With 30 Big Investors Dutch Trade Minister Visits Brewery
Together with a 45-man high-level delegation, among them 30 big investors from the Netherlands, the Dutch Minister of Trade and Foreign Cooperation, Mrs. Lilian Plounen, on Tuesday, July 7th, paid a historic visit to the Sierra Leone Brewery to meet, interact and discuss with the Sorghum farmers.
The memorable meeting took place at the Sierra Leone Brewery office in the Wellington Industrial Estate, East-end of Freetown and attracted numerous Sorghum farmers from the North, South and Eastern Regions of Sierra Leone.
While addressing the farmers, the Dutch Trade Minister, who is one of the main sponsors of Brewery, said she was highly impressed by the evidently cordial and mutually beneficial relationship that between them and the Sierra Leone Brewery, noting that that he came purposely to Sierra Leone to meet with the Sorghum farmers to interact and discuss with them.
She assured the Sorghum farmers of her continuous support and encouraged them to increase their Sorghum production for their own economic advancement and the further progress of the company.
Mrs. Plounen commended the farmers for their tremendous contribution towards the Sierra Leone Brewery’s production process by supplying the company with their Sorghum product used to brew the beer for which Brewery is famous.
Speaking on behalf of the Sorghum farmers, the President of the National Farmers Association, Dennis Jusu, described the visit as timely, momentous and memorable and a glaring manifestation of the Dutch Minister’s commitment to the Sorghum farmers and the company.
Mr. Jusu noted that since the Sorghum farmers started doing business with Brewery in after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the company in 2006, their economic status has been boosted remarkably from the subsistent farmers they used to big commercial farmers.
The Managing Director of Brewery, Alphonse Ngana, referred to the Dutch Ministers visit as a milestone in the history of Brewery. Ngana pointed out that the company is poised to continue uplifting the economic status of the Sorghum farmers, adding that the company clearly manifested its commitment to the farmers when it succeeded in negotiating a loan scheme for them at the Union Trust Bank to help them increase their Sorghum production.
Among the high-powered delegation of the Dutch Trade Minister was the Sierra Leone Ambassador to the European Union, His Excellency, Ibrahim Sorie. He described the Dutch Trade Minister’s visit, together with thirty big investors, as a clear pointer to the fact that Sierra Leone has stated regaining investor confidence despite the persistence of the murderous Ebola disease.
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