The Business Administration and Financial Sector Department of the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), University of Sierra Leone, will host its annual symposium on the 25th July 2019, at the Miatta Conference Centre, in Freetown to deliberate on pertinent issues relating to how the public sector and the Private sector could effectively contribute to overall national development.

The theme for this year’s symposium is “Foreign Investment for National Development”.

As an annual event, it aims at bringing students of IPAM and relevant stakeholders together in order to brainstorm on pertinent topics and issues, in an interactive manner, where ideas would be shared relating to the theme meant to be implemented to achieve tangible results on the ground that will impact positively on the country’s economy.

Programme Coordinator, James Kollie (center)

According to the Programme Coordinator, James Kollie, preparations are underway to make this year’s symposium a very successful one. “It is going to provide the podium for people from both the private and public sectors to share their experiences on how those sectors could create meaningful impacts on development and besides it will trigger the thinking faculties of students to probe further to know how both could work effectively in partnership,” Mr Kollie stated.

He said the symposium avails students the opportunity to be exposed to public debates, interact with key stakeholders, and influential personalities in society; adding that it is expected that students would imbibed useful knowledge at the end of the day, which they could apply to their course work.

A seasoned Educationist intimated that such an initiative is very much important in any functioning University as students should not only be confined in the Lecture Rooms but they must be exposed to symposia where they can practically and academically gain some experience which will assist them greatly in mastering topics under that approach.

Mohamed T. Jakoh, a first -year student, studying Procurement, expressed optimism by  saying : “I am eagerly looking forward to witness this year’s annual symposium, which is worth being part of and I believe it will broaden my horizons on how public -private  partnership could take the country’s economy to a higher level.”

A final Year student in the Business Administration Department, Assiatu Bah, said the last programme was superb and they were able to build networks with key stakeholders and institutions following the outcome of that symposium.

This year’s theme encapsulates the mission of the government in the London conference to win investor confidence. Transferred skills would widen the scope for students to know how to win investor confidence that would bring about foreign direct investment in the country.

Both old and new IPAM students have expressed willingness to witness this year’s Interactive Symposium.

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Abu Bakarr Tarawally is a Journalist based in Freetown. He works for the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer. He has once served as Editor for a few newspapers in Freetown, including Sierra Express Media, The Exclusive Newspaper and his own newspaper, the Daily Express Publications. He is a teacher trainer, and loves writing and reading a lot. Email: abstarawally@gmail.com. Call +232 88601277 or +2327661303.

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