Sierra Leone’s Vice President has disclosed that the government is working on plans to make Sierra Leone a visa-free country.
In a seminar on the ‘Role of Sierra Leone’s Diplomatic Missions/Embassies in promoting Tourism and Culture’ Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh emphasized that the returns on being a visa-free country would far out-way the benefits from visa charges.
Vice President Jalloh said “the government is currently reviewing policies and laws to reduce airfares, develop infrastructure, build capacity, provide visa-on-arrival facilities and promote investment in Sierra Leone.”
This disclosure was made at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel on Monday August 27, 2018 where the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and National Tourist Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation held a seminar for newly appointed Ambassadors and High Commissioners.
Initiated by the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Madam Memunatu Pratt, the seminar aims among other things at fostering a joint marketing and promotion approach with Embassies to promote Sierra Leone as an attractive tourist destination.
She disclosed that the Ministry was making strides to make significant contributions to the nation’s socio-economic development. Among other things the Ministry would launch its website in September 2018 and introduce a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism in the 2019/20 academic year.
“We will take Sierra Leone to the world,” remarked Dr M’baimba Bayoh, the designated Ambassador to Germany who spoke on behalf of the envoys.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Alie Kabba revealed that “tourism has the potential to transform this country.”
Presentations showcasing Sierra Leone’s touristic and cultural potentials were presented by the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the National Tourist Board and the Monuments and Relics Commission.