Former President of Sierra Leone, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma yesterday July 13, 2022 departed Freetown for Lusaka, Zambia. He will be attending the Advisory Board meeting of the Brenthurst Foundation scheduled for 14th to 16th July 2022.
The Brenthurst Foundation is a think tank with “a focus to attract the investment needed for continental regeneration and prosperity.” Therefore, President Koroma will join other leaders, diplomats, policy experts who make up the Advisory Board from across the continent, to continue deliberations on development and investment in Africa.
While in Zambia, the Foundation will pay a courtesy call on host President Hakainde Hichilema.
From Zambia, the former Sierra Leonean leader will proceed to Arusha, Tanzania. There, he will deliver the keynote address at the Africa Drive for Democracy Conference slated for the 20th to 22nd July 2022. Under the aegis of the Strategic Litigation, MS Training Center for Development Cooperation and the Institute Security Studies, the conference brings together participants from over thirty countries to renew commitments on the promotion of democracy viz a viz the guaranteeing of a safe space for democracy activists, as well as to share experiences on the trends on the rapid decline of democracy in Africa.
President Ernest Bai Koroma will be sharing his rich experience in building peace and democracy in Sierra Leone, as well as the ECOWAS sub region. As the organizers put it: “we would like Your Excellency to reflect on your experience in Sierra Leone and what lessons could be replicated in the continent. Based on these reflections, for Your Excellency to discuss the role of civil society on the continent (notwithstanding all its limitations) in the democratization process.”
The former President will return to Sierra Leone on July 24 2022.