In a significant diplomatic engagement, the Chief Executive Officer of World Vision UK, Fola Komolafe, and the Executive Director of BRAC International, Shameran Abdel, recently met with His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio at the State House in Freetown. The purpose of their courtesy call was to reaffirm their organizations’ unwavering commitment to bolstering government initiatives and aligning their strategies with Sierra Leone’s Medium Term National Development Plan.
Madam Kenyeh Barlay, Sierra Leone’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development, introduced the esteemed visitors, emphasizing World Vision’s commendable efforts in the country over the past 28 years, particularly in advocating for children’s rights.
Expressing gratitude for the warm reception, Fola Komolafe conveyed World Vision UK’s steadfast dedication to collaborating closely with the Sierra Leonean government. She underscored their readiness to support the national office of World Vision in executing various projects and emphasized their commitment to co-creating solutions in partnership with the government.
Madam Komolafe also lauded President Bio’s recent focus on food security, pledging to align World Vision’s strategies with the government’s priorities in this crucial area.
Chief Minister Dr. David Moinina Sengeh praised BRAC International for its unwavering support to Sierra Leone, highlighting the organization’s impactful initiatives across the nation.
Shameran Abdel, Executive Director of BRAC International, echoed the sentiments of partnership and collaboration, commending President Bio’s leadership and reaffirming BRAC’s commitment to enhancing education, agriculture, and food security in Sierra Leone. Abdel also highlighted BRAC’s significant contributions to microfinance, benefiting tens of thousands of women across the country.
Abdel elaborated on BRAC’s extensive reach, operating in all 16 districts of Sierra Leone and partnering with Mastercard to expand their portfolio and increase funding for development projects.
In response, President Julius Maada Bio expressed gratitude for the continued support from World Vision UK and BRAC International, reaffirming his government’s dedication to facilitating their initiatives. President Bio reiterated Sierra Leone’s ambitious development goals and welcomed ongoing collaboration with both organizations, emphasizing the importance of genuine partnerships in achieving sustainable progress.
The meeting concluded with mutual assurances of continued collaboration and joint efforts towards advancing Sierra Leone’s development agenda, underscoring the vital role of international partnerships in fostering growth and prosperity.