President Koroma, who was on a working visit
to Belgium, called on the Belgian Prime Minister to do what he could to make sure diamonds entering his country have what is known as a Kimberley certificate, a reference to the Kimberley process
that tried to end entry to the world market by what had been labelled "Blood Diamonds." The Belgian Prime Minister has promised to look into the diamond and other issues raised by the Sierra Leonean leader.
Sierra Leone, very rich in diamonds and other minerals still remains one of the poorest countries in the world due to massive smuggling of its diamonds by mostly Western businessmen. The city of Antwerp
, in Belgium, the world famous diamond market regularly handles diamonds from Sierra Leone and other African countries.
During his visit president Koroma also used the opportunity to meet with top officials of the European Commission. The EC is one of Sierra Leone's largest donors providing funds for almost anything including the conduct of elections. The next presidential and parliamentary elections in Sierra Leone will be in 2012.