President Julius Maada Bio and First Lady Fatima Maada Bio hosted a State Dinner for esteemed members of the ECOWAS Parliament at the Presidential Lodge in Freetown on February 3, 2024. The evening, characterised by lively discourse and delectable local cuisine, delved into pivotal discussions on peace, the rule of law and economic development across West Africa.
Addressing the distinguished gathering, President Bio underscored the significance of robust institutions and his unwavering commitment to the rule of law.
“Building a stable and prosperous region mandates upholding principles of justice and accountability,” he proclaimed, emphasising their role as the bedrock for sustainable development and enduring peace.
President Bio further highlighted the potential inherent in regional cooperation and shared strategies for economic growth.
“By working together, we can harness our collective potential, creating an environment that attracts investment and empowers our citizens,” he stated, outlining the path towards a mutually beneficial future.
The presence of First Lady Fatima Maada Bio lent an air of grace and diplomacy to the evening, symbolising Sierra Leone’s dedication to fostering collaboration within the ECOWAS community.
Earlier that evening, ECOWAS Speaker, Rt. Hon. Dr. Sidie Tunis, added depth to the discussions with his contributions.
“This gathering serves as a testament to our commitment to regional cohesion. Through shared dialogue and collaborative efforts, we can address challenges and propel West Africa towards a future of prosperity,” Hon. Tunis stated.
The State Dinner facilitated an open exchange of ideas among parliamentarians from across the ECOWAS region, generating a palpable sense of unity and shared commitment to overcoming regional challenges.
This insightful gathering underscores Sierra Leone’s commitment to regional cooperation and collaborative efforts towards a brighter future for West Africa. By prioritising peace the rule of law and economic development, the region can unlock its full potential, fostering a future where all citizens thrive.
Strategic Communications Division,
Office of the First Lady,
Republic of Sierra Leone.