Generalizes on the best strategy to enter the market, e.g., visiting the country; importance of relationships to finding a good partner; use of agents.
U.S. investors wishing to do business in Sierra Leone are encouraged to contact the Economic and Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy Freetown. The Section can introduce investors to the business environment, including the legal and regulatory framework, provide guidance on the entry processes and support with commercial advocacy. Approved as a Partner Post in 2018, the section now provides the full range of branded commercial services, including the Gold Key Service, Single Company Promotion, International Partner Search, International Company Profile, and Customized Market Research.
Potential investors are also advised to visit the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) website at http://www.oarg.gov.sl/. SLIEPA is the country’s official agency to assist and inform investors and exporters on the opportunities and incentives provided to investors in various sectors of the economy. New businesses that wish to register as companies must register with the Corporate Affairs Commission (https://www.cac.gov.sl/) while sole proprietorship, partnership and cooperatives register with the Office of the Administrator and Registrar General (http://www.oarg.gov.sl/). Investors are also informed that there is an American Business Council and a Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture, and Industry (SLCCIA). Investors are encouraged to hire the services of a registered attorney to provide guidance in going through the process of registration.