During the brief but productive meeting between President Koroma and the Russian delegation forming part of Lukoil, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma said, Sierra Leone's relations with the Federation of Russia have spanned many years including the USSR period.
He noted that Sierra Leone has particularly benefitted in terms of awards for education in various fields of study.
"Much of our relationship had strong political party ties. Commercial/investment relations were relatively low key, but there are growing opportunities to revive these anchoring on Lukoil's interests in the country. We have recently signed a Fisheries Agreement with the Government, while the Minister of Energy has also held fruitful discussions with his Russian counterpart and Russian investors in the energy sector", he said.
According to His Excellency the President, both the Ministers of Energy and Fisheries recently visited Moscow to promote their respective sectors. A follow-up is necessary, especially in exploring Russian support for implementation of the Agenda for Prosperity (AfP).
Mr. Andrey Ravelevich Kuzyaev, President of Lukoil Overseas Holding Ltd. conveyed best regards from the Russian leadership, and noted that the opening of their office will further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries as well as open up more opportunities for the citizens of both Sierra Leone and Russia. He assured the president that they will do their best as energy is very much important to the economic development of Sierra Leone.
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