New UN Resident Coordinator Pays Courtesy Call on President Koroma

By State House Communication Unit

The United Nations Resident Coordinator Sunil Saigal, on Tuesday May 3, paid courtesy call on President Ernest Bai Koroma at State House in Freetown.
Saigal who also doubles as Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is in the country to acquaint himself with his new assignment and ongoing programmes of the UNDP in Sierra Leone.
Welcoming Saigal and team, the president said Sierra Leone and the UN have had an excellent relationship over the years, and recounted the United Nations’ contributions to Sierra Leone in peace building and growth.
President Koroma pointed out that following a successful peace building process, Sierra Leone quickly transformed itself to a point of unimaginable growth as the country was considered the second fastest growing economy in the world. He said the unprecedented Ebola outbreak significantly affected and reversed the huge economic growth the country was making.
He thanked the United Nations for its support during the Ebola outbreak, and stated that investors who had abandoned the country during the course of the epidemic have started returning.
The president described Saigal’s visit as timely because the country had just successfully concluded the first phase of the recovery process and now planning to roll out the 12-24 month recovery programme. He expressed his desire to working with Saigal to find practical ways to addressing challenges facing the recovery process.
Saigal noted that although he had spent just 10 days in Sierra Leone, he was aware of the challenges facing the country. He pledged, with the support of the UN family, to address them. “I feel honoured to be received by the president, and also enjoyed the warm hospitality of the people of Sierra Leone,” he said.

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