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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) (2020- 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 (2020)

Canadian exports to country: $8,740,752
Canadian imports from country: $3,519,037
FDI in Canada (2019): $ million
CDI in the country (2019): $ 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
2016 $7,354,535 $2,383,593
2017 $7,921,958 $5,723,486
2018 $9,148,318 $24,007,517
2019 $9,463,584 $4,250,824
2020 $8,740,752 $3,519,037
21 HS Sections (2020)
Canada - Sierra Leone
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $46,739 $
02 Veg. Prod. $3,400 $27,111
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $28,659
04 Food Prod. $2,702,507 $25,237
05 Mineral Prod. $ $369
06 Chemical Prod. $121,878 $19,985
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $10,378 $170,124
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $100 $
09 Wood Prod. $ $13,170
10 Paper Prod. $4,901 $8,366
11 Textiles Prod. $2,552,253 $32,096
12 Dress Access. $402 $5,744
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $16,386 $40,632
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $30,406
15 Base Metal Prod. $146,222 $472,268
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $540,748 $2,552,333
17 Vehicles and Equip. $1,843,828 $31,478
18 Specialized Inst. $183,373 $24,642
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $23,377 $36,417
21 Antiques $ $


February 2021
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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