November 14, 2017
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Mathew Teambo, and some of his staff who recently attended a Seminar on Trade Facilitation for Developing Countries in China, last Friday paid a courtesy call on Mr. Shen Xiaokai, Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone.
In his statement during the meeting, Dr. Teambo said the purpose of their visit was to thank the government of China, through the Ministry of Commerce, for providing the training opportunity for staff at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. He expressed his appreciation for the long bilateral co-operation between China and Sierra Leone, adding that Sierra Leone has benefited tremendously from the close ties over the years.
Dr. Teambo also expressed his gratitude to Mr. Xiaokai over China’s contribution to human resource development, capacity building, infrastructural development, and bilateral trade and investment in Sierra Leone, spanning many years. He pledged that his ministry would continue to work very closely with the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone for the mutual benefit of citizens of both countries.
Mr. Stephen James Foyah, one of the participants, said he was very grateful for the opportunity to visit China. He said the seminar was refreshing and an eye opener for him as he saw firsthand the level of commitment and dedication of the Chinese people to the work. “This explains why China has rapidly developed since their reform and opening up policy started,” he stated. “My approach to my work has improved since my return from China.”
Mr. Xiaokai, in his response, said China was committed to providing more training opportunities to Sierra Leoneans in 2018, adding that the focus would be on four pillars – Agriculture, Education, Public Health, and Trade – with each pillar training some 100 Sierra Leoneans.
The Economic Counsellor also disclosed that China would host the first China International Import Expo from November 5 to 10, 2018 in Shanghai. This import expo will attract buyers from around the globe and urged the business community in Sierra Leone to participate in a bid to market the country and tap into business opportunities in China.
He concluded by thanking the minister and his entourage for the visiting to his office and affirmed his willingness to work with the ministry and other ministries, departments and agencies to strengthen the bilateral ties between China and Sierra Leone.