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Sierra Leone News: Westminster to invest more in Salone

Chairman of Westminster Group, a London based company, The Rt Hon. Sir Tony Baldry has told Awoko that he is in town to see how the company is fairing and to look at ways to continue investing in the country. He said Westminster is a British owned company, operating in about 50 countries worldwide with all the shareholders being British and the company listed in the London Stock Exchange. “We started operating in Sierra Leone in 2012 when the country was in dire need of a professional company to handle the ground handling of the Lungi airport. At that time we sent in 30 experts to work with Sierra Leoneans and today only three are still in the country adhering to the Local Content Policy.” Hon Tony Baldry said they have spent millions of Pounds to raise the standard of handling at the airport and today the airport is safe, with less complaints of theft in luggages. He said they will continue to invest in modern equipment and sniffer dogs because wherever they work, they believe in giving quality and adhering to standards. He said he met with President Bio and Vice President Juldeh Bah as he said he cannot come to Sierra Leone and not meet with the president to discuss how his company can help in the development process of the country. “Discussing with President Bio was an opportunity as we talked about how to modernize the airport, how we can work on bringing down the ticket prices, to get direct flights from London to Sierra Leone, ecotourism and how we can help in the investment conference next month in London.” Hon Tony Baldry said the government and Westminster will start talks soon on how they can reduce the price of tickets so that it can be at par with other Mano River Union Countries so that Sierra Leone too will be competitive. “On my return I will look for flights that will start operating between London and Sierra Leone as presently there is no direct flight between the two countries. I will try all my best to make sure that we get cheap flights to operate this route. Today in Uganda and Kenya ecotourism is doing very well and I am sure it will be the same for Sierra Leone, so it is another area that we will pursue to help the tourism sector grow in the country.” The Chairman said they are the only British company working in Saudi Arabia and Iran and they have partners in Saudi Arabia for ecotourism that they will talk to for them to come and invest in Sierra Leone. He said Sierra Leone has all it takes to develop ecotourism in the country and he is determined to see it grow in Sierra Leone. “I was told by the president of the investment conference next month in London and he said he will be attending. We discussed at length on how Westminster will be of immense help to work with the Sierra Leone High Commission in London to make sure the conference is successful. As we are one of two British company’s in Sierra Leone, we would be at a vantage point to entice more British companies to come and invest in Sierra Leone. We will do all in our power to make sure that this investment conference becomes successful, that will see more British companies coming to invest.” When asked about the atmosphere in Sierra Leone for investors, Hon Tony Baldry said if the atmosphere was not conducive, Westminster will not be here. He said in every country there are challenges, but those challenges can always overcomed. He said with more investment in the country it will create more job opportunities, services and products for the people. The Chairman averred that Sierra Leone is open for business and the president is doing all in his power to attract more investors in various areas. He said they will look at other areas like agriculture also to invest and He will not relent to help bring investors into the country. The Westminster Group Plc is structured into two vertically integrated operating divisions, Managed Services and Technology and the Group’s principal activity is the design, supply and on-going support of advanced technology security solutions, encompassing a wide range of surveillance, detection, tracking and interception technologies and the provision of long-term managed services contracts such as the management and running of complete security services and solutions in airports, ports and other such facilities together with the provision of manpower, consultancy and training services. Westminster’s commitment to quality is total and applies to all areas of business; ensuring clients receive the highest standards of service and aftercare 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Group has extensive experience gained over many years in the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a wide range of security and defence solutions including a wide range of anti-terrorism equipment & systems, border security systems and homeland security solutions.

Wednesday May 8, 2019.


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