By Princetta Williams, Information Attaché Designate Accra, Ghana
Sierra Leone’s High Commissioner to Accra, Ghana, Her Excellency Francess Virginia Anderson together with her colleague Japanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone H.E Himeno Tsutomu have on behalf of both governments signed an Exchange of Notes on Japanese Grant Assistance to Sierra Leone for the provision of medical equipment in response to the fight against the coronavirus in Sierra Leone.
Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Japanese embassy in Accra, High Commissioner Francess Virginia Anderson said Sierra Leone is very much appreciative of the kind gesture which she described as timely, reminding her counterpart that Sierra Leone still has the pandemic that is actively causing discomfort in all sphere.
Her Excellency Anderson said that under the current leadership of Brigadier Rtd. President Julius Maada Bio, a lot more positive changes are sure to take place, thus the reason why the country remains true and confident to upholding stronger bilateral relations. She further expressed hope of COVID- 19 leaving Sierra Leone very soon, and looking forward to a strong partnership with the Japanese Government.
In his statement, the Japanese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, H.E. Himeno Tsutomu expressed his country’s willingness to continue the good bilateral relations that has existed over the years with Sierra Leone being a trusted country, or partner. H.E. Tsutomu stated that the government of his country wish to particularly strengthen their economic development support to Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone and Japan have over the years enjoyed a sisterly relationship, with Sierra Leone having benefitted greatly in many sectors such as human capital development, Infrastructural development, Agriculture, Health and Education through the JICA project.