The Ministry of Trade and Industry, under the leadership of Hon Alpha Ibrahim Sesay, recently convened a Press Conference and Familiarization meeting with a delegation of Moroccan Investors in Sierra Leone.
Minister Sesay underscored the significance of the visit, attributing it to President Dr Julius Maada Bio’s commitment to fostering foreign direct investment and positioning the country as an attractive destination.
Highlighting the fruitful connection between President Bio and the King of Morocco, Minister Sesay emphasized the strong commitment demonstrated by both governments to fortify their relationship.
Ambassador Atumani Dainkeh, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Morocco, was acknowledged for his pivotal role in facilitating the visit.
The Moroccan Ambassador in Sierra Leone, Isam Taib, expressed gratitude for the warm reception, marking the beginning of a new economic partnership and south-south cooperation between the two nations.
President Bio’s personal invitation during his visit to Morocco and the shared interests in sectors like agriculture, energy, and tourism were highlighted.
Zahra Maafiri, head of the Moroccan delegation, expressed pride in being part of the delegation, citing discussions that began two years ago at the Sierra Leone Embassy in Rabat.
She praised President Bio’s vision and potential collaborations in sectors such as agriculture, education, digitalization, and tourism.
Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Timothy Musa Kabba emphasized President Bio’s initiative in engaging with Moroccan business leaders, recognizing similarities and significant investment opportunities between the two countries.
Minister Kabba welcomed the Moroccan delegation, aligning with President Bio’s strategic agenda and expressing eagerness to learn from Morocco’s development model.
Dr Edward Hinga Sandi, Executive Director of the National Investment Board, thanked Minister Sesay for organizing the bilateral engagement. He expressed Sierra Leone’s commitment to strengthening partnerships with Morocco, particularly in terms of investment.
The afternoon session featured productive discussions with representatives from various ministries presenting investment opportunities in sectors such as tourism, water resources, fisheries, gender, energy, and agriculture.
The Moroccan investors expressed eagerness to collaborate, recognizing Sierra Leone’s immense potential for trade and investment.
Chairman Honorable Alpha Ibrahim Sesay displayed exceptional leadership, setting the tone for a positive and efficient discussion.
The meeting concluded on an optimistic note, with both parties expressing enthusiasm for future collaborations, paving the way for Sierra Leone’s economic growth and development in the trade and investment sector.