25th July 2017
MPs Warn Gbekie against Complacency for Improving Small Businesses
By a press release (29/06/17)
MPs have warned the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency SME boss Mr. Raymond Kai Gbekie against complacency.
The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Thursday 25th May 2017 debated and ratified the Fifth Report of its Committee on Appointments and the Public Service by approving the following presidential nominee at the House of Parliament in Freetown:
Mr. Raymond Kai Gbekie, the Chief Executive for the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency SME received a uniquely glowing endorsement from parliamentarians across party lines. (Pictured: Majortiy Leader Hon Bundu with President Koroma).
Seconding the motion, Hon. Jusufu B. Mansaray appreciated President Koroma for nominating Raymond Gbekie for such an important office geared towards developing and structuring our local businesses to attract foreign investments.
Hon. Ibrahim Parteh Bah also eulogized President Koroma for Raymond’s appointment saying that he has the competence and character of humility to link SMEs to big foreign invested players and the need to empower the businesses of our womenfolk through micro-financing.
Hon. Paramount Chief, Sheku Fasuluku on behalf of the Konos and the youth of Sierra Leone congratulated President Koroma for Gbekie’s appointment and cautioned him against complacency as he is expected to do more, judging from his experience and track records.
Minority Leader of Parliament, Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai spoke on the need of strengthening our local trade with the view of competing in continental trade that is currently being discussed at the Pan-African Parliament. She called on the Agency to map, coordinate, profile, train and capacitate our SMEs to compete internationally.
Acting Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Hassan Sheriff regarded Gbekie as courageous, humble, respectful, competent and fit-for-purpose, noting the development of our SMEs with big investors. On the promotion of the local content policy, he called on Gbekie to open his mind when dealing with our business women in respect of micro-financing and accessing loans.
As per dictates of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone, a nominee having been approved by Parliament will enter his/her official duties after President Koroma has subscribed him/her to an oath of office.
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