Romania is a country in South-Eastern Europe that will be celebrating its 100th year Independent Anniversary on December 1, 2018. Romania, a country inhabited by three regions from ancient times – Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina joined the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.
The celebration, which was the official inauguration of the Romanian Honorary Consulate to Sierra Leone, took place at the Langoonda Hotel in Freetown, Sierra Leone on Tuesday 27th November 2018.
In his opening statement, the Director of Protocol Sahr Johnny welcomed the guests and underscored the importance of the celebration, which was to broaden and deepen the existing bilateral relationships between the two countries. He added that he was representing the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation who was out of the country. He lauded the support of Honorary Consul of Romania and pledged to work with their Government, as this is consistent with the vision of the New Direction of his Excellency Julius Maada Bio, to increase our diplomatic reach to countries with investment potentials’.
Ahmad Mackie, the Honorary Consul of Romania in Sierra Leone in his address dilated on the established diplomatic relations between Sierra Leone and Romania, which had been since 1971.He added that the opening of the Honorary Consulate in Freetown marks an important step towards strengthening bilateral relations between Romania and Sierra Leone. “We will focus on trade and investment, including through the financial mechanisms offered by the European Union programme to African Continent” he stated. He concluded by saying that as a member state of the European Union, Romanian Consulate in Freetown will work closely with the EU Delegation in enhancing the relations with the administration in Freetown.
The event was climaxed by interactions of the Romanian team to Sierra Leone and members of staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.