Date(s) - 18/09/2018 - 19/09/2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel
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The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Office of Diaspora Affairs (ODA), Sierra Leone Chamber of Agribusiness Development (SLeCAD) and other partners will be organizing an agribusiness investment forum scheduled for September 18th to 19th 2018 at Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown.
The objective of the Forum is to promote investments and trade for Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora in their country of origin. As Sierra Leone enters a new era via the recent change of government post elections, the people are hungry to restore investor confidence and attract investments.
An investment climate ushered in by the diaspora will not only have a positive impact on the domestic economy, it will enhance the investment promotion efforts, the country’s image and its overall credibility.
To date, different studies have been done with results that provide rich data on the Sierra Leonean diaspora. With a visit to four major cities with a concentration of Sierra Leoneans in the UK, US and Canada, where focus group discussions augmented by one-on-one interviews were held to inform of the global survey that followed, the World Bank funded project informs on what the diaspora is interested in, and what they think the challenges are with regard to investments in Sierra Leone. Additionally, an AFFORD program funded by Creative Commons offered data on the SME landscape; post-Ebola.
The findings of these efforts and others will form the basis into an agribusiness investors’ forum planned by the IOM with sponsorship from the Japanese government. This forum will offer Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora and foreign direct investors’ investment options and models to finance opportunities at hand that they can invest in, now. As opposed to making it another fact-finding mission
The stakeholders impacted by this work, fall into three direct broad categories: diaspora Sierra Leoneans; investors (Foreign Direct Investments), and entrepreneurs. And by extension, or indirectly, development partners, INGOs and governments are also targeted.
Bringing these stakeholders together for investment opportunities is also plausible for collaboration around a private sector starving for catalytic intervention. And hopefully this helps to kick start the investment and trade opportunities between the diaspora and their compatriots at home who run SMEs. Key to such a relationship between these two groups leading to diaspora contributions to development via the private sector is understanding each other and building trust.
Bookings are closed for this event.