To promote and support their business interests in Sierra Leone and overseas, the British Chamber of Commerce Sierra Leone (BCCSL), has held a wine and network evening in an informal setting bringing together business associates or prospective members to join the Chamber at the Raddison Blu, Mammy Yoko Hotel.
The Wine and Network evening is one of BCCSL activities held every month or two with the ultimate aim of having members of the Chamber and their guests network in an informal atmosphere, while also providing opportunities to members and non-members of the Chamber to discuss investment opportunities and development of the private sector. The evening attracted Senior government officials, the British High Commissioner and Deputy, the United Kingdom Parliamentary Committee, the Minister of Tourism, Chair of the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce and Executive members, DFID, World Bank, Bankers’ Association and members of the Rotary Club.
Rt Hon, Sir Malcolm Brunce, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Government in the United Kingdom who was the special guest of honour, said he is interested in what the United Kingdom government is doing and the impact it has created on Sierra Leoneans.
He said the United Kingdom through DIFD, has supported the country through education, health, agriculture and other sectors so that poverty can be reduced.
Sir Malcolm Bruce said UK commitment to Sierra Leone is real and that the government of Sierra Leone is a constructive partner. He said they are looking at issues that will reduce poverty in the country like road construction, skills, access to health and education among others.
He reiterated that he has met with President Ernest Bai Koroma and held talks with him on issues challenging them and how they can improve on them.
Minister of Tourism, Peter Bayuku Konteh, said the evening was a continuation with SLEIPA’s organised opportunity forum staged on 12th June to engage the private sector investors in which government wanted to know the bottlenecks surrounding their investment in the country.
He said the key issues highlighted at the forum surrounds the clearing of containers at the quay.
Mr Konteh said government recognises the importance of the private sector and is committed to addressing their concerns in the earliest possible time.
He also noted the support of our development partners especially DFID and their contribution to the transformation of the country.
The Tourism Minister made it clear that today in Sierra Leone things are getting better as government is creating an enabling environment for the country to be more democratic, more free as a people and providing more infrastructural developments like roads, electricity, water supply among others.
One of the investors, representing the Mano River Marketing Company, Sheka Forna, said the evening was a perfect opportunity for business people to meet and interact with diverse business people.
The British Chamber of Commerce Sierra Leone was setup to promote the business interests of all our members both in Sierra Leone and overseas, strengthen commercial ties between Britain and Sierra Leone, introduce New Foreign Businesses into the Sierra Leone market, encourage Sierra Leone investment into UK, drive the Private Sector forward, reduce dependency on aid and encourage capacity building in the private sector.
Friday June 20, 2014