Blair Team starts work on investment and governance with Sierra LeoneSunday, Oct 12, 2008 in Office of Tony Blair, Africa Governance Initiative
Tony Blair has this week sent a small team of his staff to support the Government of Sierra Leone in attracting private investment and to work with the government to further improve governance processes and build capacity.
As part of Tony Blair's role as an unpaid advisor to His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma, the team will be working with key institutions such as State House, the Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) and selected Ministries for several months.
The commitment by the former British Prime Minister follows his trip to Sierra Leone in June during which he praised President Koroma's government and offered to support his government in delivering its agenda. President Koroma again met Mr. Blair in New York during his recent trip to the UN General Assembly.
During the meeting in New York, Mr. Blair congratulated President Koroma on a good first year in office, praising him for his tough stance on corruption, public sector reform and drug-trafficking whilst also emphasising that there is much work still to do - in particular in encouraging private sector investment and the importance of delivering on the government's new strategy.
The team from the Office of Tony Blair, working under the direction of President Koroma and his Office, who they met today, will support the government as it passes into its critical second year.
Following his meeting with the team a spokesman for the President said: "We welcome this initiative from Tony Blair, he is a longstanding friend of Sierra Leone and we look forward to continue working with him and his team"
Mr. Blair himself will stay in close contact with both the team and President Koroma and will return to the country in the coming months.