Dabor, a Sierra Leonean businessman who owns a wood factory investment company, has expressed his disappointment with the treatment he has received from the Government of Sierra Leone.ย 

His factory produces finished wood products for export, adding value to timber instead of exporting it directly.

However, despite his attempts to obtain an export license as a Sierra Leonean citizen, the government has granted licenses to Chinese citizens instead.

Dabor’s factory has processed the timber into various sizes of wood, as depicted in the picture below.

As a result, he has had to seek the assistance of a Chinese national in Sierra Leone to export through his license, a situation that is both unfortunate and shameful.

The government should strive to support its citizens in their business ventures by ensuring that all citizens have an equal chance to compete fairly in the market. Dabor’s case demonstrates how government policies can impede the development of local businesses.