In Fitur in Madrid, Spain where the 2022 International Tourism Trade Fair is underway since 19-23 January, the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt graciously met the Spanish royal family, King Felipe VI and Queen Kerizia.

Madam Pratt was among dozens of Tourism Ministers from across the globe that attended the prestigious meeting with the Spanish King and Queen aimed at creating durable social networks amongst touristic countries, with Spain being a leading international tourist destination.

Fitur is a global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading international tourism trade fair.

The focus of the fair, where Sierra Leone has a unique cultural booth, is on Sustainable Tourism Development; taking full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.

Along that line, Madam Pratt has met with colleague ministers from across the world, dozens of tourism partners and the media from different countries as she showcases the unique tourist experience that Sierra Leone has to offer to an international market.

Madam Pratt has also met with officials of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, a specialized organ tasked with the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

UNWTO dedicates itself to meeting the specific needs of member states and supports them in their efforts to develop and promote the tourism industry as an engine for socioeconomic growth and poverty alleviation through the creation of employment.

With tourism expected to grow in the coming years, Madam Pratt also met with top airline operators including the British Airways General Manager in Madrid, Juan Carlos Alvarez Flores.

Also, the General Manager of the National Tourist Board (NTB) madam Fatmata Carew held fruitful discussion with key tourism stakeholders at the Trade Fair and assured them that Sierra Leone has the platform for safe investment into Eco Tourism and hospitality.

"You all are welcome to our beautiful country Sierra Leone and we are ready to receive you all at anytime in our country" Madam Fatmata Carew noted.

Led by the acting Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority Mr James Baggie Bio, together with the Chairman board of directors Mr. Sheikh Mustapha Bawoh, the Board of Directors on Friday 10th December, 2021 embarked on a conducted tour of the newly constructed SLRSA Administrative building at Africanus Road at Kissy in Freetown and the Autospect Facilities under construction at Konta Line Koya Chiefdom, Port Loko District.

The essence of the tour was to update the board of directors and for them to assess the quality of works and progress made so far.

Mr. James Baggie, Acting Executive Director informed the board that the structure at Africanus Road at Kissy when completed would house key administrative department and units within the authority with a modern board room and conference centre.

Briefing the SLRSA entourage at the Autospect Facilities at Konta Line along the Waterloo - Masiaka highway, Koya Chiefdom Port Loko District, the Managing Director of Autospect Sierra Leone Mr. Muhieddine Itani said the facility would be fitted with state-of-the-art safety technology that meets international best standards to ensure that no safety principle is compromised.

Mr. Muhieddine Itani said he was optimistic that the first phase of 2 Vehicle Fitness Centres; 1 at the SLRSA Headquarters at Kissy Road and another at Konta Line, would be completed by February 2022 and that they plan to commence full operations in March 2022 after thorough training of key front desk SLRSA personnel on key technical issues.

"This will serve as an opportunity for SLRSA technical staff to be trained on how to use sophisticated technology in doing their work and help reduce if not put an end to the many fatalities on our roads." Mr. Itani said.

He however pleaded with the Board Chairman, Acting Executive Director and Management to exercise patience as they (Autospect SL) tries to complete the facilities on or before the stipulated time.

The Chairman board of Directors Mr. Sheikh Mustapha Bawoh said he was pleased with the level of energy, professionalism and quality of works being done by the Autospect. He however admonish them to do more so that the best of what is expected is delivered.

"As a Board, we are impressed with the progress and quality of work done and We urge you to ensure you deliver the best and nothing less." Mr. Bawoh said.

The Office of International Migration in collaboration with the government of Sierra Leona and the United Kingdom (UK) on the 24-25 September 2020 held a two day National Consultative Forum to validate Sierra Leone’s National Migration Policy at Golden Tulip Hotel, Aberdeen Freetown for the first time since independence in 1961.

Among the invited government contributors to discuss the structures and put validation policies in place for further consideration by Parliament of Sierra Leone for the good of Sierra Leoneans include Office of Interimmigration, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Social Welfare, Internal Affairs and the Network of Ex-Asylum

Seekers (NEAS), a leading Civil Society organization working on the welfares of ex-asylum seekers.

In an interview with the National Coordinator of NEAS, Abdulai Daramy reiterated that he has been advocating for policies leading to legislation for migrants, returnees and deportees. He further expressed gratitude to all those who have participated to make the forum a reality. He said that the discussion amongst delegates was very educative and when legislated it will lead to a solution to the plight of migrants.

“ It was really pathetic for a country like ours to exist without laws bordering on migrations and other associated individuals who fall in the category of returnees and deportees” he stressed. According to him, he sees better opportunities like jobs creation for returnees and deportee by government run institutions like NACSA to invest in the area of agriculture and other social opportunities that may be available after the normalization of the outline policies to become law in the not too distant future.

The Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) - Action Yearning for Community Empowerment - has presented a meritorious certificate of award to Mr. Gerben Haringsma, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Socfin Agricultural Company in Sahn Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun District.

According to the NGO, they presented the award to the CEO and the company in recognition of his invaluable contributions to the Sierra Leonean community and the economy.

Receiving the award, Mr. Gerben commented that as the principal shareholder and Country Director of Socfin in Sierra Leone, he felt proud and highly honored.

He disclosed that he started the company in 2010 and 11 years on, he said he was proud that the company is the largest operation in Sierra Leone and with the addition of its state-of-the-art oil processing mill, Socfin is the biggest such operator in the entire Africa.

Mr. Gerben, who attributed the success to staff who helped him build the company, stated: “I am honored when youths honor me because they are the future.” “When youths recognize my contribution to the economy of Sierra Leone, I feel proud,” he added.

Mr. Gerben, who disclosed that he has never received any award from the Sierra Leonean community, said Socfin has provided many opportunities dedicated to the youths to better themselves in the

These, he said, include investments in food security, building of schools including secondary schools that are among the best in the country, provision of microcredit to women and youths, among others.

Mr. Gerben however lamented that there were many people that wanted to destroy the country and treat they should get them out of here.

Daughter of Sierra Leone, a charitable organization has on last Thursday 24th September, 2020 boosted the Freetown Cheshire Home at Race Course, Cline Town with learning materials and food items.

The life of one Mariatu Sesay whose whereabouts remain since she went into hiding in 2006 is in great danger.