Invest Sierra Leone - the only annual forum focused on investment in Sierra Leone -returns Oct 9th

Invest Sierra Leone - the only annual forum focused on investment in Sierra Leone - returns on October 9th 2017.

This year's theme is 'Investment in Sierra Leone - a tradition of innovation".

Venue: Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Exchange House, Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EG

9 October 2017, 8.30am-1pm


  1. Invest Sierra Leone is the only annual forum focused on investment in Sierra Leone.

  2. It is endorsed by the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) and is a collaboration between the leading global law firm – Herbert Smith Freehills, and Insight Magazine – Sierra Leone’s only dedicated business and investment journal.

  3. Two successful events have been held so far. The inaugural event was held in 2015, in the House of Commons, and hosted and chaired by David Lammy MP. It was attended by over 150 people.The second, in 2016, was held at Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices in London and chaired by David Lammy MP. It attracted an audience of over 250 participants.

Invest Sierra Leone 2017

Under the theme 'Investment in Sierra Leone - a tradition of innovation', Invest Sierra Leone 2017 will raise awareness about both traditional and newer investment opportunities, discuss innovative financing approaches, and facilitate investment and business partnerships.

Furthermore, with Sierra Leone’s national elections scheduled for March 2018, it is important that Sierra Leone’s growing reputation as an increasingly stable investment destination is maintained. World Bank study findings show that around 25 per cent of all investments in developing economies either stop increasing or totally withdraw from host countries due to political risks and new investors often have a ‘wait and see’ attitude as a country goes into the campaign and election season.

At Invest Sierra Leone 2017, we will report on the progress that Sierra Leone has made towards accession to the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (the "New York Convention"). More than half of the states in Africa are party to the New York Convention, including Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. Sierra Leone’s participation would significantly improve its standing in the Ease of Doing Business index. This is particularly relevant to the discussion around regulation and investor protection which was a key focus of Invest Sierra Leone 2016.

Insight magazine will be publishing a special edition to coincide with Invest Sierra Leone 2017; and participants will be Introduced to the Investor Guide for Sierra Leone microsite, which is produced by Herbert Smith Freehills, Standard Chartered and Prudential plc and was launched at the Sierra Leone Commercial Law Summit in Freetown in March 2017.



Attendance is by-invitation only and includes high-level Government representatives, investment promotion officials, and domestic and international investors.

The format will follow previous Invest Sierra Leone forums. We will hear case stories from successful investors at various stages of the investment life cycle and a presentation on investment ready opportunities. These will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

The forum will conclude with networking opportunities where investors can share and compare experiences, discuss initiatives to attract foreign investment to Sierra Leone and explore concrete business opportunities with an audience of people that have a proven interest in doing business in Sierra Leone.

Investment in Sierra Leone - a tradition of innovation


09:00-09:15: Opening remarks

09:15-10:00: Innovative approaches to traditional investment opportunities

Chaired by Dr Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs

10:00-10:30: Innovation, opportunity and first mover advantage

Chaired by: Amara Kuyateh, Deputy Director General, NASSIT

11:00-11:30: Innovative financing and financing innovation

Chaired by: Gavin Davies, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

11:30-12:00 Strategies, challenges and the ease of doing business

Chaired by Dr Samura Kamara, Minister of Foreign Affairs

12:00-13:00: Lunch

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