December 19, 2017 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
Executive Secretary of the Sierra Leone Chamber for Agribusiness Development (SLeCAD ), Ahmed Nanoh, has told pressmen that the chamber will be holding an agribusiness conference for members of the diaspora on 27th and 29th December in Freetown .
Speaking on Thursday at their 44 Bathurst Street Office in Freetown, Nanoh said the objectives of the conference is to promote the importance of agriculture and agribusiness in contributing to economic growth ,development and food security in Sierra Leone.
‘’To discuss the state and way forward to improve private investment in the agricultural sector and explore how to optimize value chains,” he said.
Nanoh said the conference would attract the diaspora to understand the opportunities, challenges and prospect in the Agribusiness industry in the country.
He said members of diaspora would be part of the process and that they would encourage them to invest in agribusiness, which he said can contribute immensely to the country’s GDP as agriculture accounts for 53% of the country’s GDP.
Shiaka Kawa, director of export and development, Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA), said the agency was established to promote investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and provide information to potential investors on matters relating to investments, facilitate registration of business enterprises and assist investors in obtaining permits, licenses, certificates or clearances needed for the commencement of business in the country amongst others.
Deputy Director of the office of the Diaspora, Sorie Tholley, said 44.4% of members of the diaspora wanted to invest in agribusiness and that the conference would help their brothers from overseas to see the need to invest in the country.
He added that in 2008, Office Diaspora Affairs (ODA) was established to engage with members of the diaspora to enhance capacity building to fill critical gaps through the exchange of ideas.
The Sierra Leone Produced Marketing Company (SLPMC) and the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce were part of the conference. They expressed commitment to boosting the Agribusiness sector across the country.