Investing and Setting up a business in Sierra Leone
The Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) is the country’s official agency to assist
and inform investors and exporters. There has been significant improvements in the ease of doing business
in Sierra Leone. New businesses are registered with the Office of the Registrar General while the Sierra
Leone Chamber of Commerce is the oldest voice of the Private Sector in the country.
Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA)
Freetown , Sierra Leone
Tel: +232 22 220788
Business Registration Center – Office of the Administrator & Registrar General
Roxy Building, Walpole Street
Freetown, Sierra Leone
The Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture
Lamina Sankoh St
+232 22 220904 / +232 22 226305
Women in Business:
The African Foundation for Development in Sierra Leone (AFFORD-SL) seeks to facilitate the creation, protection and
maintenance of jobs through practical support of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
The organization relies on support from the African Diaspora who partner with Sierra Leoneans on the ground to provide
investment and input on business training through the deployment of Business Coaches and Advisors.
Businesses in Sierra Leone are able to receive direct technical support, coaching and mentoring. Because enterprise
development is a viable option for self-employment and job creation, AFFORD-SL advocates, lobbies and facilitates a
conducive enterprise environment in Sierra Leone.
World Bank Group Doing Business Report:
Knowledge Management Products:
Sierra Leone Economic Outlook
With the discovery of iron ore in 2011, mining became the main growth driver, resulting in an unprecedented growth
rate of 21% in 2013. However, following the downward trend in the international price of iron ore and the outbreak
of the Ebola virus in 2014—the economy contracted 20.6% in 2015. Resumption of operation by one of the two iron ore
companies led to a rebound of the economy, with a growth rate of 6.3% in 2016 and an estimated 5.7% in 2017. The
outlook for 2018 and beyond will continue to be challenging, due to the uncertainty surrounding the international
prices of iron ore. GDP growth is expected to be 6.1% in 2018 and 6.5% in 2019.