June 28, 2016 By Memunatu Bangura
National Coordinator of the Sierra Leone Trade and Industry Watch (SLeTIWA) has promised that his organisation would promote the local content policy, promote value for local providers and focus on fair labour and trade in the country.
Bernard Conteh was speaking yesterday at the official launch of the organisation in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs, with the motto: ‘Fair Trade, Fair Labour and Development.’
He explained that SLeTIWA was established in June 2015 to monitor and provide an independent view on trade and industry processes that are geared towards development strides in the country, and to ensure quality products delivery, fair trade and labour.
He emphasised that the organisation would also monitor the country’s trade policies and promote the Local Content Policy.
Conteh further explained that SLeTIWA was a non- governmental organisation that is registered with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and National Youth Commission.
He said they work in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Ministry of Labour to promoting participation of young people in development through trade.
“The organisation is working closely with the general public, especially business people, consumers and young, and by extension stakeholders in the trade and industry sector in Sierra Leone,” he said.
As part of their objectives, Conteh said the organisation would monitor and provide an autonomous, credible and non-partial view on all trade related issues in the country, combine trade and factory monitoring in order to improve working conditions for employees, ensure value for customers and coexistence and respect for both local and international investors irrespective of political affiliation, background and religion, among others.
Delivering the keynote address, chairman of the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA), Oluniyi Robin-Coker said the agency works to promote foreign direct investment in Sierra Leone by way of marketing the country as a good destination for foreign investors.
He said the Trade Ministry was committed to working in collaboration with SLeTIWA to promote the local content policy in the country.