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Sierra Leone’s Fishing Minister: ‘There Must Be Development’

Sierra Leone Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Emma Kowa Jalloh.

The deal between the government of Sierra Leone and Chinese entities to build an industrial fishing harbor on 100 hectares of beach and rainforest reads like a textbook example of why China remains so unpopular among many African communities, even as its relationship with African governments goes from strength to strength.

Is the land relatively pristine? Yes. Does it support an intact local fishing economy? Why, yes. Will the proposed development hurt said local community and ecosystem while only inching Sierra Leone slightly up a value chain already clogged with other Global South competitors? Of course.

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