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Sierra Leone woos Nigerians for investment

06 March 2014, 15:12

Lagos - The Sierra Leonean Minister of Trade and Industry, Usman Kamara  has urged Nigerians to take advantage of the investment opportunities in his country.

Kamara, who spoke at the Nigeria/Sierra Leone Investment Forum in Lagos, said Sierra Leone was fast becoming one of Africa’s investment destinations.

“We are here today to showcase existing investment opportunities in Sierra Leone.

“We want Nigerians to know that Sierra Leone is today safer for investment with improvements in law, governance, human rights and social services.

“Nigerians should, therefore, take advantage of the different investment opportunities that abound in Sierra Leone today,’’ he said.

Kamara said that there were investment opportunities in oil palm, sugar production, cocoa and rice cultivation.

The minister said that the government had also evolved programmes and policies aimed at attracting investors to the country.

“Sierra Leone is ready to use innovative and smart techniques to attract the right investments.

“We will continue to be investor-friendly, for that is the way to increase revenues needed for investment,’’ he said.

Nigerian Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Gladys Quist-Adebiyi, also enjoined Nigerians to explore the country’s abundant investment opportunities.

Quist-Adebiyi, also urged Sierra Leonean investors not to be deterred by the activities of insurgents in some parts of Nigeria, but should also feel free to promote investment in the country.

She said that the Federal Government was working hard at fighting insecurity and the activities of insurgents in the North Eastern parts of the country.

-    NAN

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