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“Salone Mobile Tariffs Too High” –World Bank Boss PDF Print E-mail
Business
Written by W.W. Legend - +23278369366 atmedia2015@gmail.com   
Monday, 16 November 2015 10:50

New World Bank Country Manager for Sierra Leone, Mr. Pamindar Brer, on Friday 13 November expressed frustration regarding the high cost of mobile tariffs, even when the country has moved from satellite to fibre optic.

Speaking to a cross section of newspaper editors, many issues were discussed on which the Bank is currently engaged in as its support to the Government and people of Sierra Leone, whom he praised for their resilience during the ebola crisis.

He said USD126 million has been provided by the World bank to Sierra Leone to help in its post ebola recovery – an amount that should be mainly used to strengthen the health sector.

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PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP UNIT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by press statement   
Friday, 13 November 2015 13:05

STATEMENT AT THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP UNIT, (PPP's AS A VEHICLE FOR THE DELIVERY OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE ASSETS AND SERVICES IN SIERRA LEONE) BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE, DR ERNEST BAI KOROMA THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2015 AT MIATTA CONFERENCE CENTRE

Mr Chairman,

Hon Vice President,

Ministers of Government,

Members of Parliament,

Members of the Diplomatic and Consular corps,

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen

Let me start by once again thanking you for your resilience and support toward ending the Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone. We were able to defeat Ebola because we formed great partnerships - partnerships between Sierra Leoneans and internationals, partnerships between the central government and communities, partnerships between the public sector, the private sector and the NGO world. Today, as we moved on to implement our Post Ebola Recovery Programme, we are strengthening public private sector partnership to ensure success. I have long worked towards this partnership. Coming from the private sector, and becoming chief executive officer of Sierra Leone’s public sector, I firmly belief that public private sector partnerships will be very effective in delivering our programmes.

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AMR Gold Launches Sanda Loko Artisanal Mining Cooperative PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Elkass Sannoh I.   
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:03

In a bid to properly regulate and manage artisanal mining, as required by the Mines and Minerals Act 2009, the landowners of Sanda Loko Chiefdom and AMR Gold, in close cooperation with the NMA, have on Friday 23 November 2015 launched the Sanda Loko Cooperative Mining Society.

The launch, which brought over four hundred community people together, was witnessed by Mines Monitoring Officers, Sierra Leone Police, Civil Society monitoring groups, journalists and other Chiefdom stakeholders.

Addressing the Landowners and other stakeholders in Kindia Section, Sanda Loko Chiefdom, Bombali District, the Paramount Chief of Sanda Loko Chiefdom Samura Fombo III, commended AMR Gold management for what he described as a “laudable concept to rebrand the mining sector for sustainable development.”

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Finance minister presents the 2016 Budget in Parliament PDF Print E-mail
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Written by slena   
Saturday, 07 November 2015 21:55

Freetown, November 7 (SLENA) - The Appropriation Act, 2016, being an Act to authorize expenditure from the Consolidated Fund for the services of Sierra Leone for the year 2016 has been “Read The First Time” in the Parliament of Sierra Leone on the 06th November 2015.

The 2016 Budget was read and presented by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah.

The Act contains its schedule to the total sum of three trillion nine hundred and thirty eight billion four hundred and sixty one million eight hundred and twenty thousand Leones (3,938,461,822,000), being funds necessary to meet the expenditure to carry on the services of the Government. These funds have been granted to His Excellency, the President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma for the purposes set forth in its Schedule. “The Act shall be deemed to have come into operation on the 1st day of January 2016”.

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SLIEPA, MTI Woo Indian Investors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jarrah Kawusu-Konte   
Saturday, 31 October 2015 22:01

At the Le Meridian Hotel in New Delhi, India, the CEO of SLIEPA, Raymond Kai Gbekie engages potential Indian Investors on Investment Opportunities in Sierra Leone.

The Sierra Leone desk was very busy all day during the B2B meetings as high quality and very serious Investors could not stop coming and asking questions as to how to invest in Sierra Leone, processes and procedures. The Deputy secretary of the Minstry of Trade and Industry Mr Gilbert Cooper was also on the floor to give a supporting hand to the CEO of SLIEPA.

This is a clear show of confidence in the Ernest Bai Koroma led Government and appreciation of the recent business friendly reforms rolled out.
Companies that were recorded range from major Agri-business companies, Health, Infrastructure, Health, Energy, Trading and
Manufacturing companies.

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Editorial

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.

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Business News

Why Parastatals should be Socially Responsible: the Case of NRA

In Sierra Leone, the notion of corporate social responsibility has always been associated with the private sector. No wonder some people see the active involvement of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in corporate social activities as strange, and many have opined that a tax collecting body should not be engaged in corporate social responsibility activities.

However, the impact of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on corporate image is immense, even for tax collecting bodies. The perception that tax collectors are monsters vigorously bent on collecting people's earnings with no care for the environment or the vulnerable in the community they operate is evolving. Indeed, many revenue authorities in Africa are today socially responsible.

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) in an article in its website argues that "the nature of Revenue Collectors' mandate makes them the hill of the nation such that whatever they do is mirrored and echoed by many".

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Media News

Press Freedom under Siege in West Africa: 30 Media Workers Arrested in 38 Days

The 30 victims, made up of 15 journalists and 15 media technicians, were arrested, detained and/or assaulted in 10 separate incidents in four countries namely Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Togo. Nigeria recorded six incidents, Cote d’Ivoire recorded two incidents while Guinea and Togo recorded an incident each.

In Nigeria, seven journalists were arrested and detained during the period. In Cote d’Ivoire, six journalists were arrested and detained in a single incident while one journalist each was affected in Guinea and Togo, bringing the total number of journalists affected to 15. In respect of the other media workers, nine staff of a newspaper printing firm were arrested in single incident. In Cote d’Ivoire, six technicians working with the state-owned television station were also arrested in a single incident.

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Commentary

Dr. David Tam-Baryoh: A New Broom in Sierra Leone Politics

Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is a household name in Sierra Leone, mostly because of his“Good Governance” popular radio programme called monologue. In fact the programme has become sopopular that most people prefer to call the presenter “Mr. Monologue”. Recently Mr. Monologue said in two or three of his programmes that he would be going intopolitics. It looked like a joke the first time he said it. But after saying it over threeor four times it is no longer a joke.

So Dr. David Tam-Baryoh is going into politics in 2018. Those who are very closeto him will tell you that this is a fact. The Doctor has made up his mind. Afterdiscussing and editing serious national issues on newspaper pages and on the airwaves for almost twenty five years, hehas decided that he cannot achieve much for the people behind the microphone and the pen. He now wants toengage into something that will make a direct impact on the lives of Sierra Leoneans.

And the Doctor thinks politics is the best way to do this, if we look at politics as“the authoritative allocation of scarce resources within a nation state.” He wants tobe part of the allocation of Sierra Leone’s scarce resources.

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View Point

Precious Minerals, Public Trust and Government’s Openness

By late 2001, the Anti Corruption Commission arrested then Sierra Leone's  transport and communications minister, together with his wife, “for involvement in illegal diamond mining” in Kenema district.  Large quantum of illicit diamonds had been found in their possession, according to a BBC report at the time.

With some diamonds said to have been smuggled out of the country by the minister, the incident happened at a time when the rebel war was raging and the key perpetrators- the RUF were also seriously involved in illicit mining and smuggling. The minister was later jailed in 2003 for two years for illegal possession of diamonds.

Amongst other factors, Sierra Leone’s civil war was fuelled mainly by diamond, specifically “conflict diamonds”- those diamonds that originated from territories controlled by rebel forces (UN definition).

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News - Press Release

LAB resolves dispute over property in Kissy

The Legal Aid Board’s Alternative Dispute Resolution on Tuesday, 7 March 2017 resolved a long standing dispute in respect of a property on Newcastle Street, in Kissy, Freetown between one Mr. Solomon Samba Mansaray and his seventy-seven year old elder sister Madam Marian Kamara who is in the country on holiday from the United States of America.

The two who had not been on speaking terms were reconciled. Both promised to work together in the interest of peace in the family. In this vein, Madam Marian Kamara agreed to cancel a U$ 400 debt owed by Mr. Mansaray. 

While the tension between the two had been lingering several years,Mr. Mansaray decided to report the matter to the Board in Freetown when he got information that Madam Marian Kamara was planning to sell theproperty.   The owner of the property who is the sister of both parties had died over a decade ago without leaving a will.

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Society -Local News

LAB secures discharge of ‘violent’ youth

As the Legal Aid Board prepares to provide legal assistance to indigents and children engaged in election related violence, it has successfully secured the discharge of a twenty-five old from Wilberforce in the West of Freetown charged with violence.

The Legal Aid Defence Counsel Hadiru Daboh secured the discharge after drawing the court’s attention to the failure of the complainant to attend court sittings for seven consecutive adjournments. What’s more, the complainant has not furnished the court with any reasons for his absence. Magistrate I.S. Bangura agreed with the Defence Counsel and discharged the matter. He noted that discharge would not stop the prosecution from reinstating the matter in future.

The accused, Alpha Kanuwho plied his trade as driver and apprentice at the Wilberforce lorry park got involved in a fight with his boss Michael Aruna in February 2017. He was arrested and taken to the Congo Cross Police station following a complaint by his boss. According to Alpha Kanu, his injuries were ignored by the police even though they were more serious. He spent fifteen days at the Congo police station before the matter was charged to court.

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Development

U.S. Africa Command Launches a 33-Nation Maritime Exercise: Sierra Leone Maritime “Full Speed Ahead”

During March 23-31, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) issponsoring “Obangame Express”, an in-port Command Post exerciseand at-sea maritime exercise designed to enhance maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea.The exercise includes 33 partner nations, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS). 

The exercise is designed to improve cooperation andinformation sharing, and to refine tactics, techniques and procedures among participating nations.

The “Obangame Express”exercise will be based on realistic modern-day scenarios such as piracy, illegal fishing and hijacking.  During the exercise,Maritime Operations Centers (MOCs) will be challenged to recognize illicit acts and share trackinginformation with other MOCs throughout the region.

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Politics

Ansumana Usman Koroma Urges Sierra Leoneans To Support the Registration Process

The winner of the Pride of Australia Award, Ansumana Usman Koroma popularly known as AUK has called on all Sierra Leoneans within and outside Sierra Leone to support and fully participate in both the ongoing voter registration that has started March 20 to end April 19 2017 and the forthcoming nationwide civil registration process slated April 24 to June 11 2017.

AUK who is a Political and Policy Analyst working in Australia said the mass registration of every citizen is a very important process in the development agenda of the country. He therefore appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to put politics aside and understand that the process would help government consolidate citizens’ data and enhance effective service delivery and improve monitoring of government programmes and policies.

He stressed that the national civil registration authority is created to promote a greater sense of nationalism and common identity.

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