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FT Insight magazine - July/August 2016

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  • Dumbuya
  • Jaji
  • Coach
  • Leone
  • Insight
  • Population
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  • African
  • Solar
  • Jaji
  • Brexit
  • Freetown
In This Issue: His Excellency, the Sierra Leone High Commissioner, Eddie Turay Olusegun Jaji & the blood, sweat & tears of Sea Coach The Wan Pole fish sellers see the future Plus Aminata Dumbuya and Sierra Leone’s solar revolution What does Brexit mean for business? Cash or cashless – how do you spend it?

Editor’s

Editor’s Insight Guest editor: His Excellency, the Sierra Leone High Commissioner, Eddie Turay Welcome to the fourth edition of Freetown Insight. The magazine is beginning to establish itself as a fixture in Sierra Leone’s business and investment network, and I am delighted to contribute the editorial for this issue. In May I attended Invest Sierra Leone 2016 – the annual London-based investment forum organised by leading international law firm - Herbert Smith Freehills and Freetown Insight magazine. It was useful to have the chance to meet and talk with so many of the international and diaspora business and investment community in person. 13 At this year’s forum, there was an evident mood of confidence and realism which is an encouraging sign for our economy. The strong realistic presentations from speakers and the pragmatic conversations that came out during the interactive question and answer sessions, reflect the increasing vibrancy of the business environment in Sierra Leone. The message that came through is that business and investment in the country requires a blend of optimism and realism, as well as thorough preparation and patience. It’s a combination that has proved itself repeatedly in Sierra Leone and those who look beyond the newspaper headlines and are willing to take a long-term view will find that Sierra Leone’s business terrain has undoubted and ever-increasing potential. FT Insight 3 Sustainable investor commitment is important to Sierra Leone’s economic development, and it was notable that even during the Ebola epidemic, we continued to issue business visas to investors determined to stay the course. As one panelist put it during the Invest Sierra Leone 2016 forum, Sierra Leone should come with an addiction warning. 38 Spur Road, Freetown | Tel: +232 77 399399 | Website: www.swissspirithotels.com/freetown 38 Spur Road, Freetown | Tel: +232 77 399399 | www.swissspirithotels.com/freetown In his speech at Invest Sierra Leone 2016, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Samura Kamara made mention of how the private sector is itself developing the facilities and infrastructure that will make the country more appealing to the international investment community. More internationally recognised hotels are making their mark in the country - Radisson Blu, Golden Tulip and Hilton with others to follow. Enhanced air freight services are now available through Sky Handling Partners. Bollore is working on upgrading the port. The sign posts of investor confidence are springing up in every sector including health care, where the international firm Aspen has invested and are providing expert medical care in their new Freetownbased facility. The forum was made more valuable by the frank exchanges between panelists and audience. Dynamic private sector led growth is important to the Government of Sierra Leone’s vision of sustainable development, as set out in the Agenda for Prosperity, and it has made a firm commitment to improving the business environment. Feedback from the forum is a useful part of the process. Collaboration with the private sector is going to be key to Sierra Leone’s future economic success. Their skills, knowledge, creativity and experience are essential. In return we can offer untapped opportunities in a range of sectors – hotels, hospitality, agriculture, renewable energy, manufacturing and construction to name just a few. Investing in and placing your trust in Sierra Leone’s entrepreneurial spirit will pay dividends for decades to come, building a stable, prosperous, and resilient Sierra Leone which is in everyone’s interest. Thank you His Excellency, Eddie Turay, Sierra Leone High Commissioner to the United Kingdom www.ftinsight.net

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