2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul
The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th IPRA conference in Turkey, at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th IPRA conference in Istanbul to serve a second term of two years.
By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola. Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit.
FREETOWN / NEW YORK, 18 May, 2016 – Mobile phones serving as digital “wallets” for payments to response workers proved an invaluable tool in Sierra Leone’s response to the Ebola crisis, according to a new study from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance.
With economic instability, natural disasters and political conflict now taking place at unprecedented rates, the new research offers valuable lessons on how to harness the power of technology to help emergency workers reach more people by paying them digitally during crises.The country has been Ebola free since January.
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communications has assured of his committed zest towards transforming the sector especially in the area of digital television, making clear, that when the country's public broadcaster- SLBC goes digital, it should be viewed as a development for the country and not for the President or himself as Minister.
Mohamed Bangura spoke on Friday 17th June, 2016, in Beijing, during a meeting with the Chairman of StarTimes Communication Network Technology, a company that had, earlier expressed the desire to invest its financial resources in Sierra Leone by providing Sierra Leoneans access to quality and affordable digital television.
According to Minister Bangura, Sierra Leone has been working towards digitalizing SLBC but faced with challenges among which the ebola outbreak, which he said, even prevented the country from meeting the 2015 deadline given by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the realization of digitalization of television broadcasting by Member States.
UNTIMELY DEATH OF SLPP SUPPORTER IN KENEMA: DID THE YOUTHS OF SIERRA LEONE LEARN GOOD LESSONS?
In as much I am always making a follow up with keen interest on the daily events of the country, especially social and political happenings, so I am also too concerned about the safety and security of the precious lives of my fellow Sierra Leoneans in and out of the country, especially those living in the country. The fact is, those living in the country are really living in a very pathetic situation, particularly because of the aftermaths of the 11years of brutal civil war and the recent Ebola Virus devastating effects in the country’s economy.
The senseless brutal war and the recent Ebola outbreak had destroyed the fabric of the country’s socio-economic development completely. Therefore, it is really too dishearten and painful, now that President Ernst Koroma and his APC government are fighting tooth and nail to improve the already battered economy, some enemies of peace, progress and development Sierra Leoneans are seemingly or deliberately still refusing to learn good lessons from such untold suffering periods in the country. Because of tribalism, regional interests, political hatred and hungry for political power at the detriment of the poor nation.
A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT – 42ND EDITION: RELIABLE ENERGY AND HUMAN RESOURCE BUILDING – BEDROCKS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Your Excellency Sir,
As my current contribution to nation building, I would not relent in presenting my views on issues pertinent to commoners’ interests and/or community/ national progress.
In this piece I will deliberate on the need for building reliable energy and human resource capacities as extremely crucial bedrocks for sustainable national development.
For any economy in this modern/industrial age to thrive and flourish, the needfor a nationally driven, functional and sustainable energy supply cannot be overemphasized. Industrialization and investment in Africa are tilting much from raw resource exploitation and exporting, to building secondary/tertiary industries in the various countries of exploitation and investment.This ensures adding value to our primary resources, as well as creating much needed employment in a country where youth unemployment is ever increasing. For example, Botswana has advanced their diamond mining industry from exporting the primary/raw material to where it is being cut, polished, exhibited and sold in Botswana – adding greater value to this commodity, as well as creating more employment opportunities in the country. This should be a queue for other African countries to take in all other areas of investments.
On Thursday evening, 23 June 2016, The Queen presented an award to the 2016 Queen’s Young Leader from Sierra Leone in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness Prince Harry attended the event in support of The Queen, which recognised exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are making lasting change in their communities.
Former Prime Minister and Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major, David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry were also in attendance.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prince Harry said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders award recognises what you have achieved, not for yourselves, but for your communities, for your peers, and for those less fortunate.
Sierra Leone - Renewable Energy: Three African Renewable Energy Projects Announced as Winners of the US$7million Access Co-Development Facility Prize
Three winners to share US$7million prize and deliver 100 MW of clean energy to 340, 000 homes
Record breaking participation – 96 entries spanning 25 countries across Africa
LONDON, United Kingdom, June 24, 2016/ -- Access Power (“Access”) (www.Access-Power.com), a developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects in emerging markets, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 US$7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF), a financial support mechanism for renewable energy projects in Africa.
Three projects from Nigeria, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone, fought off fierce competition from almost 100 entries to win a share of US$7million prize. The prize also includes a package of technical support designed to bring their renewable energy projects to life.
The Sierra Leone Parliamentary Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly has returned from Namibia, where they participated in meetings regarding the ACP-EU. The meetings were held at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek from the 8th-15th of this month.
Members of the Sierra Leone Delegation are Hon. Ibrahim R. Bundu-Chairman, Hon. Helen Kuyembeh-Member, Hon. Alpha B. Lewally-Member and Mohamed Koroma, secretary to delegation. The Sierra Leone Ambassador to the EU and the BENELUX, Hon. Ibrahim Sorie also joined the Delegation in Namibia.