By State House Communication Unit
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma received at State House today 7th November Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Kaoru Yoshimura of Japan to the Republic of Sierra Leone to bid him farewell at the end of his tour of duty.
Presenting Ambassador Yoshimura to President Koroma during a farewell ceremony, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Samura M.W. Kamara said the outgoing ambassador has been supportive to the government of Sierra Leone during his tenure.
Ambassador Yoshimura expressed his sincere gratitude to the government and the people of Sierra Leone. He informed that his government has approved the funding of the Japanese Counterpart Fund projects and asked that government facilitates the smooth implementation of the projects. He acknowledged the deepening of bilateral relations and mutual cooperation between the two countries and praised the country’s effort toward the reform of the United Nations Security Reform.
Ambassador Yoshimura as a way of enhancing trade relations with Sierra Leone disclosed that a Japanese fruit processing company will be investing in Sierra Leone and further expressed hope of more Japanese companies in the country. The outgoing Ambassador expressed hope for a peaceful 2018 elections and political stability in Sierra Leone.
President Koroma on his part recognised the intervention of the Japanese government on energy, agriculture, education and accessibility to clean water supply and noted with appreciation the approval of funding of the Counterpart Fund projects.
As a government, he said, a presidential committee will be set up to monitor the smooth implementation of the projects. Commenting on the invite to attend the Expo in Japan, the president registered government’s commitment to fully participate.
As Chairman of the Committee of Ten on the reform of the United Nations Security Council, President Koroma noted the scaling up intervention and canvassing of the Common African position on the reform of the Security Council. “We will continue to advance the Common African position and continue to participate in discussion with the United Nations.
Making a statement on the 2018 elections, the president registered strong commitment to hold elections on the slated date as the National Electoral Commission is fully engaged in the electoral process and also called on donors to be fully engaged in the preparatory work of holding the 2018 polls.