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Sierra Leone: Canadian High Commissioner Bids Farewell

 - Tuesday 27 August 2013.

Her Excellency, Trudy Keringhan, High Commissioner of Canada to Sierra Leone has paid a farewell courtesy call on President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at the Presidential Lodge, Hill Station.

Madam Keringhan who is resident in Ghana will be departing Accra on 30th August, 2013 at the end of her tour of duty. She was appointed in 2012. During her tenure of office as High Commissioner of Canada to Sierra Leone, both countries enjoyed a high level of diplomatic relations.

The Republic of Sierra Leone and Canada have had diplomatic and bilateral relations for over 50 years and both countries share the same values in terms of democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

According to President Koroma, relations between Canada and Sierra Leone date as far back as the history of Halifax, and noted that the two countries have enjoyed excellent working relations. He informed that there were great opportunities in Sierra Leone today as the country’s economy is one of the fastest growing in the world.

"There are opportunities in the agricultural, mining and tourism sectors, and we are looking forward to working with private sector players from Canada", he said.

President Koroma called on the outgoing High Commissioner to spread the news about Sierra Leone as the best place to do business in West Africa.

High Commissioner Trudy Keringhan said her experience in Sierra Leone makes her want to extend her stay.

"I was impressed with the desire of the people of Sierra Leone to move forward", she said, and went on to reveal that many Canadian companies are seeking information on investment opportunities in Sierra Leone.