As Brewery Launches Le 200Bn Canning Line… Local Can Drinks Soon

 

The Chief Minister of the New Direction administration, Prof. David Francis on Thursday, 20th September, 2018 officially commissioned and launched two hundred billion Leones (Le200bn) canning  line for the Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL) at the company’s headquarters at the Wellington Industrial Estate, Wellington, East of the capital.

In his keynote address, the Chief Minister on behalf of the President and the government expressed satisfaction in SLBL for such state-of-the-art equipment installed by the company.

“I am impressed to hear from the Managing Director that 90% of the company staff are Sierra Leoneans and that 70% of their raw materials are locally purchased,” said the Chief Minister, noting that such exhibits a good example of direct foreign investment in the country and promotes the local content policy.

Government, he said, is happy as SLBL is doing all in its domain to revamp the manufacturing industry.

“The operation of SLBL is in line with the vision of the ‘New Direction’ administration in increasing a business friendly environment in order to bolster the country’s economy,” the Chief Minister said, adding that such investment will enable the company to export its products to neighbouring countries which would lead to the creation of more jobs and improve business opportunities.

The Bio led ‘New Direction’ administration, he said, is in support of all made-in-Sierra Leone manufacturing companies that significantly increase revenue for the government, as according to him, the government-SLBL type of partnership that promotes the vision of the ‘New Direction’ is what is needed.

According to the Managing Director of SLBL, Daaf Van Tilburg, this is the first time the canning line is introduced in the country. Sierra Leoneans, he said, can now enjoy canned products, both alcohol and non-alcohol beverages made in Sierra Leone, adding  that the company will continue to invest in staff capacity as, according to him, the canning line is 100% operated by Sierra Leoneans.

He also stated the company will continue with its business relationship it has created with over 25,000 Sorghun farmers in the country.

The Minister of Agriculture and the President of Labor Congress also made statements.