Gifts

Business practices

When visiting a home in Sierra Leone, a small gift is appreciated. In rural areas, gifts of staple items, such as rice, can be appropriate.

Newcomers to the country -- not only businesspeople but also their families -- should be aware of the practice of bribery. It is fairly widespread, and can run the gamut from a very obvious shakedown by a traffic officer demands an on-the-spot fine for a questionable violation, to the encouragement of gifts that are meant to advance the goals of a business in exchange.

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