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FTInsight Feb 2016

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The only magazine for those who do business in Sierra Leone feature: JS Koroma of Union Trust Bank The Mooc revolution 4 investment opportunities Rebecca Perlman on renewed opportunities plus polls, surveys and a look at the start up experience in Sierra Leone

Editor’s Insight

Editor’s Insight Welcome to the second issue of Insight magazine and thank you for all your feedback, comments and support. We have added a range of new pages to our website including a news section and of course, the change makers page – so you can go directly to the people making a difference in Sierra Leone’s business and investment sector. Our website is updated regularly with exclusive content, and I am delighted to say that we regularly achieve over 2,000 visitors to the site and have almost 1000 subscribers for the digital version of the magazine. Sign up at www.ftinsight.net. In our February issue, we hear from Professor Monty Patrick Jones, Sierra Leone’s new Minister of Agriculture, and his plans for a sustainable agricultural industry in Sierra Leone. We look at the MOOC revolution in online education and ask if it could provide a solution to Sierra Leone’s tertiary education slump. Survive and Succeed takes a different approach and we’ve devoted a whole section to the challenges of Sierra Leone’s start up businesses – complete with a snapshot survey of our readers’ experiences and two case histories. Rebecca Perlman of Herbert Smith Freehills follows up the successful launch of the firm’s investment guide with an expert’s look at Sierra Leone’s renewed focus on being an investment friendly economy. Our change maker is James Sanpha Koroma, the man who set up Sierra Leone’s only indigenously owned private bank 20 years ago and has watched his audacious vision go from strength to strength. FT Insight 3 38 Spur Road, Freetown | Tel: +232 77 399399 | Website: www.swissspirithotels.com/freetown Sierra Leone’s economy looks brighter this year. The Ebola epidemic has been declared over, although sporadic flare ups can be expected. Fly Salone gives us the advantage once again of direct flights to the country, which means travelers from the UK can be here in six hours; and the collapse in iron ore prices has refocused the government’s attention on diversifying the economy with agriculture as a priority. On 5 May we will be discussing Sierra Leone’s economic opportunities at an investment forum in London hosted by Herbert Smith Freehills. This is the second of what will become an annual series. Confirmed speakers include Dr Kailfala Marah, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance, Professor Monty Patrick Jones, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Agriculture and Dr Samura Kamara, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. 38 Spur Road, Freetown | Tel: +232 77 399399 | www.swissspirithotels.com/freetown Freetown Insight +44 771 722 1023 memunaforna@ftinsight.net Our April issue will also focus on investment – the opportunities, challenges, and the pioneers. Sierra Leone’s business environment is testing, it’s not for the faint hearted; and it can be a tight rope walk to find success, but the companies that emerge intact are outstanding examples of entrepreneurship. Hearing your opinions and views on the subject is important to us. We look forward to your suggestions, comments, feedback and feature ideas. Our readers are at the sharp end of business and investment and we always welcome your contributions. Editor: Memuna Forna Art Director: Erika Perez-Leon Contributors: Professor Monty Patrick Jones, Minister of Agriculture Angela Betancourt Unisa Dizo Conteh Alinah Kallon Rebecca Perlman Advertising Enquiries: memunaforna@ftinsight.net +44 771 722 1023 / +232 79953382 www.ftinsight.net

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