Bilateral trade relations between Iran and the West African country are very unsubstantial, standing at less than one million dollars per year. Now, its envoy to Tehran is trying to woo Iranian investment.
Sierra Leone has invited Iranian private health sector to invest in the West African country’s health and hygiene infrastructure.
“Sierra Leone needs development in medical treatment and health sectors. So, the active Iranian private sector can help equip hospitals and medical centres in the country,” Sierra Leone’s new Ambassador to Iran Alie Badara Kamara told Masoud Khansari, President of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (TCCIMA) on Saturday.
He also announced his country can export cacao, oil seeds and some raw mineral materials to Iran in a bid to expand trade ties between the two countries.
The African nation’s major economic outcome comes from mining especially diamonds. It is also among the largest producers of titanium and bauxite, is a major producer of gold, and has one of the world's largest deposits of rutile.
Iran and Sierra Leone’s yearly mutual trade stands at less than one million dollars, according to Khansari who said the chamber of commerce in the Iranian capital is ready to dispatch and receive trade delegations in a bid to better understand commercial opportunities in both countries.
A country of more than seven million people, , Sierra Leone, is a country in West Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. Nearly 80% of the country’s population is Muslim. The country went through an 11-year civil war from 1991 to 2002. More than 50% of Sierra Leonean lived below poverty line in 2011, according to indexmundi.com.