The minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Dr.Alie Kabba, acting as an abled envoy of H.E. President Julius Maada Bio, had a fruitful meeting with the Moroccan minister of trade at 9.00am on Wednesday September 19th 2018.
Their discussion was largely centred on exploiting the positive potentials of trade relations between Sierra Leone and the Kingdom of Morocco.
The Moroccan trade minister lamented to the foreign affairs minister that although Sierra Leone has been a long time ally but there had been no significant level of trade between the two countries.
The Sierra Leonean minister, Dr. Alie Kabba assured his Moroccan counterpart that the New Direction government of
H. E. President Julius Maada Bio is determine to change all such negative realities. The minister described his visit to Rabat as a venture into economic diplomacy which would allow both countries to establish a mutually beneficial system covering all trade activities including automobile production, fertilizer manufacturing and telecommunications. All of these facets, the foreign minister suggested, should be carefully explored and deliberately interwoven to increase the prospects of the employment index and a much improved Gross Domestic Product for both countries.
The minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation emphasised the need for the establishment of Moroccan Banks in Sierra Leone to enhance the competitiveness of the banking area and help improve the smooth flow of finance between the economies.
Later a joint communique’ was signed by both the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation and the Moroccan Minister of Trade.
At the end of the working visit both men reaffirmed their strong commitment to bilateral cooperation and mutual development .
The Moroccan minister undertook the provision of an initial package of 50 scholarships for different disciplines to be awarded to deserving Sierra Leonean students and he assured Dr. Kabba that Morocco will assist the Sierra Leone Military with training, and in addition to the promised cooperation in the Banking and health sectors, will help in the establishment of a first class academy for training diplomats.
After this meeting Dr Alie Kabba headed out for a prescheduled conference with top Moroccan businessmen during which they had fruitful discussions based on investment prospects inside Sierra Leone.
The Sierra Leonean minister headed straight to the airport after his meeting with the business community.