In June this year at the official launch of the New Direction government’s magazine it could be recalled that the Honorable Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh said the government of Sierra Leone spends $400 million on the importation of food every year, adding that in order to achieve food security by 2030 the agricultural sector needs to be diversified through improving the sector’s social structure, noting that government has transformed 52 business centres.
He furthered that government was putting in place a nationalagricultural transformation and investment plan alongwith many other efforts to boost agriculture in the country. Amb Ndomahina said his visit is an effort to establish bilateral cooperation with the government of Cambodia on agriculture and food security strides in Sierra Leone.
Speaking to this medium in an exclusive interview, the Ambassador recalled that President Bio’s rebranding project of Sierra Leone is to move the country from “aid to trade”, adding that the Embassy of Sierra Leone in the People’s Republic of China has sought to establish bilateral cooperations on behalf of the people of Sierra Leone.
Amb. Ndomahina said it had been resolved at meetings held during his visit that the two countries get bilateral cooperation and a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Commerce which will be forwarded to the Sierra Leone Embassy in Beijing, China, for the attention of Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.
In a similar vein, he said he had discussions with the Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of Cambodia which is the ministry responsible for rice exports.
Meanwhile, Sierra Leone hopes to benefit from trade bilateral cooperation with the government of Cambodia which will help address issues of food security.