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Tourism Ministry Ends Business Investment Forum

The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the National Tourist Board and the Monuments and Relics Commission, on Thursday 21st April 2022 organized a day’s orientation ceremony that included Heritage/Civic Education and Business Investment Forum for 51 African-Americans who have traced their history to Sierra Leone.

The ceremony was held at the Shangri La, Lumley Beach Road in Freetown.

In her keynote address, the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr Mumunatu Pratt, said she is delighted and overwhelmed to receive the Africa-Americans to the Sierra Leone family reunion which she observed can be delayed but not denied. On behalf of the President and government, she congratulated them for coming home to form one big family. She informed that the program started in 2018, that the Ministry wants to expand the tourism sector, that the diaspora community is very important and is one of the fastest-growing under the Monuments and Relics Commission. She further disclosed that Sierra Leone is one of the countries popular among African-Americans and people of Caribbean heritage who have traced their roots to Africa,

The Minister furthered that over the past four years, African-Americans who have traced their roots to Sierra Leone have been returning home and investing in agriculture, education, businesses, transfer of skills, youth development and humanitarian work to develop the country.

Dr Pratt recalled the recent visit of the Chairman of the US Foreign Relations Committee and seven others to Sierra Leone during which they went to Bunce Island, revealing that the visit was very emotional and exciting, noting further that the American government is involved in the whole process.

PowerPoint presentations were made by representatives of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency, the National Tourist Board, Rokel Commercial Bank, the National Revenue Authority, the Corporate Affairs Commission and the National Council for Civic Education and Development.  

Earlier in his welcome address, Francis Musa of the Monuments and Relics Commission enlightened the audience about Sierra Leone’s history, its historical significance as it relates to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, resistance movement, significant historical figures, locations, organizations and laws, independence and modern-day Sierra Leone.

Some of the questions raised by the African-Americans included the safety of their investments when governments change, waste management and digital technology.

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