Invest Sierra Leone – Sierra Leone’s only annual investment forum returns to London

Invest Sierra Leone, the only annual forum dedicated to encouraging investment into Sierra Leone, returns to London on 5 May 2016.  Endorsed by the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA), Invest Sierra Leone is a not-for-profit collaboration between Freetown Insight magazine, Sierra Leone’s only business journal, and leading global law firm – Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

It follows on from last year’s successful inaugural event – Post Ebola economic renaissance in Sierra Leone and the role of the private sector – which was held in the House of Commons. The forum brings together leaders from Sierra Leonean business, industry, investment, finance, governance and development policy to share insights and identify innovative approaches to investment in Sierra Leone.

It follows a panel format giving interested investors the opportunity for in-depth discussion with government ministers, CEOs, financiers and the country’s most successful business and investment pioneers. This year’s forum is chaired once again by the Rt Hon David Lammy MP.  Confirmed panellists include Dr Samura Kamara, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; Dr Kaifala Marah, Governor Designate of the Bank of Sierra Leone; Guy Warrington, High Commissioner Sierra Leone Designate; Amara Kuyateh, Deputy Director General of Sierra Leone’s National Social Security and Investment Trust; Paddy Docherty, Chief Executive of Phoenix Africa Development Company; and Tom Cairnes, founder of ManoCap – the Africa focused private investment firm.

Consistently ranked as one of the top legal firms globally, Herbert Smith Freehills has a long-standing relationship with Sierra Leone, having provided over £2 million worth of free legal advice to the Government of Sierra Leone in support of the country’s development goals through the firm’s award-winning “Fair Deal Sierra Leone” pro bono programme. The programme is the first large scale pro bono facility offered by a law firm in support of one country’s development efforts.  Herbert Smith Freehills together with Standard Chartered and Prudential plc, recently produced Sierra Leone: An investor’s guide which outlines the opportunities the country offers, provides context for potential investors and lists useful resources.

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