The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Professor David Francis,has during his recent visit to the Kingdom of Morocco, discussed the economic benefits of the Special Industrial Zone commissioned by President Julius Maada Bio in Koya, located outside Freetown

During the bilateral engagement, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs & Moroccans Living Abroad, H. E Nasser Bourita, informed that Morocco is constructing a new Atlantic Port in Dakhla, which when completed will be the largest port in Morocco.

He further added that this investment is in line with Morocco’s investment policies to expand its economic and trade base in Africa.

During the meeting, Professor Francis revealed the economic potential of the Special Industrial Zone, stating that the establishment of the Sierra Leone’s Industrial Zone in Koya is in line with the investment policies of the government to enable foreign direct investments through the development of a port and rail system in the SiZ-Koya.

He also stated that the Port of Dakhla and the Special Economic Zone in Sierra Leone share common trade values to ease business in Africa.

Professor Francis further highlighted that Sierra Leone is a land of opportunities in various sectors and invited Moroccan investors to lead a special trade envoy to Sierra Leone to increase investment between the two countries.

He emphasized that President Dr. Julius Maada Bio is focused on making Sierra Leone attractive for doing business and ensuring that every foreign direct investment in the country is protected.

Finally, Professor Francis called on his Moroccan counterparts to ensure the timely implementation of the Dakhla Agreements signed by both Ministers to promote trade and investment, energy, agriculture, housing, and education