The money is part of the financial package the Government of China has for President Julius Maada Bio’s government development priorities according to Minister Kabba, adding that the two presidents had bilateral discussion on development assistance during the Forum on China Africa Conference (FOCAC) in 2018.
The money he stated is meant to improve the fiber optic project and boost Internet service for accessibility and affordable by the common man in Sierra Leone. Therefore he was in China on State visit to engage the Chinese Government on Government of Sierra Leone foreign policy agenda, investment and trade cooperation that will lead Sierra Leone to the path of sustainable economic growth and development.
In a meeting with the Chinese Foreign Minister in Beijing Dr. Kabba thanked the Government and People of the People’s Republic of China through the Foreign Minister for not only inviting him and his delegation to China but for the development assistance given to Sierra Leone.
Minister Kabba described the relationship between the two countries and people as steady, special and mutually beneficial and spanning nearly half a century.
He re-assured the Government of China officials of President Bio’s determination to deepen the bond between the two countries into a win-win partnership. He outlined the Government of Sierra Leone’s priority flagship programmes in the New Direction such as the Free Quality Education, Agriculture and Value Chain Agribusiness, Infrastructure Development through Trade among other areas for mutual cooperation.
The Sierra Leone Foreign Affairs Minister also met with staff of the Sierra Leone Embassy in China and encouraged them to take a forward looking approach on economic diplomacy policy that will improve investment and development for the economic growth of Sierra Leoneans.
The Acting Chief of Mission Ambassador Saffa Woya Rogers and Acting Head of Chancery Mr. Robert Koroma expressed their thanks to the Minister for his effort to facilitate the assignment of Ambassador Ernest Ndomahina and Head of Chancery Unisa Kamara.
Present at the occasion were the Defence Attache Col. Daramy and a cross-section of influential Sierra Leonean nationals resident in China as well as Sierra Leone students in China.