News Bureau

March 14, 2019

Sierra Leone President to Chair FIAD today!

President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone has been announced as the guest of honour and chair of the 6th International Africa Development Forum (FIAD) Africa’s leading investment promotion and intra-African trade event - taking place in Casablanca on 14 and 15 March, it has been confirmed.

The Forum, held under the patronage of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and organised by Attijariwafa Bank Group, through its Africa Development Club arm, is expected to bring together more than 1500 business leaders and decision makers from over 20 African and partner countries – making it one of the largest gatherings of key economic and political players on the continent.

Accompanying the Sierra Leonean leader will be his Minister of Finance Jacob Jusu Saffa and Peter Bayuku Konteh, the Minister of Trade and Industry. Also in the delegation is Lexmond Koroma – the Chief Executive Officer of the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA).

Increasingly seen as an emergent investment market with diverse opportunities in key growth sectors, President Bio and the delegation will also present to the Forum, Sierra Leone’s National Development Plan, and take part in the investment marketplace.  The investment marketplace, a key component of the Forum, popularly known by its French acronym FIAD, (Forum International Afrique développement), will also host Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Morocco and Rwanda.

FIAD’s aim is to provide a platform for doing business as well as opportunities to discuss issues related to Africa’s economic development by highlighting major development and investment projects underpinning Africa’s economic growth and potential. This 6th Edition is being held under the theme: “When East Meets West” and will take place at the Hyatt Hotel in Morocco’s commercial city of Casablanca.