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Sierra Leone Business: Amb Hu presents 20,000 bags of rice to Salone

Chinese Ambassador Hu Zhangliang has presented 20,000 bags of rice to Sierra Leone through the Minister of Agriculture last Thursday. The handing over ceremony for the first batch of 2018 Humanitarian Emergency Food Assistance to Sierra Leone was held at the warehouse of the Queen Elizabeth II Quay. Chinese Ambassador Mr. HU Zhangliang, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy Mr. Zhang Xueqian, Hon. Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mr. Joseph Ndanema, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Mr. Sam-King Brima, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Ms. Fatmata S. Mustapha and other dignitaries attended the ceremony. Ambassador Hu said, as part and parcel of the all-round fruitful cooperation between China and Sierra Leone, the Chinese food aid is a vivid reflection of genuine friendship. It is an outcome of the discussion between our two heads of state at the FOCAC Beijing Summit. “It demonstrates China’s staunch support for Sierra Leone to promote agricultural development, improve people’s living conditions and achieve food security. Both sides would continue to explore how to further expand and deepen the cooperation in the agriculture sector and bring more tangible benefits to Sierra Leone people.” On behalf of the government of Sierra Leone, Minister Ndanema thanked the Chinese government for its humanitarian emergency food assistance. He said that the government of Sierra Leone would distribute the rice aided by China to schools and vulnerable farmers to support the free quality education and food for agriculture programme. He hoped to further strengthen Sierra Leone-China agricultural cooperation to promote grain production and achieve food self-sufficiency and food security in Sierra Leone. After the statements, Ambassador Hu and Hon. Minister Ndanema cut the ribbon and conducted a tour around the rice consignment. The Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy Mr. Zhang Xueqian and Minister Ndanema signed the delivery certificate.

Monday May 20, 2019.

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