Casablanca, Morocco, Friday 15 March 2019 – Organisers of the Sixth International Africa Development Forum in Casablanca has awarded His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio for his outstanding leadership in Africa, less than one year since his presidency.
Before handing over the award a representative of the organisers, AL MADA, Africa Development Club and Attijariwafa Bank, praised President Bio for championing human capital development in Africa, waging a war on corruption to promote transparency and accountability, instituting reforms and structure to promote private sector investment and advocating for intra-African trade and investment.
In recognition of his impressive performance, President Bio was also selected chairman for this year’s Sixth International Africa Development Forum, which brought together over 2000 investors across the continent to promote intra-African trade and investment. The President used the platform to not only rebrand Sierra Leone as the best investor destination but to also highlight the new reforms, processes and institutions to promote investment.
President Bio also inaugurated the Investment Market Place, which provided a platform for countries including Sierra Leone, to engage investors on the investment opportunities in their respective countries. Both Jacob Jusu Saffa, Minister of Finance, and Michaela Mackay, Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of Corporate Affairs Commission, took part in the pitching programme on behalf of Sierra Leone.
In a separate engagement, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Sierra Leone and Attijariwafa Bank, represented by Peter Bayuku Conteh, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Trade and Industry and Mohamed El Kettani, the Chief Executive Officer of Attijariwafa Bank Group.
The award was an endorsement of President Bio’s impressive leadership in African and as one of the recently elected Presidents on the continent who had established credibility around fiscal discipline, anti-corruption crusade and championed human capital development.
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