‘Big Makit’ to showcase Salone at International Trade Fair
Traders of Big Market in the west central of Freetown have been reassured of the market’s participation in international cultural trade fairs in order to showcase Sierra Leone tourism and cultural potentials globally.
This was made known to a cross section of Big Market’s executive during a courtesy call on President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at State House, where he outlined the touristic values of the market to the traders.
While in discussion with the traders, President Koroma expressed his profound satisfaction with business men and women for upholding the values of the market, adding that Big Market has now become a tourist attraction to Sierra Leoneans and tourists visiting the country from aboard.
He said Big Market have huge potentials of generating funds in the country and reassured them that their concerns would be taken into consideration and reiterated that the market will now be participating in international trade fairs to showcase the touristic and cultural potentials of Sierra Leone.
President Koroma said Big Market is a vital component of the country’s tourism sector, noting that tourism is not just about building hotels but to upkeep the cultural arts of a country.
“My government will give you the required supports to promote our country’s culture in the international scenes”, he said.
The chairman of Big Market, Abdul Hassan Kamara thanked President Koroma for the good work that has been done for the people of Sierra Leone. “We believe in your vision and in what has happened in your few years in office”, Kamara told President Koroma.
Big Market, according to Kamara is a historical trade centre in the whole world and it houses the best traders in the country. He highlighted lack of power and water supply among other constraints faced by traders in Big Market, thus vowing; “we want to maintain the traditions of the market, and we want the Agenda for Change to visit the market”.
He appealed to President Koroma to empower Big Market traders to showcase Sierra Leonean cultural arts in the international market.
The chairlady Thamu Davies registered their appreciation to President Koroma and appealed to him to consider Big Market to be featured at international trade fairs. She noted that President Koroma is the first Head of State that has visited Big Market.
“We offer everything for sale at Big Market in terms of arts, tradition, and culture but we are not recognized internationally”, she said.
It could be recalled that Big Market was vandalized during the 1999 rebel invasion in Freetown and it is currently an unfinished structure.
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