Concord Times (Freetown)

1 August 2012

Sierra Leone Opens New Consulate in Bavaria

To explore one of the world's strongest national economies and the largest single market in the European Union, Sierra Leone has established a new consulate in Munich, the capital of the south-eastern federal state of Bavaria, Germany after the appointment of an Honorary Consul, Dr. Deitman Scheiter.

The opening ceremony was attended by business magnates, Sierra Leoneans and members of the diplomatic corps who expressed willingness to work with Dr. Scheiter to promote Sierra Leone's socio-economic development in Germany.

Before the opening of the Consulate, Dr. Scheiter visited Sierra Leone where he had fruitful discussions with government ministers and other stakeholders regarding what the country has to offer. Upon his return, he decided to establish his office as a focal point of contact between him and potential investors, including Sierra Leoneans living in Bavaria. This is also to demonstrate his willingness to not only promote Sierra Leone and encourage investors to go and invest in the country, but also strengthen the bilateral relationship between Sierra Leone and Bavaria.

Bavaria is a symbol of prosperity and progress, playing a crucial role in the economic and technological development in Germany. Hence, the appointment of Dr. Scheiter is necessary in establishing good relations with Bavaria which is believed to be the largest and healthiest economy of all the regions in Germany.

Addressing the audience at the ceremony, Dr. Scheiter said he will use his office to attract investors and work tremendously to address problems facing Sierra Leoneans living in Bavaria.

Speaking on behalf of Sierra Leone's Ambassador to Germany Jongopie S. Stevens, the Head of Chancery HOC, Mr. Al-Hassan K. Kondeh expressed hope that the opening of a consulate in Bavaria will further strengthen the bilateral ties between Germany and Sierra Leone. He said the appointment of Dr. Scheiter was not done in isolation but in consultation with stakeholders to ascertain his track record and outstanding character. He stated that the confidence reposed in Dr. Scheiter would yield tangible results through his commitment to encourage meaningful business partners to go and invest in Sierra Leone.

Mr. Kondeh highlighted possible areas of investment in Sierra Leone which include agriculture, tourism, health and minerals. He further called on all Sierra Leoneans in Bavaria to closely work with Dr. Scheiter in his respective functions as Sierra Leone's Honorary Consul in Bavaria.

The HOC later met with the Sierra Leonean community to inform them about the embassy's activities across Germany and the opening of the consulate in Munich. He said the opening of the consulate in Munich will ease the problem of communication between Sierra Leoneans in Bavaria and the Sierra Leone Embassy in Berlin.

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