The Sierra Leone Chamber of Agribusiness and Development (SLeCAD) in collaboration with the Office of the Diaspora (ODA) and the Sierra Leone Netherland Business and Cultural Council (SLNBCC) will, on Friday 17th March, host their first business summit for local entrepreneurs at the Cube restaurant.
According to the Director of Diaspora Affairs, Kallay Musa Conteh, they are presently looking at how they can harness the diaspora resources towards national development.
The Manager of Private Sector at ODA, Joseph Lansana, explained that they have been working with other groups in promoting local entrepreneurs overseas as they have the ideas but not enough capital, which is why they want to link them with diaspora who will then link them with investors.
He disclosed that they are looking at four areas including agriculture, manufacturing industry, energy and construction, adding that they will probably work on the area of education in the near future.
The Coordinator of SLNBCC, Binta Jalloh, maintained her organization intends to link businesses from the Netherland to Sierra Leone and the other way round as a way for trying to promote the private sector.
She said the event would serve as a opportunity for a sustainable collaboration for companies, organisations based in Sierra Leone to share common ideas, skills, values and possible resources for the establishment to be effective and efficient business relationship that would ensure economic growth in the country.
During the business summit on Friday 17th organizers will select 5 or 6 companies to participate in an upcoming seminar in Holland on the 6th of April.
Ahmed Nanoh, the Executive Secretary of SLeCAD, maintained that a country’s economy will boom when the private sector is up and running, disclosing that the private sector in Sierra Leone is still dormant which is negatively affecting the growth in the country.
He explained that the government needs to create an enabling atmosphere for the private sector to be able to operate well and move the economy forward.
By Alhaji M. Kamara
Thursday March 16, 2017.