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Sierra Leone News: Made-in-Sierra Leone exhibition launched

On Monday 1st October 2018, at a press conference, the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with their partners launched the made-in-Sierra Leone exhibition at the Youyi Building in Freetown. It is a one-day exhibition, which will take place at the YWCA Centre, Brookfields, on 19 October 2018. The Director of the Ministry of Trade, Charles Merewether Thompson, said in 2015 the Local Content Act came into existence to give strength to local products and individuals. He said the essence of such a fair is to ensure that Sierra Leonean products are prioritised and must be used by Sierra Leoneans. The Director of Sierra Leone Local Content Agency, Emmanuel Konjoh, said “Issues of the past has taught us a lesson.” He stressed, “It is strategic to prioritise our products and we must ensure that we take ownership of our economy.” He said they are presently working in order to address the issue of skills gap that hampers locally-produced products. According to Executive Director of Standards Bureau, Yormah, quality, packaging, knowledge and awareness raising are the key for standard products. “We should not sacrifice quality.” Our local products are organic and lack chemicals compared to some foreign products, which I think give us more edge.”  He said Sierra Leoneans should come on board and promote their own products instead of the foreign goods. The Minister of Trade and Industry, Peter Bayuku Konteh, said people should be using Sierra Leonean products. We also need to think about ways to improve the standards of our products. He said clean and safe products are the key towards developing our local goods.

MJB/1/10/18

By Mohamed J. Bah

Tuesday October 02, 2018.

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