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We are pleased to announce the Sierra Leone and Liberia Business Day, which will take place on the 11th of September at RVO (Pr. Beatrixlaan 2, The Hague).  

The programme of the event is built around several in-depth sector sessions, based on the results of recently performed studies in agribusiness, logistics, energy and health. Representatives from Sierra Leone and Liberia (export promotion agencies, business councils, embassies), as well as Dutch companies that are already active in the countries, will speak about the business climate and specific opportunities, and will answer any question you may have. The event will be from 9:00 to 18:00 and includes a plenary programme, sector sessions and a network reception. 

This event is organised by RVO, NABC, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ghana, the Sierra Leone-Netherlands Business and Cultural Council (SLNBCC), the Liberia-Netherlands Business and Cultural Council (LNBCC), and the Ghana-Netherlands Business and Cultural Council (GNBCC). 

For more information, please contact Maloe de Reuver at maloe.dereuver@nabc.nl

 
 
 
 
 

Programme

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

9:00 – 9:30   

Coffee and registration  

9:30 – 9:50  

Opening speeches

Mr. Peter de Ruiter, Managing Director NABC

H.E.M. Ron Strikker, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana

Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the Netherlands (TBC)

Dr. Isaac W. Nyenabo, II, Ambassador of the Republic of Liberia to the Benelux and the European Union

9:50 – 10:20

Doing business in Sierra Leone

Mrs. Sally Sulaiman-Gassama, Investment Promotion/Business Development Officer at the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA)

10:20 – 10:50

Doing business in  Liberia

Mr. Andrew Anderson, Liberia National Investment Commission (NIC)

10:50 – 11:05

Break

11:05 – 11:20

Information about available PSD instruments

RVO

11:20 – 11:50

Panel discussion: “Experiences in doing business in Sierra Leone and Liberia”

Guido Geerts, Delft Imaging Systems 
Eric-Jan Bergsma, Royal BAM Group 

Moderated by Marina Diboma (NABC)

11:50 – 12:30

Questions from the audience

Moderated by Marina Diboma (NABC)

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:30

 

Business opportunities in the agricultural sector

Mrs. Binta Jalloh (SLNBCC) and Mr. Theo Dennis (LNBCC)

 

Moderated by Mackenzie Masaki (NABC)

13:30 – 14:30 

Business opportunities in the logistics sector

Mrs. Esther Kamara (SLNBCC)

Mr. Tjalling Wiarda (GNBCC)

 

 

14:30 – 14:45

Break

14:45 – 15:45 

Business opportunities in the energy sector 

Mrs. Binta Jalloh (SLNBCC) and Mr. Theo Dennis (LNBCC)

 

Moderated by Peter de Ruiter (NABC)

14:45 – 15:45

Business opportunities in the health sector

Mrs. Esther Kamara (SLNBCC)

Mr. Tjalling Wiarda (GNBCC)

 

Moderated by Arne Doornebal (NABC)

15:45 – 16:00

Closing

Ambassadors

16:00 – 18:00

Network reception

 

Speakers

SPEAKERS

Binta Jalloh and Theo Dennis will present on the Agriculture & Energy sectors

Binta Jalloh

Binta is a Sierra Leonean who moved to The Netherlands in July 1990. During her stay in the Netherlands, she worked in sales positions at Kyocera Document Solutions for 13 years. With the experience she acquired she saw how she could impact her country and Africa as a whole. In 2012 she returned home and established her dream venture “Bintex Inc. Ltd”.

Specialized in data processing, order management, customer service and sales, Ms. Jalloh is punctual, dedicated, result-driven and self-motivated to deliver on demanding targets. She is articulate, with the ability to work independently, and a good team player and team leader as well. She has a large business network in both The Netherlands and Sierra Leone. 

 

Theo Dennis

Theo Dennis is a Liberian national with international business experience in both Liberia and the US. His areas of expertise include financial management, strategy and business development.

He is founder and president of the Agro-Industrial & Investment Development Corporation (AIDCORP), a strategic business advisory firm. He gained ample experience in providing guidance and support to foreign firms, identifying opportunities, and navigating the business terrain. His work for foreign firms included Dutch companies, such as Holland Shipyard, Aurora Netherlands B.V. and Damen Shipyards.

 

Esther Kamara and Tjalling Wiarda will present on the Logistics and Medical sectors

Esther Kamara

Esther Kamara was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch mother and a Sierra Leonean father. She holds a BA in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam (2010-2013), speaks four languages fluently and runs her own creative writing business. In 2016 she became one of the organisers of the yearly Freetown Music Festival and relocated to Freetown. She has been actively involved in the cultural sector of Sierra Leone ever since. Esther has excellent knowledge of both the Dutch and the Sierra Leonean culture and has always moved freely within the two worlds. She specialises in writing, research, social media marketing, event management and creative solutions.  

 

Tjalling Wiarda 

Tjalling is the General Manager of GNBCC where he started in February 2017.  He has been in Ghana before in the period 2001-2010 when he was involved in the set-up of a number of new companies such as Explainer DC and SOFT Internet Solutions. He was also active for GHANECC (before GNBCC) as project manager as well as Board Member. From 2006 until 2010 he was working in the shea industry for Loders Croklaan (now IOI Loders Croklaan).  The past 6 years he has been living and working in Antwerp, Belgium active in real estate and consultancy. Tjalling has an MBA from the Henley School of Management and a MA in History from the University of Antwerp. 

 

Meet the rest of the GNBCC Team: http://www.gnbcc.net/about/team

 

Andrew Anderson

Andrew Anderson is a Private Sector Development Specialist with over 12 years of experience & expertise in Grant Management, SME Development, Project Management and Investment Marketing/ Consultancy. He currently heads the Project Implementation Unit at the National Investment Commission of Liberia and manages several project portfolios. He holds a Post Graduate degree in Management and Conflict Studies from the Eastern Mennonite University, USA. As a development practitioner, Mr. Anderson has adequately represented the Commission, and has provided expert advice to the offices of the Chairman and Executive Director. Accordingly, he worked on many projects and policy initiatives across the Commission including the Special Economic Zone Act, the Local Content Policy, PPP Policy and the development of a Private Sector Strategy for Liberia. He is very conversant with the mandate of the Commission, and is a repository of knowledge on its activities and long-term vision.

 

Sally Sulaiman-Gassama

Sally Sulaiman-Gassama started her professional life in 2009 when she started her work with the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA). At SLIEPA she was able to build a vast experience in investment promotion, trade facilitation and business development. She has travelled extensively to several countries for road shows and international fora and conferences for investment. 

 
 
 
 

MODERATORS 

Peter de Ruiter

Managing Director, NABC

 

 

 

 

 

Marina Diboma

Deputy Managing Director, NABC

 

 

 

Mackenzie Masaki

Director of Business Development & Agribusiness, NABC

 

 

 

 

 

Arne Doornebal

Media Relations & Strategic Regions, NABC

 

 

 

 

 

Peter van Rheenen

Project Manager, Evofenedex

 

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Event details

Sierra Leone and Liberia Business Day
From September 11, 2018
Till September 11, 2018
MultiSector
NABC events
Seminar
The Hague, Netherlands
maloe.dereuver@nabc.nl
+31 (0)70 304 3618