The UK-Sierra Leone Trade and Investment Conference is jointly supported by the UK Government and Sierra Leone Government and attracted more than 300 investors and focused on how the Government of Sierra Leone can convince foreign investors to start investing in the country.
Since he assumed office, President Bio has made several trips abroad looking for foreign investors to come to the country. But with the number of investors in the UK-Sierra Leone Trade Investment Conference, it is hoped that President Bio’s investment policy will bring dividends for the country.
Speaking to AYV International in the UK, President Bio noted that his government will be creating an atmosphere that will promote investment and that they have a collective responsibility to provide pleasant experience and a supportive environment for investors to repatriate their returns.
Mr. Bio added that it is important to search for investors in the UK especially as the two countries share bilateral relationships.
“For everything thing that we have done in Sierra Leone we need to let the world know and we need to attract foreign investors who may not have had the chance of going to Sierra Leone to do so now,” President Bio said.
He went on to say that, the country has challenges but is dealing with them to create a better atmosphere for businesses to thrive, adding that he wants to give potential investors convincing information for them to invest in Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone according to Mr. Bio is a safe democracy after several elections and peaceful transfer of power.
Mr. Bio disclosed that Sierra Leone has 5.4 million hectares of arable land for those interested in agriculture, in addition to large fish stocks, beautiful landscape and beaches for investors interested in tourism.
Mr. Bio maintained that Sierra Leone is the best choice for people that want to invest. “We are out here to sell the country and for people to be aware that the war is over there is no more Ebola and mudslide. Above all, Sierra Leone is ready.” Bio told his audience.
Fighting corruption is one way to give confidence to potential investors as corruption prevents genuine investors from investing in the country. President Bio added that corruption has been choking investment in the country; the reason why he is waging a serious war against it.