The Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 17th November 2020 paid a courtesy visit to the Hon. Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu B. Pratt at the Tourism Ministry, B28 Kingharman Road, Freetown.

Amb. Felix Raul Rojas Crus said the purpose of the visit was to strengthen the bilateral relationship between these two countries and how best the Cuba government can collaborate and partner with the Tourism Ministry and its sub vented agencies in terms of how they can help in rebranding the Tourism sector and be involved in touristic activities.

“My visit is also centered on how the Tourism Ministry in Sierra Leone and the Cuba tourism sector can share and learn from their cultural ties, values, ideas, customs, and traditions”, he reiterated.

Finally, the Cuba Ambassador explained that his visit was to see how best the two Tourism Industries can strategize plans to develop policies which they could use for developmental, partnership and investment purposes.

In response, Hon. Memunatu B. Pratt expressed her profound gratitude to Amb. Felix Raul Rojas Crus for his visit, and also for the good intentions the Cuba government has for Sierra Leone and even her ministry (Tourism and Cultural Ministry).

Going forward, Dr. Pratt passionately welcomed the proposals from the Cuba Ambassador. She further said, there is a very strong instrumental ties that has been existing and still exists between Cuba and Sierra Leone. She added that Cuba as a country has been playing a key role in supporting our country in so many ways ranging from providing training for SL nurses during the Ebola and Covid Crisis; giving medical equipment’s to the hospitality sector, sending their own staff to help in the fight against Ebola and many other aspects.

The Tourism Minister told the Cuban Ambassador that Sierra Leone and the Republic of Cuba share many features which can be meant for domestic and International Tourism, and added that the Country have vast lands which could be used for tourism investment and that her ministry is always ready and willing to collaborate and partner with Cuba for sustainable Eco-tourism.

In her concluding statement, Dr. Pratt said that the Tourism Ministry have always focused on promoting the socio-economic growth of the country and other nations, promote peaceful and multi-socio-cultural cohesion among nations globally and also give opportunity to reflect on the challenges facing the sector.