His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has urged Ambassadors to practice more of business diplomacy rather than spending lots of time on religious activities. The admonishment was made on Friday at State House when two Ambassadors were taking leave of the President. They are Madam Mabinty Daramy, Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea and accredited to Mali and Niger; and Hon. Alimamy Kamara, Ambassador to the Republic of Iran and assigned to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Lebanon.
"You have not left the political arena but the emphasis is diplomacy," the President said, and added that they should be practicing modern diplomacy that fosters economic development for the country they are representing. "You should increase business transactions. Whatever it takes to increase the diplomatic relationship you'll have my full support. Keep me posted on activities and try as best to make the difference," says President Koroma.
He singled out the Ambassador to Guinea, Madam Mabinty Daramy by calling her to increase the trade relationship between the two sister countries. "You must increase business transactions at all levers, be it small, medium of large scale. There is room for improvement at the bilateral level," he said.
Iran, he said is becoming a dominant country that is trying to lead in political, economic and other development activities. He urged Hon. Alimamy Koroma to go there to tap the business opportunities for his country.
After several invitations, the President said he is now willing to visit Iran.
Ambassador Mabinty Daramy thanked the President for indulging and reposing confidence in her to serve in his government, whose visionary leadership has brought a positive turnaround in the economy. "I have gained a lot in leadership, policy and finance, negotiations, communication, good service to humanity, people centered skills etc.," she said, noting further that President has been a good mentor that brought her thus far. "I will employ the nature of simplicity, clarity, humility, and will learn a lot in bilateral and multilateral spheres in promoting the interest of my country and strengthen the diplomatic ties," Ambassador Daramy assured.
Hon. Ambassador Alimamy Kamara while thanking President Koroma for bringing him from nowhere to this great height, said he has made up his mind to start work. "The work has begun," he said, promising that he will uphold and do justice to all mankind, and that he will never betray the confidence of the people.
The two Ambassadors were accompanied by Cabinet Ministers, other government officials, family and friends. Ambassador Mabinty Daramy is expected to leave the shores of Sierra Leone on Monday for the Republic if Guinea to start his official work.