The aim of Minister Kabba’s visit was to promote the Sierra Leone government’s new foreign policy orientation of economic diplomacy and his desire to strategically redirect the focus of the London Mission in deepening bilateral cooperation with the government of the United Kingdom, as well as strengthen Sierra Leone’s multilateral engagement with the Commonwealth.
Minister Kabba held meetings with the UK Minister of State for Africa – Harriet Baldwin, the Commonwealth Secretary General – Patricia Scotland, and Conservative MP and former UK International Development Minister – Andrew Mitchell, to speak about the core priorities of the New Direction and the anti-poverty agenda of the government of president Julius Maada Bio.
Dr. Kabba also drew the attention of the UK government to the changing priorities on the ground in favor of trade and investment, rather than social programmes that have attracted the bulk of UK Aid to Sierra Leone.
He also met with a cross-section of the Sierra Leone Diaspora community in London and discussed the positive transformation taking place in Sierra Leone under the New Direction. He also spoke about the very important role that Sierra Leoneans living and working in the UK have to play in helping develop the country.