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National Tourist Board General Manager, Mrs. Fatmata Mida Carew advances Sierra Leone as a peaceful tourist destination to WTM visitors Referencing the Global Peace Index (IGP) 2022.

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We have done four peaceful elections and we will soon get the 5th in 2023 as a nation, free of wars and social imbalances.

Mrs. Carew in a session without prejudices stated, The 2022 GPI highlights Sierra Leone in the second colour category (light Green), with clearly indicating that Sierra Leone is among the most peaceful countries in the world. Stating that on the 2022 GPI list of 163 countries, Sierra Leone was ranked and placed 50th position with a score of 1.801, indicating clear upward mobility progress of 2-step from the 2021 GPI.

To be precisely only Ghana and the Gambia were ahead of Sierra Leone in West Africa subregion, with Sierra Leone taking 3rd in the West African sub-region. Absolutely, Sierra Leone is among 90 countries that recorded improvements in peacefulness and acceptance from the 2021 to 2022 GPI assessment and scores.

One should note, positions and status is shared with great industrialised and advanced nations like; Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom (UK), as the list goes on.

She reiterates Peace through tourism refers to a number of data analysis which suggests tourism may contribute to cross-cultural understanding, tolerance and even peace between communities, cities, nations arround, and Sierra Leone is now taking the bold steps using Tourism for Peace in major destination campaigns.

Her submission to the tourism representatives for Germany, UK, Canada, America and other international tourism stakeholders clear doubts and ill feelings about Sierra Leone been a destination.

In her conclusion she listed the different tourism projects undertaken so far, in a continous effort to raise the tourism profile and destination image.

She also lamented, that the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs through the leadership of Dr. Memunatu B. Pratt and the Tourism Directorate have done massive Community engagement and youths  empowerment, capacity building and training, as  public/private sector partnerships  key  fundamental factors in advancing a culture of peace through tourism in post-conflict society as Sierra Leone.

Kai Bockarie-Saquee

PR005WTM

National Tourist Board

Communications and Public Relations Unit.

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