Bartlett said Major Walker served initially with the JDF before he was seconded to IMPACS and eventually assisted in the transformation of the Sierra Leone military.
He said that safety, security and seamlessness form part of the promise that the ministry has made to the tourism market, in response to the challenges created by recent reports of breaches of the industry's safety and security measures to protect vacationers.
“We have to ensure that there is no second-guessing of the quality of that promise and, therefore, we are building out a strong safety and security framework, with a team that is qualified and competent as a sure way of securing that promise,” the minister said.
“We want the world to know that we are not just aware of the problem, but we are doing something about it, and what we want to do about it, and are in fact doing about it, is to eliminate the problem over time,” he added.
Bartlett also made note of the contribution to the security audit, which formed the basis for the decision to appoint a security director for the industry, from Dr Peter Tarlow, an international tourism security expert who also attended the briefing.
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