IN USA FOR MCC COMPACT TALKS…
VP JULDEH JALLOH PROMOTES BIO’S ECONOMIC DIPLOMACY POLICY
Making history, Vice President of Sierra Leone, Dr Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh last week ended a successful high level economic diplomacy visit to Washington D.C., the seat of power in the United States where he, among several official engagements, discussed Sierra Leone’s Compact readiness with senior executives of the Millennium Challenge
The MCC chief executive officer congratulated Vice President Jalloh on
Sierra Leone’s 2020 scorecard performance. He also indicated MCC’s
desire to build a strong partnership with Sierra Leone for the long
Sierra Leone is hoping to successfully access a massive $600 million
MCC Compact funding to help build the country’s drinking water infrastructure that could improve access from the current 40% of households.
During the one week visit, VP Jalloh and delegation met with several
high level decision-making leaders in strategic offices in the U.S.
Government including the following:
1. Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation
(MCC), Hon. Sean Cairncross;
2. Administrator and Head of the U.S. Aid for International
Development (USAID), Hon. Mark Green;
3. Under Secretary of State for African Affairs at the U.S. Department
of State, Hon. Tibor Nagy;
4. Assistant Secretary for Global Markets, Hon. Ian Steff and the Deputy U.S.
Trade Representative, Hon. Curtis Joseph “C.J.” Mahoney at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and
5. Six members of the United States Congress, including Chairperson of
the Congressional Black Caucus, Congresswoman Karen Bass and Congressman Michael McCaul, Ranking Member of the House Foreign
Several other officials of the Sierra Leone Government, including
Finance Minister, Jacob Jusu Saffa; Central Bank Governor, Dr. Kelfala
Kallon; and Energy Minister, Alhaji Kanja Sesay accompanied V.P.
Jalloh in these engagements.
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Sidique
Wai, played host and was busy opening doors for the delegation.
V.P. Jalloh assured the US Government officials of the Government’s
commitment to strengthening diplomatic and economic ties with the U.S.
Government and investors respectively.
Several issues bordering on the promotion of President Bio’s economic
diplomacy agenda were discussed, including the MCC Compact, investment environment and opportunities for U.S. companies in Sierra Leone.
Ambassador Wai remarked that his team will continue to engage leaders in Washington in ways that will capitalize on the goodwill left behind by V.P. Jalloh’s visit.
V.P. Jalloh and his delegation also met and engaged the Sierra Leone Diaspora community to a hero’s welcome at a Town Hall meeting where he enumerated the progress the Bio administration has made, while appealing to his compatriots to invest in their country.
“The Sierra Leone Diaspora played a key role in propelling the SLPP to power. I came here also to say thank you,” he maintained. Representatives of the ruling SLPP and opposition parties and Diaspora community-based organisations were in attendance. Speaker after speaker commended the development efforts of President Bio and his administration, while urging all to put country first.