Resources - Africa

Sierra Leone

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)

O.A.U. Drive
Tower Hill
Freetown , Sierra Leone
Tel: +232 22 220788
Email: info@sliepa.org

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

5th Floor
Guma Building
Lamina Sankoh St
Sierra Leone
+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.



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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.