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05/17/2021
SIERRA LEONE EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON, DC UNDERTAKES ON -SITE COVID-19 VACCINATION AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION FOR SIERRA LEONEAN...
05/17/2021

SIERRA LEONE EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON, DC UNDERTAKES ON -SITE COVID-19 VACCINATION AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION FOR SIERRA LEONEAN DIASPORA COMMUNITY.

By PEL Koroma
Embassy of Sierra Leone
Washington,DC.

In continuation of the commemoration of Sierra Leone’s 60th Independence celebration,
the third event outlined for the 60th Independence celebration of Sierra Leone by the Embassy of Sierra Leone, and the diaspora community off Sierra Leone in United States was accomplished today 15th May 2021 when His Excellency Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakar Wai and staff, in collaboration with City of Light Church-Silver Spring , and Montgomery County offered on -site COVID -19 vaccination, and distribution of free food at the City of Light Church compound, 520, Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20704. Sierra Leonean cultural food was distributed and free grocery to all who came to take the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on the invite of the Embassy of Sierra Leone.

During the preparation and planning of the Diamond jubilee event for Sierra Leone, it was requested that the Embassy should work with City of Light Church , headed by Rev. Dr. Abdul Sesay to solicit the COVID- 19 vaccination for Sierra Leoneans in the diaspora , with the hope of making the vaccine accessible to all the Sierra Leone diaspora community.

Ambassador Sidique Wai worked closely with Rev. Dr. Abdul Sesay of City of Light Ministry to register interested Sierra Leoneans for the COVID-19 vaccination under Montgomery County.

In response, Rev. David Vandy said this year’s celebration of Sierra Leone’s Independence was unique, from preparation to ex*****on of all the plans that started with a virtual discussion of the country’s heritage on April 26th, and the dinner at the Swahili Restaurant on the 27th of April. The vaccination and free food distribution brought the Sierra Leone diaspora community together, and most of those who came out to continue celebrating with Sierra Leone were extremely impressed with the organizational skills of the Embassy of Sierra Leone, especially with the inclusive drive of Ambassador Wai.

Sierra Leoneans and other nationalities took advantage of the clarion call of the Embassy of Sierra Leone and the Church of Light Ministry to make the 3rd Independence event fruitful.

Another vaccination exercise is scheduled for the 25th May, 2021 at 508 West Street, NW Washington DC. This is in collaboration with AWCAA, and Howard University hospital.

05/11/2021

Free on-site Covid-19 Vaccination - Sunday, May 16th @ 12:30PM

Free on-site Covid-19 Vaccination - Sunday, May 16th @ 12:30PM
05/11/2021

Free on-site Covid-19 Vaccination - Sunday, May 16th @ 12:30PM

Free on-site Covid-19 Vaccination - Sunday, May 16th @ 12:30PM

06/06/2019
PRESS RELEASE
05/12/2019

PRESS RELEASE

Sierra Leone Embassy - USA
04/10/2019

Sierra Leone Embassy - USA

PRESS RELEASE
His Excellency Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai has, today 8th April, 2019 presented to President Donald J. Trump his letter accrediting him Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America at the White House. The Ambassador was accompanied to the White House by his wife, Mrs. Millicent Waite in keeping with the United States Practice.

Presenting his letters of credence and that of the recall of his predecessor, Ambassador Wai conveyed to President Trump on behalf of His Excellency Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio best wishes for President Trump’s continued good health and success in all his endeavors.

Ambassador Wai enumerated the incidents both historical and current that have led to the establishment of the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries particularly the Gullah people connection who reside on the Islands of South Carolina and Georgia, descendants from present day Sierra Leone during the Atlantic slave trade. The story of the Amistad, he said, adequately demonstrate the early connection between Sierra Leone and the people of the United States.

The Ambassador also made reference to the sacrifice made by young Americans who joined the Peace Corps Organization. He stated that the Government and People of Sierra Leone admire the resolve of these young Americans who volunteered and continue to serve Sierra Leone. He mentioned that a good number of prominent Sierra Leoneans including himself received their education from the effort of the Peace Corps Volunteers.

Ambassador Wai lauded the invaluable support rendered by the United States during the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and Sierra Leone in particular from 2014-2015. He thanked the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the USAID for donating items including logistics, infection prevention and control, health communication, emergency operations and laboratory systems and support to the National Ebola Response Center (NERC) of Sierra Leone.

The Ambassador assured that he will work with the friendly people of the United States to further consolidated the already existing excellent relations between the two counties and to derive as much benefit for Sierra Leone as possible

Ambassador Wai informed President Trump that the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Government of Sierra Leone have partnered to implement a threshold program in Sierra Leone. He expressed the hope that the determination of the Administration of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio to bring free quality school education, promote investment and Trade, agriculture, infrastructure, energy, health, good governance and the fight against corruption will enable Sierra Leone to meet the criteria to benefit from the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact Program.

In the area of security, Ambassador Wai maintained that President Bio is not only dedicated to maintaining the internal security of Sierra Leone but also the security of the West Africa sub region. He then welcomed the support of President Trump’s Administration to Sierra Leone in particular and the West Africa sub-region as a whole, in seeking to build regional capability to combat terrorism, money laundry, transnational organized crime, human trafficking and public safety.

President Donald J. Trump, in his response, welcomed Ambassador Sidique Abou- Bakarr Wai to Washington DC and said that his arrival demonstrates the more than 60 years of friendship between the United States of America and Sierra Leone. He praised the remarkable progress that Sierra Leone has shown in maintaining peace, strengthening democracy and working towards an environment suitable for economic growth. He said Sierra Leone’s perseverance is remarkable considering the challenges it has endured, including the decade-long civil war, the 2017 Ebola crisis and the tragic 2017 mudslide.

The United States would continue to support President Bio’s efforts in the fight against corruption and to promote economic prosperity for all the citizens of Sierra Leone as good governance and rule of law will be key to success to moving forward.

President Trump said that he looked forward to working with Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai to advance the common agenda between the two countries and to deepen the bond between the two countries.

In conclusion, President Trump wished Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai a success tour of duty.

END.
Sierra Leone Embassy
Washington DC
8th April,2019.

PRESS RELEASEHis Excellency Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai has, today 8th April, 2019 presented to President Donald ...
04/10/2019

PRESS RELEASE
His Excellency Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai has, today 8th April, 2019 presented to President Donald J. Trump his letter accrediting him Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America at the White House. The Ambassador was accompanied to the White House by his wife, Mrs. Millicent Waite in keeping with the United States Practice.

Presenting his letters of credence and that of the recall of his predecessor, Ambassador Wai conveyed to President Trump on behalf of His Excellency Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio best wishes for President Trump’s continued good health and success in all his endeavors.

Ambassador Wai enumerated the incidents both historical and current that have led to the establishment of the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries particularly the Gullah people connection who reside on the Islands of South Carolina and Georgia, descendants from present day Sierra Leone during the Atlantic slave trade. The story of the Amistad, he said, adequately demonstrate the early connection between Sierra Leone and the people of the United States.

The Ambassador also made reference to the sacrifice made by young Americans who joined the Peace Corps Organization. He stated that the Government and People of Sierra Leone admire the resolve of these young Americans who volunteered and continue to serve Sierra Leone. He mentioned that a good number of prominent Sierra Leoneans including himself received their education from the effort of the Peace Corps Volunteers.

Ambassador Wai lauded the invaluable support rendered by the United States during the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and Sierra Leone in particular from 2014-2015. He thanked the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the USAID for donating items including logistics, infection prevention and control, health communication, emergency operations and laboratory systems and support to the National Ebola Response Center (NERC) of Sierra Leone.

The Ambassador assured that he will work with the friendly people of the United States to further consolidated the already existing excellent relations between the two counties and to derive as much benefit for Sierra Leone as possible

Ambassador Wai informed President Trump that the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Government of Sierra Leone have partnered to implement a threshold program in Sierra Leone. He expressed the hope that the determination of the Administration of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio to bring free quality school education, promote investment and Trade, agriculture, infrastructure, energy, health, good governance and the fight against corruption will enable Sierra Leone to meet the criteria to benefit from the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact Program.

In the area of security, Ambassador Wai maintained that President Bio is not only dedicated to maintaining the internal security of Sierra Leone but also the security of the West Africa sub region. He then welcomed the support of President Trump’s Administration to Sierra Leone in particular and the West Africa sub-region as a whole, in seeking to build regional capability to combat terrorism, money laundry, transnational organized crime, human trafficking and public safety.

President Donald J. Trump, in his response, welcomed Ambassador Sidique Abou- Bakarr Wai to Washington DC and said that his arrival demonstrates the more than 60 years of friendship between the United States of America and Sierra Leone. He praised the remarkable progress that Sierra Leone has shown in maintaining peace, strengthening democracy and working towards an environment suitable for economic growth. He said Sierra Leone’s perseverance is remarkable considering the challenges it has endured, including the decade-long civil war, the 2017 Ebola crisis and the tragic 2017 mudslide.

The United States would continue to support President Bio’s efforts in the fight against corruption and to promote economic prosperity for all the citizens of Sierra Leone as good governance and rule of law will be key to success to moving forward.

President Trump said that he looked forward to working with Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai to advance the common agenda between the two countries and to deepen the bond between the two countries.

In conclusion, President Trump wished Ambassador Sidique Abou-Bakarr Wai a success tour of duty.

END.
Sierra Leone Embassy
Washington DC
8th April,2019.

Ambassador  Sidique  Aboubakarr Wai and Staff of the Embassy.
02/22/2019

Ambassador Sidique Aboubakarr Wai and Staff of the Embassy.

Ambassador Sidique Aboubakarr Wai presented his letters of credence to Ambassador Sean Lawler, Chief of Protocol of the ...
02/20/2019

Ambassador Sidique Aboubakarr Wai presented his letters of credence to Ambassador Sean Lawler, Chief of Protocol of the United States at the US Department of State on February 14, 2019. Ambassador Wai is now accredited Chief of Mission of the Sierra Leone Embassy in Washington. Ambassador Wai will be presenting his letters of credence to President Donald J Trump at the White House at a later date.

State House Sierra Leone
02/06/2019

State House Sierra Leone

President Bio Shares Government’s Agenda with Diplomatic Community in Sierra Leone

State Lodge, Freetown, Tuesday 5 February, 2019 – His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has shared his government’s priority programmes with resident and non-resident Ambassadors, High Commissioners and eminent Sierra Leoneans during a State Banquet at State Lodge, Hill Station.

Welcoming guests to the dinner, Her Excellency Mrs. Fatima Maada Bio, First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, expressed happiness while receiving high-level personalities to their residence and disclosed that she was honoured by the turnout of members of the diplomatic community, particularly those who were not residing in the country.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mrs. Nimatulai Bah-Chang, told the gathering that the essence of the State Dinner was to strengthen bilateral partnership that would foster development amongst Sierra Leone and her international communities.

“We are here this evening to reflect on where we took this country from, to know where we are as a government and what we have achieved in just ten months of leadership under the New Direction of President Julius Maada Bio,” she said.

His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio profoundly thanked resident, non-resident and eminent personalities, on behalf of his government, for their diverse contributions to the national development of the country, reiterating the point that he inherited the worst economic situation since independence.

“This worst economic situation is characterised by double-digit inflation, low domestic revenue mobilisation, high domestic debt burden, unsustainable external debt and huge arrears to contractors,” he stated.

The President, however, assured the diplomatic community that his government had pursued a disciplined economic management path, by tackling leakages and streamlining revenue mobilisation. He added that those achievements were to ensure that there was a prudent public financial management and expenditure characterised by an aggregate fiscal discipline and resource allocation that were based on strategic priorities for effective governance.

“Despite all the economic challenges, which I inherited, I have prioritised investment in Human Capital Development as the bedrock for my administration. It may interest you to know that I have coined a new definition for Human Capital Development. For me, Human Capital Development means three things: feeding the brain through Education; feeding the stomach through Agriculture and taking care of the body through Healthcare,” he maintained.

President Bio continued by saying that before he launched the Free Quality Education Programme, he had committed his government to providing a historic 21 per cent of the national budget to the education sector because the standard of education in Sierra Leone had fallen sharply despite formerly called the Athens of West Africa.

“Therefore, the role of the diplomatic community here and those accredited to Sierra Leone towards the success of this flagship programme, cannot be overemphasised,” he said.

“As part of our government’s commitment to Human Capital Development, we are also scaling up investment in healthcare infrastructure services this year. My government is focusing on constructing well-equipped Peripheral Health Units, expanding free ambulance services to all districts of the country, rehabilitating healthcare facilities, providing healthcare personnel. Again, I encourage the diplomatic community to support us in ensuring that we make quality healthcare delivery both accessible and affordable to all Sierra Leoneans,” President Bio urged.

He assured of Sierra Leone’s readiness to open to business opportunities, adding that his government would particularly welcome foreign investors that were credible and transparent.

Responding to the statement of President Bio, the Dean of Diplomatic Corps in Sierra Leone, who also doubles as the British High Commissioner, Guy Warrington, said that as head of Diplomatic Missions in Sierra Leone they were very pleased with the manner in which President Bio was governing the country, particularly in placing premium on Human Capital Development. He affirmed that the Diplomatic Community welcomed President Bio’s key priorities areas and promised that they would work to support the government of Sierra Leone in achieving those priorities.

“We followed your campaign messages before you became president. We also followed your government’s priority areas as stated during the Cabinet Retreat. We welcome those steps as we have seen tremendous progress in just ten and half months of your leadership. We have seen fiscal discipline and financial management, most importantly we have seen the fight in combating corruption. We have also seen good governance and the rule of law. We congratulate all of them, we will support those principles laid particularly in economic diplomacy because we have seen a lot of gains in that direction,” he assured.

He concluded by saying that they would work with the government in ensuring that Sierra Leone moved in the right direction and said they looked forward to a deepened dialogue.

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