20th January 2018
UK Successfully Sponsors the Commercial Law Summit in Freetown
By a press release (04/04/17)
Sierra Leone's first Commercial Law Summit sponsored by stakeholders from the United Kingdom and others has ended successfully in Freetown.
The Summit, held at the Radisson Blu Hotel Aberdeen in Freetown brought together leaders from the government, judiciary, the business sector, the legal profession and civil society. (Pictured: Ms Priti Patel, UK Secretary of State for International Affairs. She recently met with President Ernest Koroma in Freetown).
Reports say the stakeholders mapped out commercial law reforms to promote business growth and to help the country's ongoing economic development.
The event was organised by Herbert Smith Freehills, Standard Chartered Bank, the UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network and the UK and Sierra Leone government, including support from DFID and ROLE UK.
By bringing together key decision makers to address gaps in commercial law and in the justice system in Sierra Leone, the aim is to assist the country with its economic growth and recovery from the effects of the Ebola crisis.
The second edition of Sierra Leone: An Investor's Guide was also launched at a reception held by Herbert Smith Freehills and Standard Chartered Bank immediately after the Summit.
For the first time, the guide will be made available online in the form of a mobile responsive micro-site, increasing ease of access for those who are interested in deploying capital in West Africa.