President Julius Maada Bio and First Lady of Sierra Leone, Madam Fatima Maada Bio went on a working vacation with their family and they visited the UK, Kenya and the UAE.
This is the first official holiday the President and his family have taken since he assumed office last year.
The President in his usual work approach, used the opportunity to meet with President Kenyatta, to discuss how Sierra Leone can achieve the success Kenya has achieved in tourism in East Africa.
The Ministry of Tourism will be following up on this discussion, and making positive strides in learning how to adopt the winning strategy to Sierra Leone. The President and his family visited a few wide life reserves in Kenya.
In preparation of the EXPO 2020 Dubai, H. E. Fatima Maada Bio, went on a tour of the site, where she visited the Sierra Leone Pavilion. The EXPO will be the largest event to the held in the Arab world. Sierra Leone has the great opportunity of having its pavilion next to that of UAE.
The First Lady had earlier met with H.E. Reem Al Hashimy (Minister of State for Development Cooperation and Director General of EXPO 2020, to appreciate the great support they are giving to Sierra Leone, and on Sunday 21st July, she met with her Deputy, where Her Excellency Fatima Bio signed the approval for the interior design of the amazing concept for the Sierra Leone pavilion.
First Lady Fatima Maada Bio, is the Commissioner General representing Sierra Leone. She says Sierra Leone must not only actively participate to showcase our rich vibrant culture, but have a set target of minimum investment that must be brought back to Sierra Leone.
This is because, ‘we are committed to development and previous EXPOs have not brought anything tangible for the country, but the EXPO 2020 will be a game changer for Sierra Leone,’ she said, adding that ‘this is because we have a stable and forward thinking government, and we are working with the various ministries and private business, to have one of the best representation of Sierra Leone in the history of EXPOs. Expo 2020 is Dubai’s long term investment in the future of the country will boost its economy by USD 33.4 billion. Sierra Leone is poised to also get in on the action.