TONY BLAIR VISITS NSBT
AGI’s Patron Tony Blair visited the port in Freetown, Sierra Leone on 8th September to highlight the country’s continued efforts to recover from the impact of
Ebola and the global fall in commodity prices, that has hit the West African economy hard in the last couple of years.
Freetown port sits on one of the world’s deepest natural harbours and lies almost equidistant between Brazil and major northern European ports such as Rotterdam and
Hamburg. Despite these significant advantages the port’s potential has not yet been fully realised. If the Sierra Leonean economy is to return to strong growth a thriving port will be a sign of
success. Mr Blair heard from Port Authorities about plans to introduce a single-electronic window for importers and exporters. This would cut the amount of time it takes to move goods into and out of
the country – cutting waste and potential corruption in the proces. Mr Blair was shown around the NSBT Terminal which has seen several million dollars of investment in new equipment and a
new Terminal Managemen System the last 12 months.
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