The outgoing Country Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sierra Leone, Mr Samuel Doe Tuesday 15th December bade farewell to the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr Francis Kai-Kai. Samuel Doe has represented the UNDP in Sierra Leone since 2017.
The ceremony took place at the ministry’s NAO Building, Tower Hill office in Freetown.
The envoy told the minister that he was impressed with the commendable achievements made by the country in especially good governance and socio-economic transformation.
Referring to Sierra Leone as a land of opportunities, Doe said he was confident that the administration of President Bio would continue to seize the opportunities to achieve the SDGs.
He described the existing partnership between the UNDP and Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development as “excellent.”
“The commendable achievement that we have celebrated over the years are a result of Sierra Leone’s resilience that enabled the country to shape their destiny and I want to express my immense gratitude to the Minister and Team for demonstrating the passion to develop the country,” he said.
Responding, Minister KaiKai thanked the envoy, saying Mr Samuel Doe had been a friend throughout his tenure in Sierra Leone. He said as a leader who successfully coordinated the UNDP system to support government initiatives, he commending his contribution to the development of the country.
“We are grateful to the UNDP for the good work they continue to do in Sierra Leone. We have been working closely and collaborated greatly to foster the development aspirations of this government and we are confident that we would continue to work closely with your successor”, Dr Kai-Kai asserted.
The Minister encouraged the UNDP Country Director to include the District Development Coordination Committee concept in the handing over notes to the incoming UNDP Country Director, noting the process would help shape the delivery process in the district, with the pilot phases commencing in Pujehun, Karene, Falaba and Bonthe in the coming days.
The Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr Robert Chakanda, Development Secretary, Peter Sam-Kpakra all expressed their deepest appreciation to the outgoing Resident Representative for his good work in Sierra Leone.
Samuel Doe would be proceeding on his next assignment in South Sudan.
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