Yesterday Thursday 17 November 2022, His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio held his fourth Government of Sierra Leone and European Union dialogue forum at State House. The dialogue forum discussed very pertinent issues that continue to shape the relationship between Sierra Leone and the European Union.
In his statement, President Bio said in an era of global interconnection and interdependence, the EU needs Africa as much as Africa needs the EU. Risks and challenges faced by African countries may have far-reaching ramifications for Europe. In the midst of a seeming global reset, this dialogue we are having today becomes even more important.
President Bio further said there are new and existing opportunities that Sierra Leone and European Union can further harness. He appreciated EU’s support to key sectors in the Medium-Term National Development Programme, and his government’s Human Capital Development agenda of education and agriculture in particular.
He also cited, among other things, EU’s interventions in infrastructure, mainly roads and bridges, as well as in governance that was already helping civil service reform, civil registration and Elections.
Thanking the EU for their invaluable contribution to Sierra Leone’s development, President Bio said he has been regularly briefed by the Minister of Planning and Economic Development on the ongoing development cooperation and interventions by the EU across the country
Taking part in the event for the first time since he arrived in Sierra Leone, the European Union Head of Delegation, Ambassador Manuel Müller, said it was an excellent opportunity for them to take stock of the most important aspects of the European Union and Government of Sierra Leone bilateral relationship. He added that EU would continue to support Sierra Leone’s efforts at consolidating democracy and peace; promoting stability and creating a conducive environment for human rights and the rule of law, as well as fostering prosperity and development.