By: James Kamara-Manneh

In a testament to the enduring friendship between the People’s Republic of China and Sierra Leone, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio is set to commence a significant 5-day State Visit to China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping. Scheduled from February 27 to March 02, 2024, this visit marks President Bio’s second official trip to China, reaffirming the commitment of both nations to foster a robust partnership and pursue shared objectives.

During his stay, President Bio will engage in pivotal bilateral discussions with President Xi Jinping, focusing on deepening cooperation across various sectors. A highlight of the itinerary includes President Bio’s participation in a Sierra Leone-centric Investment Roundtable, aimed at attracting crucial investments to fuel the nation’s development agenda.

Additionally, the President will interface with key investors and investor groups, leveraging the visit to explore avenues for strategic collaboration. He is also slated to tour key industrial sites within China, underscoring the significance of economic ties between the two nations.

The longstanding amicable relations between China and Sierra Leone have flourished over the years, characterized by mutual respect and support. Both countries have actively bolstered partnerships to achieve common developmental goals, reflecting a shared commitment to progress and prosperity.

President Bio’s visit signifies a pivotal moment in further fortifying the bond of friendship between China and Sierra Leone. As the President champions his government’s BIG 5 Priority Development Agenda, this visit underscores his relentless pursuit of sustainable and strategic partnerships to propel Sierra Leone’s socio-economic advancement.

The forthcoming discussions and engagements between President Bio and his Chinese counterpart are poised to chart a course for enhanced collaboration, innovation, and mutual prosperity, heralding a new chapter in the enduring partnership between China and Sierra Leone.


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