The newly accredited United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Michael Owen has assured the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Dr. Soccoh Kabia of his country’s determination to help Sierra Leone attain sustainable economic development.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Minister at his Youyi Building Office, Mr. Owen cited a number of assistance they have rendered to the country, especially in the area of Fisheries Surveillance and pledged their continued support.
The Envoy also expressed the desire to assist in the area of aquaculture (fish farming) development and disclosed that there are currently 35 Peace Corps volunteers working in Sierra Leone adding that the number will be increased to 50 in May, this year.
He congratulated the Minister on his new appointment and looked forward to a continued cordial bilateral relation between the two countries.
Receiving the envoy, the Fisheries Minister, Dr Soccoh Kabia thanked him for his visit and expressed appreciation to the US Government for its ongoing assistance to Sierra Leone.
He mentioned the numerous strides government is making in promoting effective and efficient service delivery in the fisheries sector and hoped the US Government would continue to help in policing the country’s territorial waters.
The Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Jeneh Kandeh said the envoy’s visit was a manifestation of their determination to ensure Sierra Leoneans achieve economic prosperity and wished him a successful tenure of office.
By A. Max Konneh, Press Officer, MFMR