More Goodies for Sierra Leone from Kuwait
Sierra Leone’s envoy to the Gulf State of Kuwait has successfully finalized a loan agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. (Photo: Ambassador Kamara and the Director General of Kuwait Civil Aviation Authority signing air services agreement)
In a brief telephone interview last night, HE Ibrahim Bakarr Kamara, said his government will sign a 15 million dollar loan with the Kuwait Fund at an official ceremony in Freetown on 30th May, 2011.
The money, according to Ambassador Kamara, is for the procurement of diagnostic equipment and logistical support for three hospitals in Sierra Leone, with the sole aim of boosting the country’s health sector in line with President Koroma’s “Agenda for Change”.
The Ambassador also affirmed that he recently represented Sierra Leone’s interest in securing a grant of US$ 3 million from the Resources of Kuwait Goodwill Fund for the promotion of Food Security in Islamic Countries.
“I would also lead a high-profile delegation of the Goodwill Fund to Freetown in the next few days where they will map out strategies for the utilization of the said fund,” HE Ibrahim Kamara disclosed.
In another related development, the Ambassador has signed an Air Services Agreement between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the State of Kuwait.
“As an embassy representing the government and people of Sierra Leone in this part of the world, we want to facilitate direct flight from Kuwait International Airport (KIA) to Lungi International Airport, (FNA)” the Ambassador reiterated.
In his drive to attract investors and Asian tourists to Sierra Leone, the Ambassador said he had been a guest in many media institutions in Kuwait to explain to Kuwaiti public that peace and tranquility has finally returned to Sierra Leone.
Since the word ‘war-torn’ has been the major reason for some investors and tourists turning their backs on Sierra Leone, the Ambassador added, ” I have made it very clear to them that Sierra Leone is one of the safest countries in West Africa as people go about their normal business activities at any given time without hindrance and the country is ready for business.”
The Ambassador said he had assured investors that his government had implemented measures to protect them and their investments, adding that, his clarion call for potential investors to go and invest in his country will soon start yielding dividends.
“I also informed them that Sierra Leone is now one of the top five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa when it comes to investor protection and the ease of starting a business,” he concluded.
Alhaji Ben Jalloh, Press Attaché, Gulf States, based in Riyadh
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