The name Mahesh Nandwani has not only become a household name in Sierra Leone but also his companies are also currently serving as some of the breadbaskets to the national economy. His companies’ immense contribution to the national economy must have paved the way for his international recognition, as one of the most trusted investors that can be relied upon to partner with. It was against this backdrop that the South Korean Government has seen him as the fittest person to represent its country in Sierra Leone.

It was during a courtesy visit to the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer on Tuesday 18th October, the Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea to Sierra Leone, HE Kim Young Chae, introduced the Chief Executive Officer of Pee Cee and Sons, His Excellency Mahesh Nandwani, as the new Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Korea to Sierra Leone. 

The introduction took place at the New City Hall building in Freetown, where Ambassador Chae and his delegation were meeting with the Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyer, to discuss some issues which included the New City Hall building, which was funded by the government of the Republic of South Korea, the forthcoming 60th-anniversary celebrations of the diplomatic ties between South Korea and Sierra Leone among other things. 

Ambassador Chae was taken on a conducted tour of the building where the 60th-anniversary celebrations are to take place.

The new Honorary Consul of the Republic of South Korea to Sierra Leone, H.E. Mahesh Nandwani, is a renowned businessman of excellent standing in Sierra Leone and other countries whose innovation has helped many Sierra Leoneans.

H.E. Mahesh Nandwani is the owner and CEO of JOLAKS, Milla Group of Companies, and Pee Cee and Sons. As Honorary Consul, he is expected to deal with all consular services of the Republic of South Korea.

Ambassador Chae heaped praises on the new Honorary Consul, HE Mahesh Nandwani, whom he said will be an excellent representative of the Republic of South Korea in Sierra Leone

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Joseph Koroma, aSierra Leonean innovator has won the 12th edition of the Orange Social Venture Prize Competition held during the first World Mobile Congress (WMC) in Kigali, Rwanda for an innovative project known as Life Blood-Sierra Leone. 

Seventeen (17) countries where Orange Group is operating in both Africa and the Middle East participated in the 2022 edition of OSVP in which Orange (SL) finalists clinched the first international grand prize award.

Life Blood Sierra Leone is a digital health platform designed to address the problem of acute shortage of blood products in the country’s healthcare delivery system. The system is designed to, among other things increase public awareness about safe blood services, and increase the level of voluntary blood donation in the country with an improved facility to administer blood transfusion as well as the National Safe Blood Service.

Joseph Koroma is one of the eight finalists who contested in the National category general prize award of (Old Note) Le100,000, 000.00 in September this year. In an exclusive interview, Joseph said: “In my country, the mortality rate is high and the main factor is the limited availability of blood banks. So I am hoping that this project will address the problem of acute shortage of blood in the country’s health care system.” 

It must be underscored that at the national level, Orange Sierra Leone has been organizing the Orange Social Venture Prize (OSVP) competition. The 4th Edition was held on the 1st of September 2022 in which eight (8) finalists participated for a whooping sum of One Hundred and Fifty Million Leones (Le150M).

According to the Head of Public Relations at Orange SL, Annie Wonnie Katta, Orange is positioned to be the lead digital partner for startups in Africa and the Middle East. This is why Orange Middle East & Africa (OMEA) initiated OSVP some 12 years ago to reward the best technological projects with positive impact and solutions to social challenges mainly in the area of education, health, agriculture, mobile payments, or sustainable development in Africa and the Middle East.

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