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Sierra Leone’s Trade Minister talks on his visit to China
Written by John Baimba Sesay-Beijing, China   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:06

The name Usman Boie Kamara is not new in Sierra Leone, especially with the framework of party politics. From being a former Mines Director, to a leading figure in the governing All Peoples Congress in Sierra Leone, Usman Boie Kamara has been a key player in that small West African state where he is at the moment serving as Trade and Industry Minister. With a daunting task of addressing street trading, and ensuring more industries into the country, Minister Kamara has seen all of these as refreshing experiences.

Politically, he helped in destabilizing the main opposition SLPP by taking votes from them to the APC when he was denied the party leadership and thus joined the APC. His coming to the APC was seen by many as the right decision he made, given his commitment to seeing Sierra Leone’s growth. Known by many as a respected, quite, hardworking but unassuming statesman, Usman Boie Kamara was in the People’s Republic of China on an official function all gearing towards supporting his country’s drive to prosperity, as contained in the document being used by the country’s President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma to administer and direct the affairs of the state, the Agenda for Prosperity’.

In this interview, I caught up with him in his hotel room few hours prior to his departure for Sierra Leone. He spoke on a range of issues; from his visit to China; his activities so far as Trade Minister; the issue of street trading and price control since he assumed that office few months ago, and plans on developing Sierra Leone’s local content policy. This was how it all went:

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Confucius Institute Summer Camp Program Launched in Chinese Embassy
Written by Credit: Chinese Embassy in Freetown   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 18:01

On July 9, the Confucius Institute Summer Camp Program 2013 for Fourah Bay College Secondary School was formally launched in Chinese Embassy. Present at the ceremony were Chinese ambassador H. E. Mr. KUANG Weilin, local director of the Confucius Institute Mr. Kenneth Osho, director of the Confucius Institute Prof. Liu Hande, as well as some parents and the 20 students who will go to China for the Summer Camp Program.

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The Transparency International Nonsense About Sierra Leone: When Will These Organizations Leave Us Alone With Their Flawed Polls And For-Profit Lies?
Written by KABS KANU   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:21

Just when you want to think that Transparency International should be taken seriously after previous flawed studies and polls , then this . How can a whole organization that wants to be looked at as credible base their conclusions on the small number of people who said they paid a bribe to a public body in the last year ? How many times must it also be drummed home to these organizations that in these guided polls, people often lie, exaggerate or even deliberately misinform , depending on their state of mind at the time ?

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Sierra Leonean PhD. Candidate excels in Risk China Congress 2013
Written by John Baimba Sesay-IA, PR China   
Monday, 08 July 2013 08:48

A sierra Leonean PhD candidate in Industrial Economics at the Liaoning University school of International Business & Economics, Shenyang City, People’s Republic of China Allieu Badara Kabia has excelled in the 2013 Risk China Congress. The Risk China Congress held on the theme “Reforming risk management under the new governance” was timed to address key issues and identify trends in China’s risk management space.

Held on the 26th of June, 2013, at the Westin Beijing Financial Street, Beijing, the conference provided excellent opportunities for industry players to exchange ideas and share best practices.

The programme brought together international and local speakers to discuss the lessons learned by global practitioners and how they can be applied to local settings.

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The Saudi Arabian Prince’s Donation Must Be Laid To Rest Now
Written by Alhaji M.B. Jalloh, Press Attaché, Saudi Arabia   
Monday, 08 July 2013 08:40

Following the visit of Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al - Saud to Sierra Leone on Monday 10th June, 2013, I called Hon. Alhaji Alpha Sahid Bakar Kanu, the Minister of Information and Communications, who also doubles as Official Government Spokesman, to know how successful the visit was.

In my interview with him, he explained vividly about Prince Al-Waleed’s visit to Sierra Leone.  Amongst other things, Hon Alpha Kanu explained about his impression with the Prince’s philanthropy because of the donation made towards two of President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma’s programmes in the ‘Agenda for Prosperity’ – the Free Health Care Initiative and Youth Empowerment – which I decided to present in a question and answer format. The Official Government Spokesman simply answered my questions without me interpreting or analyzing the responses, to give readers an unambiguous picture of his views on the Prince’s visit to Sierra Leone.

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Editorial

26th IPRA Conference in Sierra Leone Ends on a High Note

The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) successfully held its 26th General Conference on ‘Agenda for Peace and Development: Conflict Prevention, Post-Conflict Transformation, and the Conflict, Disaster Risk and Sustainable Development Debate’ in collaboration with the 10TH Dealing With Disasters Series, Northumbria University (UK)and Sakarya University (Turkey) and  the University of  Sierra Leone at the Bintumani Conference Centre in Freetown, Sierra Leone from November 27 to 1st December 2016.

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Business News

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.

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Media News

Two veteran Journalists, now in the United States have paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Ambassador

Two very respected and veteran Journalists who are in the United States of America for various reasons have called on Sierra Leone’s Amr. Bockari Kortu Stevens not only to appreciate the work of the Embassy, but also to pay courtesy as protocol demands.

Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson, former Lecturer Fourah Bay College, former Director of Information Ministry of Information and Communications, Former Director Sierra Leone News Agency (SLENA), Former Chairman Independent Media Commission (IMC) and stringer French News Agency  etc. is on vacation and Mr. Cyril Juxon Smith Director Information and Communications House of Parliament, former Acting Director General Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) and former UNESCO Media Consultant  is in the United States of America to attend the funeral of his father.

Speaking at the Ambassador’s residence on 4821 Colorado Avenue, Washington DC  Mr. Rod Mac-Johnson said “Thank  you Amr. Stevens for accommodating us in the middle of your tight schedule, and also to discuss with us in a homely spirit.

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Commentary

Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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View Point

The APC Convention: A political façade, if not a joke!

Thanks to AYV partnered by AFCOM, I was able to followthe live coverage of the APC and SLPP conventions on my mobile phone from my base in the UK.It was good that both conventions took place simultaneously last week end (October 15-16, 2017) because, at the very least, it provided the opportunity to those keenly following the two historic events to compare and contrast them, not least in terms of democratic processes and procedures. Let me start by talking about how I saw the APC convention held in Makeni, then compare,and contrast it with what I saw at the SLPP convention held in Freetown.

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News - Press Release

EU Election Exploratory Mission meets Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

(MFAIC Press Office, 18th October, 2017). The European Union Election Exploratory Mission to Sierra Leone led by Head of European Union Delegation to Sierra Leone, H.E. Tom Vens has paid a working visit to the Minister, Dr. Samura M.W. Kamara and Senior Management Staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the Ministry’s office in Tower Hill, Freetown.

Ambassador Tom Vens stated that the EU Election Exploratory Mission is in Sierra Leone following an invitation by the Government of Sierra Leone for EU Electoral assistance, and to further discuss the role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in facilitating EU Observer Mission for the March 2018 elections in the country. The EU Election Exploratory Missionas part of its mandate is in the country to draft and finalise the MOU with the Government of Sierra Leone through the Foreign Ministry.

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Society -Local News

Abdul Nahim-Koroma's Life Is In Danger

Members of the Sierra Leone Drug Addiction Council are seriously concern about the life of Abdul Nahim-Koroma who disappeared March this year and his where about is still unknown.

According to sources, Mr. Nahim-Koroma’s problem started since 2011 when he put up resistance and went further to stop his family not to initiate his two daughters Rabiatu and Aliyah Nahim-Koroma into the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) locally called bondo society in Sierra Leone.

A family member told this medium that since 2011 to date Abdul Nahim-Koroma’s life as well as his family members are in constant threats.

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Development

U.S. Ambassador launches National Early Warning Systems Project, funded by USAID

On Wednesday, October 18, U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Maria E. Brewer, announced the official launch of the USAID West Africa-funded “Mitigating Election Violence through National Early Warning Systems” (NEWS) project and the inauguration of the National Elections Response Group in Sierra Leone.

Supported by $500,000 from USAID, NEWS is implemented by the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) in Sierra Leone. The focus is to monitor and identify potential electoral violence triggers and assist government and non-government organizations in Sierra Leone to better mitigate them.
The National Elections Response Group (NERG) is a partnership under the NEWS project, between WANEP, the Inter-Religious Council, the Campaign for Good Governance, government stakeholders, representatives from the National Electoral Commission, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Office of National Security (ONS) and a number of civil society organizations.

The primary objective of the National Elections Response Group (NERG) is to monitor the elections environment, develop, and recommend strategies and actions to relevant stakeholders with authority to implement necessary response actions to prevent escalation of tensions or incidence of violence for a peaceful 2018 election. Members of the NERG will work closely with WANEP, the Integrated Election Security Planning Committee under the ONS, Provincial and District Election Security Committees – PROSEC and DISEC with an extensive network of civil society organizations and with 60 community monitors across the country to identify potential risks of electoral violence.

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Politics

PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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