The Republic of Sierra Leone is set to open its first consulate office in Jamaica on Tuesday (February 7) at 16 Asquith Drive in Red Hills, St Andrew.
Professor Rosalea Hamilton, trade policy specialist and advocate will serve as Honorary Consul for Sierra Leone in Jamaica.
She noted that the establishment of the consulate will boost the trade relationship between Jamaica and Sierra Leone, West Africa and Africa.
“These are tangible relationships that will begin to take place and again, it is directly linked to this move to deepen the relationship around trade, investments and other kinds of relationship,” she said.
The Consul also said there are also plans to continue online engagements to strengthen understanding of the historical, cultural, food and fashion links between the countries.
“Those are real tangible relationships that we have, and we want to continue that online engagement that we started last year with Sierra Leone and Jamaica link up,” she said.
Professor Hamilton said the Consulate also intends to organise a mission to Sierra Leone by 2024, which will include Jamaican businesses, professionals or persons who want to forge relationships with their African counterparts.
Dr. the Hon. Memunatu Pratt, Sierra Leone’s minister of tourism and cultural affairs will deliver the main address while Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, and His Excellency Sidique Wai, Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to Jamaica, will bring remarks.
The opening of the consulate will kick off a week of celebratory activities to include an Africa-Caribbean Trade and Investment Forum and a cultural forum dubbed, ‘Jamaica-Sierra Leone Family Reunion: Flesh of my flesh, Blood of my Blood.’
–Jamaica Information Service