What Sierra Leone benefited from former President Koroma’s visit to China in 2016


*FORMER PRESIDENT ERNEST BAI KOROMA 2016’s visit to China gave us the following:*

Signing of six cooperation agreements:

a. West Africa Tropical Disease Research and Treatment Centre (300 Million RMB Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement);

b. Freetown Ring Road (Limkokwing University to Regent Village);

c. Debt Relief of 20 Million RMB (of previous Interest-Free Loan);

d. Establishment of Consultation Mechanism between two foreign ministries;

e. Cooperation Agreement for Hospital Partner Assistance;

f. Agreement on Mutual Visa Exemption of Diplomatic and Service (Official) Passport Holders.

*Debt Cancellation/other packages:*

a. A debt cancellation of twenty million Yuan to ease Sierra Leone’s debt burden;

b. A three hundred million Yuan grant in support of Sierra Leone’s health sector, including the construction of a Regional Centre for Disease Control;

c. One hundred million Yuan support towards capacity building for the military particularly Sierra Leone’s Naval Wing;

d. One hundred million Yuan in rice aide.

Again, escalation of diplomatic ties to a *Strategic Comprehensive Level,* the highest in China engagement with nations.

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