David Moinina Sengeh, has narrated his first working trip experience with President Julius Maada Bio in his new position as Chief Minister of Sierra Leone. 

He addressed different issues they embarked on that are important for the growth and recognition of the country.

The Chief Minister explained that it was a truly packed agenda which involved several panels involving bilateral engagements and meeting with the Sierra Leonean communities in the visited countries to have discussions with them respectively.

He summarized the twin event into 10-point which captured all what they did for and on behalf of the country.

Check out the Chief Minister’s narration below:

“President Bio giving the Keynote on the opening day of the UNFSS +2 on the School Meals panel. We are champions of school feeding and it’s great to exchange ideas on how we move forward and expand. Our technical team met several heads of IFAD, FAO, WFP and more to forge deeper partnerships as we focus on Feed Salone and home grown school feeding.

An amazing bilateral with the UN Secretary General in Rome to deepen our leadership in the world. The SG committed his “total support” to Bio and Sierra Leone and “can’t wait” for us to start at the Security Council. President Bio will co-host a side meeting at UNGA on Foundational Learning.

The WHO DG also recommitted to SL by offering to support the immediate establishment of the Public Health Agency (set up recently by our gov’t) by providing all equipment and training some staff immediately. Several other packages were promised because of “President Bio’s leadership”. At the launch of the Agency, the DG promised to visit SL.

I gave a keynote at ECAM Council on behalf of H.E President Bio who otherwise had other meetings at that time. Our commitment and vision as a nation is in our Big Five Game Changers which I spoke about.

President Bio’s panel on equity and education was a highlight at the Heads of State Summit in Dar Es Salaam. I was so proud to hear him speak about Radical Inclusion and his commitment to youth, girls, and women.

Bilateral meetings with various heads of states including President Ruto of Kenya followed. Sierra Leone and President Bio remain highly regarded on the continent and beyond.

Meeting with the VP of the World Bank for Human Capital also led to stronger relations for SL. In addition to committing to support us in new IDA allocations, the VP will visit Sierra Leone soon to shore up our relationships.

President Bio met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia and his delegation to discuss several areas of high-level ties including food security, climate, peace and the possibility of extending Ethiopian Airlines’ services to Sierra Leone.

President Bio met with the SL National Under-19 Cricket team who are in Tanzania to participate in the ICC World Cup qualifiers. President Bio was thanked by the ICC Africa head for his support to cricket in Sierra Leone.

Deeper salone communities around the world- H.E made time to meet the SL community in both Rome and Dar. He engaged with students and other professionals and invited them to contribute to national development.

In summary, this was a hectic trip for which our country built on existing relationships, formed new ones and returned with very tangible benefits for the ordinary citizen.”