I recently had the honor of chairing a thought-provoking panel discussion organized by the International Growth Centre (IGC) in collaboration with the Economics and Commerce Society at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. This engaging event brought together an assembly of over three hundred students, representing diverse disciplines such as Economics, Commerce, Accounting, Population and Development, and Social Work.

The two distinguished panelists, Professor Brian Ganson from Stellenbosch University and Dr. Abdi Ali, Head of the IGC State Fragility Initiative in London, brought unparalleled expertise and insights to the table. Their impressive delivery and deliberations on the theme “Consolidating Peace, Strengthening Resilience, and Nurturing an Inclusive Economy in Sierra Leone” left an indelible mark on the audience.

I extend my heartfelt appreciation to God for granting me the privilege of serving as the chair for this program. The enthusiasm and cooperation displayed by the students were truly commendable, reflecting their keen interest in the critical issues discussed during the session. The positive feedback from the Dean of Faculty, Head of Department, and the students further affirms the success of the entire program.

Moreover, I express sincere gratitude to The IGC country team, particularly the Country Director Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie, Abou Bakarr Kamara, and Marian Marah, for their untiring support and the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful family at IGC. The collaborative effort and camaraderie within the team significantly contributed to the success of the event.

As we collectively strive to consolidate peace, strengthen resilience, and nurture an inclusive economy in Sierra Leone, the insights shared during this panel discussion serve as a catalyst for positive change. May this collaborative spirit continue to foster impactful conversations and contribute to the development of our nation.