FREETOWN, July 18, 2019 – Trade is at the heart of Sierra Leone’s national development plans. The government has an ambitious objective to become a middle-income country by 2039 and to stimulate economic growth through trade. The country has embarked on a bold trade facilitation agenda to tackle trade obstacles and meet its goals, with support from the Trade Facilitation Support Program – part of the World Bank Group’s support for countries seeking assistance in aligning their trade practices with the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA).
For businesses like Sierra Agra – Sierra Leone’s only mango juice processing company – a more attractive trade environment is starting to bear fruit. Since 2017, Sierra Agra has been exporting organic juices and concentrates from its factory near Freetown, Sierra Leone’s largest port, to customers in Europe and around the world.