Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – In a decisive move towards economic development, Sierra Leone recently hosted a workshop spearheaded by the National Consumer Protection Commission (NCPC). The focus of the event, held at the New City Council Conference Hall in Freetown, centred around the implementation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional competition framework.
Bringing together key stakeholders, the workshop aimed to address the crucial role of competition laws, consumer protection, and the necessity for collaboration between national and regional bodies.
During the workshop, Lawrence Bassie, the Chief Executive Officer of NCPC, underscored the mission to shield consumers from unfair market practices. Despite acknowledging challenges, Bassie expressed gratitude for the support received, especially from the Ministry of Trade and Industry and ECOWAS.
In his statement, Aruna Musa, the ECOWAS representative, highlighted collaborative efforts to develop competition and consumer protection within the ECOWAS framework.
Additionally, Simeon Kofi from the ECOWAS Regional Competition Authority emphasized the importance of competition in promoting economic prosperity, innovation, and trade development.
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Madam Fatmata Wurie, addressed the workshop, calling it a crucial step in tackling monopoly and promoting fair trade, expressing hope for positive outcomes.
This workshop marks a crucial milestone in advancing Sierra Leone’s economic development through fair trade and healthy competition. The collaboration between national and regional stakeholders, commitment from ECOWAS, and the dedication of local authorities highlight a united effort towards fostering economic growth in the region. PSN/29/1/2024