PMB, Chinese Embassy Establish Partnership


By Thomas S. Kembay

In a bid to have private Chinese investors in produce sector in Sierra Leone, the Executive Chairman of the Produce Monitoring Board (PMB) Dr. James Vibbi on Monday 14th January, 2019 met with the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Mr. Wu Peng at his Embassy’s Offices in Freetown.

The purpose of the meeting was to initiate plans and strategies on how to collaborate and partner to increase investment in the produce sector in the country.

His Excellency Ambassador Wu Peng expressed happiness for the visit of the Executive Chairman of PMB and commended him for his proactive steps in reaching out the Chinese Embassy for a partnership to develop the produce sector.

The Chinese Ambassador promised to lure credible private Chinese investors to invest in the produce sector in Sierra Leone and assured that his Embassy would collaborate with the sector to help foster its effectiveness and efficiency.

The Executive Chairman of PMB informed the Chinese Ambassador of his determination to raise the profile of the sector through engagement with both internal and external players to bring the much needed investment to the sector and to promote and improve the marketing of produce in order to optimize the earning of farmers.

Dr. James Vibbi assured of encouraging the production of quality produce that would meet international standards and the processing of produce locally here in Sierra Leone is aimed at value addition for export and local consumption.

In a similar development the Chinese Embassy on behalf of their government donated RMB 6.2 million worth of office equipment to Parliament. The items include printers, photo copiers, Air Conditioners, sound system, desks and chairs, among others.

The items, according to the Chinese Embassy is to capacitate Parliament in its functions to the people of Sierra Leone.