EENI-Business School

Doing Business in Sierra Leone

Syllabus of the Subject: Doing Business in Sierra Leone. Freetown.

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Sierra Leone (West Africa)
  2. Doing Business in Freetown
  3. Sierra Leonean Economy
  4. Foreign Trade of Sierra Leone
  5. Export Procedures in Sierra Leone
  6. Business and Investment Opportunities in Sierra Leone
    1. Agriculture
    2. Tourism
    3. Marine Resources
    4. Infrastructure
    5. Sierra Leonean Mining
    6. Petrol and gas
  7. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Sierra Leone
  8. Access to the Sierra Leonean Market
  9. Business Plan for Sierra Leone

The objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Republic of Sierra Leone” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Sierra Leonean economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in the Republic of Sierra Leone
  3. To explore Sierra Leone's trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know Sierra Leone's Trade Agreements
  5. To develop a business plan for the Sierra Leonean Market
The Subject “Doing Business in Sierra Leone” is part of the following programs:
  1. Doctorates (e-learning): Islamic Countries, Africa
  2. Course: West Africa
  3. Professional Master's Programs: International Business, African Business, Muslims Countries
  4. Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business

Recommendations for the Sierra Leonean Students.

Course learning materials in English or French Sierra Leone Portuguese Sierra Leona Spanish Sierra Leona

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Sierra Leone”: 1 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Area of Knowledge: Africa

Sample of the subject (Doing Business in Sierra Leone):
Doing Business in Sierra Leone

Opening of the Hispano-African University of International Business

Hispano-African University of International Business

We Trust in Africa

Description of the Subject: Doing Business in Sierra Leone.

The Republic of Sierra Leone is the fastest growing economy in West Africa.

  1. Borders of Sierra Leone: Guinea-Conakry and Liberia
  2. Area: 72,000 square kilometres (one of the smallest African nations)
  3. Sierra Leonean population: 6.3 millions of people
  4. Capital: Freetown (1.2 million)
  5. Other cities: Bo, Kenema, Koidu Town, and Makeni
  6. Official language of Sierra Leone: English
  7. Local languages: Temne, Mende, and Krio
  8. Government: Constitutional Democracy
  9. Legal System: English common law
  10. Sierra Leone was created in 1787
  11. Independence: 1961 (United Kingdom)

The main religions in Sierra Leone are:

  1. Islam (71%)
  2. Christianity (27%)
  3. African Traditional Religions

Sierra Leone belongs to the West African Economic Area (African Civilisation).

Economy of Sierra Leone:

  1. Sierra Leonean GDP: 1.99 billion dollars
  2. GDP growth rate: 13.8%
  3. Average GDP growth rate: 5.1 % (2000-2011)
  4. The most Sierra Leonean dynamic sectors are agriculture, construction, manufacturing, services, and iron-ore mining
  5. Sierra Leonean Agriculture sector: 51% of GDP/17% of exports/61% of the workforce. Top products: coffee, cocoa, and oil palm
  6. Main resources: mineral, tourism, agriculture, marine, petrol and gas, energy, and fishery
  7. Top Sierra Leonean export products: diamonds, rutile, and bauxite iron ore
  8. The largest Sierra Leonean trading partners: China, India, the United Kingdom, the US, South Africa, and Belgium
  9. Common External Tariff (CET) of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  10. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): 740 million dollars

West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)

Sierra Leone has preferential access to the markets of:

  1. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  2. West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ)
  3. Mano River Union
  4. European Union:
    1. Generalised System of Preferences
    2. Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership/Everything But Arms (EBA)
  5. African Growth and Opportunity Act (US) - AGOA


  1. Dakar-Lagos Corridor
  2. West African Ports

Sierra Leone is a member of:

  1. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
  2. Islamic Development Bank
  3. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  4. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  5. African Union (AU)
  6. African Development Bank
  7. Sierra Leone-South America Summit (ASA)
  8. Forums Sierra Leone-China/India

Samples - Business in Sierra Leone

ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States

Common Market (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Mano River Union

Dakar-Lagos Trans-African Corridor

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