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German President visits Sierra Leone

afrol News, 6 December - The President of Germany, Horst Koehler, arrived in Freetown today on a three-day state visit to Sierra Leone. The German President, ex-leader of the IMF, brought a large delegation of business executives that may be interested in investing in the reconstructing country.

On arrival at the Lungi International Airport, President Koehler was received by Sierra Leone's President, Alhaji Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. Also present to welcome him were the Vice President, Solomon Berewa, several ministers, heads of diplomatic missions and top government officials.

President Koehler, who until recently was the Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is accompanied by his wife, Eva Luise Koehler, and a ninety-member delegation, including business executives, politicians, public sector officials and journalists.

The German President and delegation will be in Sierra Leone from the 6 to 9 December, during which time he will hold discussions with President Kabbah and visit key German-funded institutions and projects. The delegation will also pay visits to Kenema in the Eastern Province, Bo in the Southern Province and the diamond-rich town of Koidu where the business delegation is to undertake a tour of the Kimberlite mines.

Other highlights during the visit a planned meeting with the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Ambassador Daudi Mwakawago, a visit to the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone, a visit to a UNHCR refugee camp at Gondama, near Bo in the Southern Province, a meeting with the Mayor of the City of Freetown, at which ceremony the mayor will confer on the visiting President the title of "Freeman" of the municipality.

On Thursday, President Koehler is to leave Sierra Leone to continue his African roundtrip in Benin. In Cotonou, the German President is to meet Beninese President Mathieu Kérékou, representatives of German organisations and Beninese artist.

On Sunday, the German delegation heads on to Ethiopia, the final destination on this roundtrip. In Ethiopia, Mr Koehler is to meet the President and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. During the latter meeting, German and Ethiopian Ministers will join the two men as an agreement of debt cancellation is to be signed.

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