Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mrs. Nimatulai Bah-Chang on Wednesday 24th October 2018 received a delegation from the United Arab Emirates at the Ministry’s Tower Hill Office in Freetown. The Minister welcomed the delegation for the visit and assured them of the Government’s hospitality during their stay in the country. She reminded the delegation of the Government’s willingness to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries. The country, she added has lots of investment opportunities and is open for business especially to investors who are willing and able to benefit the country’s economy and its people.
Mrs. Bah-Chang informed the delegation that as a sign of this new Government’s appreciation of the delegation, arrangements have been made for them to be received in audience by the vice president.
The Director General and Ambassador-at-Large Mr. Paul Ansumana Senesie Minah informed the delegation that the visit will serve as an opportunity to restart the relationship between the two countries. Following the death of Sierra Leone’s former Ambassador and change of Government, he opined that “the accreditation of a new Ambassador will now yield benefits for the two countries in terms of investment.”
The Assistant Minister for International Organizations of the United Arab Emirates, Yaquob Yousif Alhosani who also doubles as the Head of Delegation informed the Sierra Leone Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mrs. Bah-Chang that they were in the country to strengthen the bilateral relationship that had existed between the two countries, he extended an invitation for an investment cooperation in the areas of tourism and other areas of investment interests to the two countries.
Khalid Matar Al Mannaei, Executive Director in the Office of Vice President for Political Affairs said Sierra Leone had many opportunities for investment and called for partnerships that will benefit the two countries. He encouraged Sierra Leone to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the UAE on cooperation and visa waiver noting that a visa waiver will bring lots of investors to the country and open doors for investments. He called for increased on the bilateral ties between the two countries that will enhance business, export and technical cooperation.