The Ministry of Trade and Industry has ended a three-day Restructuring and Change Management retreat at Eden Park, Mamah Beach, Freetown.

The meeting aimed to re-position the ministry and its affiliate agencies to contribute meaningfully to the implementation of the Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) 2019–2023.

In his remarks, the Minister of Trade, Dr. Edward Hinga Sandy, stressed the importance of the ministry to developing a comprehensive work programme in line with an effective structural review that seeks to re-position the ministry and its affiliate agencies to efficiently deliver on their mandates consistent with the national development plan.

Dr. Sandy emphasized that a strong policy on industrial value chain added to their expertise will enable government achieve a production driven economy.

He stated that the ministry has a supervisory function over its agencies and urged them to improve on having a healthy working relationship with the ministry.

He expressed thanks and appreciation to the participants drawn from the ministry and agencies, as well as resource persons and consultants for taking a deep dive into existing structures in order to come up with tangible and feasible programmes for re-positioning both the ministry and its agencies to play a pivotal role in the country’s economic growth trajectory.

The program which was chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Reginald Thomas, prioritized five thematic areas as follows: (i) Private sector development and entrepreneurship, (ii) Policy, Programme, Research and Information, (iii) Trade Promotions, (iv) Investment and Industrial Promotion, and (v) Regulatory Environment.

The program climaxed with presentations from staff of the ministry and its affiliate agencies including Petroleum Regulatory Agency, Sierra Leone Standards Bureau, Produce Monitoring Board, Corporate Affairs Commission, Small Medium Enterprises Development Agency, Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency, Sierra Leone Produce Marketing Company, and Sierra Leone Local Content Agencies.