The primary responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (and accredited Missions) is to pursue Sierra Leone’s foreign policy objectives as enshrined in Chapter II, Section 10 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone and as the Government may dictate.
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To build a strong, dynamic and professionally charged Foreign Service capable of advocating and positioning Sierra Leone as an effective partner for regional and global peace, security and development, and of contributing effectively in the transformation of Sierra Leone to a middle income country by 2030, and thereafter, to a developed and donor country by the end of the 21st Century.


  • To mainstream the foreign service in the country’s ambition to promote peace, security and development domestically as well as within the subregion and the wider global arena.
  • To enhance Sierra Leone’s voice, legitimacy and representation in diplomacy and international relations.
  • To promote Sierra Leone’s economic, political, social, cultural, scientific and technological interests; which are critical elements in building a sustainable future for all Sierra Leoneans.
  • To work towards the realization of the objectives set out in Section 10 of the 1991 Constitution of the Republic of Sierra Leone, namely:
    • the promotion and protection of the National interest;
    • the promotion of sub-regional, regional and inter-African cooperation and unity;
    • the promotion of international cooperation for the consolidation of international peace and security and mutual respect among all nations; and respect for their territorial integrity and independence; and
    • respect for international law and treaty obligations, as well as the seeking of settlement of international disputes by negotiation, reconciliation, arbitration or adjudication;

Profile of the Minister

Dr. Samura Kamara is a development economist with a strong foundation in diplomacy, macroeconomic, public finance, central banking and financial sector policy analyses and reforms. He holds a Masters’ Degree (1980) and PhD (1986) from the University College of North Wales, BANGOR. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone (1972).

Prior to his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Leone in December 2012, Dr. Kamara has previously served as the country’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development (2009-2012); Governor of the Central Bank of Sierra Leone (2008-2009); and Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (1994-1997 and 2001-2006). He served as Alternate Executive Director for Africa Group I Constituency in the International Monetary Fund (2006-2007). He worked in the Economic Affairs Department of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, first, as Senior Economics Officer (1991-1994) and second, as Chief Programme Officer (1998-2001).

Throughout his career, Dr. Kamara has also actively participated in wide-ranging high-level international conferences, seminars, workshops and courses in economic, fiscal and financial management, project management, regional economic integration, ICT, leadership, management skills and media training. He has acquired many years of experience in international economic cooperation, and partnership agreements with bilateral and multilateral development agencies.

Prior to this new assignment, Dr. Kamara provided a strong intellectual and managerial leadership in articulating Sierra Leone’s most successful development strategies: the Agenda for Change (2008 – 2012) and the Agenda for Prosperity (2013 – 2018).