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Sierra Leone News: 150 Locals trained in pottery production techniques

Sierra Leoneans are presently undertaking a 45 days theoretical and practical pottery making techniques in Waterloo and Lunsar sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of China, executed by Hunan International Business Vocational College, and co-organized by Liling Ceramics & Fireworks Vocational College. The official launch of the training course on pottery production techniques for Sierra Leone, 2018″ was held at Matainkay village in Waterloo attracting participants, including Zhang Xueqian, Economic and Commercial Counselor of Chinese Embassy, Sun Lingxiang, Hunan Provincial Department of Commerce, Yankuba, Director of Asia and Middle East of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Songa, Deputy Director of Committee of Sierra Leone Parliament, councilors of Waterloo, program participants and local villagers. According to the organized the experts will share Chinese development experience and unreservedly passed on their theoretical and practical pottery making techniques. Counselor Zhang Xueqian congratulated the pottery training participants on the successful start maintaining China has always been committed in helping Sierra Leone train talents, strengthening bilateral human resources development and cooperation and playing an active role in improving the capability of independent development of Sierra Leone. “As an innovative way and a new attempt, it is the first time that China implements such training in Sierra Leone for the purpose of benefiting more Sierra Leoneans,” he said, encouraging the trainees to actively participate in class and practicing activities, study hard to improve the skills of making pottery. He also urged the Chinese experts to do their utmost to instruct trainees without reservations and feel and experience the culture of Sierra Leone, which according to him will promote the bilateral exchange of culture and strengthen people-to-people ties. “This program is expected to be a platform of learning skills as well as deepening China-Sierra Leone friendship and cooperation, he said. According to Yankuba the training course is welcome news for both countries as Sierra Leoneans are desperate to learn new skills to improve on their knowledge and experience. He expressed gratitude to the Chinese government and Chinese people for the long-term friendly cooperation, including providing the first pottery-training program for Sierra Leoneans. “Through this program, techniques will be transferred to the trainees, jobs will be created for the youth and thus Sierra Leone will be industrialized and ultimately achieve socio-economic transformation,” he said. The training will enable trainees to acquire knowledge that will be sustainable and assist lifting them and this country from poverty since China has a long history of producing fascinating pottery, according to Songa. Exchanges and cooperation between Hunan Provice of China and Sierra Leone in the fields of public health, port construction and energy were introduced by Sun Lingxiang, and he also hoped this training would further deepen such exchanges and cooperation. Councilor Ishmail indicated they would fully support the experts to conduct the training as a way of empowering their youths and also create employment for them. Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Bangura, representing the trainees, showed his determination on valuing such opportunity, studying hard and living up to expectations.

AMK/6/11/18

Wednesday November 7, 2018.

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