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“Sierra Leone’s Appreciation of China Is Great” – Acting HOM

“Sierra Leone’s Appreciation of China Is Great” – Acting HOM

Beijing, China – Acting Head of Mission, Sierra Leone Embassy in China has spoken, that China’s role in Sierra Leone’s development is greatly appreciated by Sierra Leoneans, especially as it [China] has been playing an outstanding role in “our development agenda” and  therefore assured, that the diplomatic relationship that had been established between the two countries for over forty years ago will continue to exist for years to come.  (Photo: John Baimba Sesay, Information Attache, Sierra Leone Embassy, China)

Speaking on December 29th 2011 to embassy staff   to mark the end of 2011, Mr. Paul Minah informed local and homebase (diplomatic) staff that China has been very helpful to Sierra Leone and as such, extended “Sierra Leone Government’s thanks and appreciation to the Government and people of China for their tremendous support to us as a country”. Sierra Leone, he said, has a lot of potentials for development and that with China being a friend of Sierra Leone it means the relationship “will continue to flourish.”

Speaking further, Mr. Paul Minah on behalf of the diplomatic staff extended thanks and appreciation to the local staff in the embassy that have been of great and outstanding support and who have demonstrated dedication to work, in especially taking the embassy to where it has arrived at the moment and that over the years, there must have been challenges “but such challenges never prevented us from doing what we should do as an Embassy”.

The Acting Head of Mission also used the occasion to officially introduce the embassy’s Press Attaché, John Baimba Sesay, to the local staff saying, “… he is here to work with us and handle the Embassy’s Public Relations, as well as its communication activities” and called on all to give the needed support to the Press Attaché for him to achieve his goals.

In his remarks, Second Secretary at the embassy, Dr Phillip Kargbo commended the entire embassy staff for what he referred to as “team spirit and dedication to service” and for achieving a lot over the years, despite challenges. He said, he is sure, 2012, like any other year, will also come with its challenges “but these challenges will be defeated”.

John Baimba Sesay, the Mission’s Press Attaché, in his few remarks expressed thanks and appreciation to all, for the enormous support that he has been given since he arrived in mid December to take up duty and promised to work with everyone to be able to achieve his goals. “My work depends on the support I get from you in the embassy and primarily based on what the embassy does…”he explained.

Ms. Jenny Chen, Embassy’s Secretary in her remarks showered praises on the embassy, especially on the Acting Head of Mission and the Missions’ Second Secretary for helping her at a time of great need .On behalf of the eight local staff, she also expressed their appreciation to the embassy for working with them and called on the local staff to continue to work well and be dedicated to service.

The Sierra Leone Mission in China is also accredited to a number of countries in South East Asia and the Pacific Region, including Japan, New Zealand, and Australia among others.  Since entering into diplomatic ties in 1971,China  has  been of great help to  Sierra Leone in terms of completing  a number of projects, such as station for popularizing rice-cultivation techniques, road bridges, National Stadium, sugar complex, office building, hydropower station, power transmission and substation projects, civil housing. Sierra Leone has also been receiving help from China in the area of boasting its educational sector.

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