By Amin Kef Sesay
In a highly impressed and elated mood in the United States of America, His Excellency, The President, Dr. Julius Maada Bio showered profuse praises on Sierra Leone’s leading telecommunications service provider, Africell, for showcasing the country’s potentials that will attract direct foreign investment from the United States of America and other parts of the world.
President Bio lauded Africell for organizing a business platform to inform potential foreign investors about the strong political will that his New Direction Government is demonstrating to provide the enabling environment for various business investments as well as telling them of the friendliness of Sierra Leoneans.
Dr. Julius Maada Bio departed Sierra Leone last month to attend the 74th United Nations General Assembly. While in New York President Bio met with potential investors and the business community in the U. S to persuade them to think of investing in Sierra Leone.
Remarkably, Africell is helping to bring together business people from divergent backgrounds to help in the socio-economic development of the country.
The President hailed the company for hosting a program and used its authentic voice to persuade top companies in the U. S to come and invest in Sierra Leone. “What pleases me most about Africell is that instead of them allowing me to talk about my country, they took the mantle themselves to talk about their experiences, their huge successes and how the country is good for potential investments,” President Bio stated with pride.
He also added that Africell is the most authentic voice to sell the country adding that what they said is as a result of what they are familiar with highlighting how such is the reason why they still remain as the number one telecommunications service provider in Sierra Leone.
“Africell is the only company that has never changed its name. They are still expanding and making progress since it started operations,” Dr. Bio intimated.
President Julius Maada Bio continued that with funding from the U. S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Africell stands as an example that should spur or serve as an impetus for other U. S. supported companies to take advantage of Sierra Leone business environment.
The President was speaking during an exclusive interview with Mustapha Bai Attila from the United States of America.