Sierra Leone gets honorary consul in Bavaria
As part of the diplomatic engagement to further strengthen the bilateral relationship between Sierra Leone and Germany, a new Honorary Consul has been appointed. (Photo: Ambassador Stevens and Dr Scheiter)
Dr. Dietmar Scheiter will be representing Sierra Leone as Honorary Consul in Bavaria, one of the sixteen states in the Federal Republic of Germany.
While congratulating him, Ambassador Stevens informed Dr. Scheiter about his key challenges and the enormous task ahead. He said Sierra Leone needs partners that are committed towards promoting its socio economic development. This could be done through strategic planning with meaningful investors in a bid to lure their interests to the country.
He informed him about the investment mechanisms that the government has put in place to ensure a level playing field for all. The recently reviewed investment policy and the establishment of the Sierra Leone Investment and Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) are striking examples, Ambassador Stevens said.
He added that the role of SLIEPA is to provide guidance and design a national export strategy that would serve as a holistic national medium term plan to revamp the export sector in the country. Dr. Scheiter is expected to use his influence and wealth of experience to inform business people about Sierra Leone’s rich investment potentials.
The Head of Chancery, Mr. Al-Hassan K. Kondeh, encouraged Dr. Scheiter to be steadfast in promoting the interest of the country and its citizens in Bavaria.
As a focal point of contact in Bavaria, Dr. Scheiter should ensure that Sierra Leoneans living within his ambit get his total support and assistance. “We implore you to be accommodating and not dismissive in the discharge of your duties,” he admonished the new Honorary Consul for Bavaria.
Dr. Scheiter who is pleased to take up the appointment, expressed hope that he will be able to influence many contacts especially medium size companies and his rotary network.
According to him, Bavaria is a very powerful state in the south and promised that he would use all it takes to market Sierra Leone in Germany.
Umaru S. Jah-Berlin
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