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Canada-Sierra Leone fact sheet

Official Title:
Republic of Sierra Leone

General Information

Capital: Freetown
Population (million): 7.74
Total Area: 71,740km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 6961.9 Leone (SLL) (2019- Annual average)
National Holiday: 27 April, Republic Day
Language(s): English, Krio, Mende (principal vernacular in the south), Temne

Political Information

Type of State:
Unitary Republic

Type of Government:
Unicameral Parliament composed of 124 members, including 112 members elected to five-year terms through proportional representation and 12 appointed paramount chiefs

Head of State:
President Julius Maada BIO

Head of Government:
President Julius Maada BIO

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation: Nabeela TUNIS
Trade and Industry: Dr. Edward Hinga SANDY
Planning and Economic Development: Dr. Francis Mustapha KAIKAI

Main Political Parties:
All Peoples’ Congress (APC), Sierra Leone’s Peoples Party (SLPP), Peoples’ Movement for Democratic Change (PMDC).

Elections:
Presidential and parliamentary: Last: March 2018 . Next: 2023

Economic Information (2019)

Comparative figures
Type Sierra Leone Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 5.56 2,277.52
GDP per capita: ($) 719.27 60,806.37
GDP growth rate: (%) 5.12 1.64
Inflation: (%) 14.8 1.95
Unemployment: (%) 0 5.67

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2019)

Canadian exports to country: $9,451,884
Canadian imports from country: $4,250,824
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in the country: $ million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
High Commissioner Sidique Abou-Bakarr WAI (Washington)

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Acting High Commissioner Sara NICHOLLS

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Sierra Leone
Year Exports Imports
2015 $9,069,609 $2,821,069
2016 $7,354,535 $2,383,593
2017 $7,921,958 $5,723,486
2018 $9,148,318 $24,007,517
2019 $9,451,884 $4,250,824
21 HS Sections (2019)
Canada - Sierra Leone
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $ $10
02 Veg. Prod. $33,035 $31,151
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $12,821
04 Food Prod. $3,393,768 $4,241
05 Mineral Prod. $ $304
06 Chemical Prod. $1,458 $18,101
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $13,269 $61,499
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $220 $1,426
09 Wood Prod. $12 $96,024
10 Paper Prod. $2,550 $22,146
11 Textiles Prod. $3,511,015 $193,186
12 Dress Access. $1,335 $310
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $7,010 $44,939
14 Precious Metals/stones $50 $134
15 Base Metal Prod. $20,513 $453,157
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $621,910 $2,911,492
17 Vehicles and Equip. $1,157,268 $116,574
18 Specialized Inst. $85,864 $157,855
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $20,642 $124,832
21 Antiques $ $177


September 2020
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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