During the official opening of the Sierra Leone Honorary Consulate in Jamaica on 7th February, 2023 the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr Memunatu Pratt, commended President Julius Maada Bio for opening Sierra Leone to the Caribbean community and also presented the country’s rich tourism and cultural potentials for investment.
Dr. Memunatu Pratt who served as the keynote speaker at the historic opening of the Sierra Leone Consulate in Jamaica was accompanied by the Director of Tourism, Mohamed Jalloh and the General Manager of the National Tourist Board.
The Minister and team will also attend the Africa-Caribbean Trade and Investment Forum as part of the series of activities they will engage in that are geared towards making a case for investment in the tourism industry.
Delivering her keynote address, Dr. Memunatu Pratt noted that the opening of the Sierra Leone Consulate in the Caribbean will not only open the West African destination to the Caribbean, but also ease the stress of travelling between the two countries and at the same time enhance cultural exchanges through tourism.
She commended President Bio for his resolve in positioning the country with the international community.
She on behalf of the tourism sector congratulated the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Jamaica, Professor Rosalea Hamilton on her appointment, saying that her presence in Jamaica will not only strengthen the bi-lateral relationship between the two countries but will encourage more Caribbeans to visit Sierra Leone.
The Minister and her team joined the Government of Jamaica through their Ministry of Culture in the celebration of the legacy of the late popular Jamaica singer, Bob Marley. The event brought together reggae singers from across the world performing their different arts in commemoration of the late reggae legend.
Dr. Pratt and team met with the son of the late Bob Marley who explained the commemoration of his father’s legacy. The event was an important one as the United Nations has now recognized reggae music.
The newly appointed Sierra Leone Honorary Consul in Jamaica, Professor Rosalea Hamilton and the Sierra Leone Ambassador to the United States of America, Ambassador Sidique Wai and cross section of the Sierra Leonean community in Jamaica were all part of the historic opening of the consulate.