In the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Alie Kabba, and the Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Mrs. Nabeela Tunis, Amb. Vens outlined the EU's priorities and initiatives in Sierra Leone and answered questions from the Members of the Parliamentary Committee of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
This is the first time a diplomatic mission directly engages with the Parliament of Sierra Leone through such a dialogue. Amongst the many topics covered were the EU’s Global Strategy and multilateralism, the new Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Development and Growth, post-Cotonou negotiations, the EU Electoral Observation recommendations, human rights issues, our cooperation agenda and budget support programme, trade, growth, job creation and investment.
Investing in people by investing in education and skills, strengthening the business environment and investment climate and tapping into the full potential of economic integration and trade were highlighted as important priorities to achieve job creation, economic growth and revenue mobilisation in Sierra Leone.
Amb. Vens also emphasized the importance of a constructive dialogue with the private sector. "Creating a predictable business climate will be conducive to sustainable long term investments in Sierra Leone ".
The event represented a significant milestone for the Delegation to explain what the EU stands for and to highlight the important oversight role of the Parliament