He made this assurance during the First Public-Private Investor Aftercare Roundtable organized by
Delivering the keynote address, President Koroma reiterated his commitment to ensure his government is the most business friendly in the history of
According to the President, the roundtable was organized to take stock of our achievements, review challenges and collaboratively come out with strategies that would sustain the ongoing transformation of the country.
"This is a round table for local and international private sector players to advise government on how to improve the investment climate together," he said, and went on to state that the round table is a platform for networking and exchanging views on business and investment relations and it presents a timely opportunity for a constructive dialogue on how to use our synergies for meeting today's challenges in the business environment.
He disclosed that one of the major reasons why he joined politics was to ensure the private sector was accorded the centrality it deserves by public officials, and added "we will run the government as efficiently as the private sector and we will do all we can to unleash the enormous energies of the private sector for sustainable transformation of the country."
Government, President Koroma noted, has indeed acted on such knowledge, by way of putting in place policies that have attracted the largest private sector investments in
"Because we believe in the power of the private sector, our economy is now amongst the fastest growing in the world; business and investor confidence in the country is growing and the future of investments in the country is brighter now than at any time in our nation's history," President Koroma said, and admitted that although government has improved
Chairman of Board of Directors of SLIEPA, Mrs.
Mrs Strasser-King encouraged players in the sector to seize the opportunities created by the country's macro-economic stability and GDP growth recorded at 13.3% at the end of 2013, ranking the country's growth rate as the second highest in the world, but therefore admonished all not to be complacent, " for we must continue to move in an upward trajectory."
Chairman of the occasion and Managing Director of the
He maintained that SLIEPA understands that "better feedback from our investment partners will help government make the right decision about future investment climate reforms," noting that the country's economic growth in recent years was largely due to investment activities, especially in the mining, agriculture, banking, telecommunication and other growth related sectors.
Head of Delegation of
According to Country Representative of the African Development Bank Dr
"These reforms effectively commenced with a comprehensive Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) which recommended series of (106) actions bordering on implementing business climate regulatory reforms and trade facilitation reforms to improve the ease of doing business," he emphasized.
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