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Brussels Airlines organises exploratory trade mission to Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 January 2016 12:52

Brussels/Freetown 15 January 2016 - In close cooperation with the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pieter De Crem and with the Chamber of Commerce CBL-ACP, Brussels Airlines is organising an exploratory trade mission to Sierra Leone next week. Together with the Belgian government and Belgian companies, Brussels Airlines is keen to support the rebuilding of the country that had suffered from the Ebola crisis and to discuss cooperation opportunities.

Over the last two years, Sierra Leone had been severely affected by the Ebola crisis. Not only did it claim thousands of lives, businesses in both countries also suffered. Business travellers and investors stayed away, the output of (agricultural) goods fell and major infrastructure projects were put on hold. Despite the extremely tough operating conditions, Brussels Airlines remained as the sole European airline connecting the country to Europe and the rest of the world. The flights served as a major supply line for the country that was largely isolated.

Now that Sierra Leone has been declared Ebola-free, Brussels Airlines is keen to also play an active role in the much needed economic and social revival of the country. Last summer, flight frequencies to Freetown had already been increased from two to four times weekly. By organising an exploratory trade mission, Brussels Airlines has now also widened the opportunity for an expansion of trade relations and cooperation with Belgium.

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Sella Limba Bloodshed.... MIACCO TAKES RESPONSIBILITY TO PRODUCE PERPETRATORS PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 22:12

The Local Unit Commander of Kamakwie Town, Northern Sierra Leone has revealed to this medium that the Presiding Magistrate in Bombali District has authorized Warrant of Arrests for seventeen (17) people who violently attacked innocent locals and further vandalized equipment of one Exploration company called AMR Gold.

LUC Francis T. Koroma further disclosed that a group called MIACCO has taken fully responsibility to produce their members who were involved in perpetrating the said violence in Kamasotha village where AMR Gold is currently operating.

He told this medium via mobile phone that: “After reports from the locals that MIACCO hired thugs to beat them up and burn down houses in their community, a Warrant of Arrest was prepared and authorized for those who ran away. Some were arrested and released on bail. Seventeen (17) ran away from justice but MIACCO leadership has vowed to produce them today at the Makeni police station.

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NRA Collects Le31Billion Leones This Week PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 04 December 2015 18:13

Corporate Affairs of the National Revenue Authority(NRA) Mohamed Bangura has said that they have collected an additional 31 billion Leones  in  this week’s operation from unpaid taxes and customs dues. He added that they have already collected over 50 billion Leones in two weeks on the operations.  According to him, the IMF target is 2.079 trillion for 2015.

He reiterated that the Authority will meet their target.Corporate Affairs of the National Revenue Authority(NRA) Mohamed Bangura has said that they have collected an additional 31 billion Leones  in  this week’s operation from unpaid taxes and customs dues.

He added that they have already collected over 50 billion Leones in two weeks on the operations.  According to him, the IMF target is 2.079 trillion for 2015. He reiterated that the Authority will meet their target.

 
“Salone Mobile Tariffs Too High” –World Bank Boss PDF Print E-mail
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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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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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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

PARLIAMENT RATIFIES TWO AGREEMENTS TO IMPROVE ON PORTS FACILITIES

The Parliament of Sierra Leone on Monday 04th December 2017 debated and ratified two additional agreements aimed at improving and expanding Ports facilities in Sierra Leone to be at par with international best practices.

Presenting both Agreements prior to ratification, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, Balogun Koroma said that the additional Agreements are geared towards addressing some of the concerns raised by MPs, in respect of expanding our Ports facilities to accommodate larger vessels, and the issuance of license with the view of combating money laundering, contra-band goods, and attracting more funds for Government.

Hon. Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Minority Leader of the House, also supported the ratification of the two Agreements, saying if our Ports are not developed, we would not be able to attract huge vessels; thus the need for the continuous improvement of our Ports facilities.

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Media News

"President Koroma is a big disappointment to press freedom" - SLAJ

Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ), Ahmed Sahid Nasralla, has said that President Ernest Bai Koroma has disappointed the media on press freedom in the country. 

“Successive governments have given us false hopes on the repeal of the criminal libel law. The politicians have lied to us. They have taken us to be big fools. President Koroma is our biggest disappointment. We had high hopes in him but he failed us woefully. So we will not trust any politician again, because when they get into office they forget about their promises,” said Nasralla.
 
Nasralla was speaking last Friday while formally launching a report on criminal defamation laws in Africa by PEN Sierra Leone at the SLAJ Harry Yansaneh Memorial Hall, Campbell Street, Freetown. 
 
He recalled that before he was first elected President of the Republic in 2007, President Koroma was a staunch campaigner against criminal libel law in Sierra Leone, but when he became President he suddenly had a different view.
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Commentary

Reasons why Sierra Leoneans Must Think beyond Tribal and Regional Lines Before Casting their Ballots This Time

As the national or general elections loom in Sierra Leone and, as a true citizen, I solemnly pray and hope with all hopes that Sierra Leoneans of the voting age will consider carefully who they would vote for, come March 2018. The divisive and immature nature of politics as it exists in Sierra Leone has, to a greater extent, contributed to the country lagging behind nearly all other countries in terms of progressive development. My readers should be mindful of the fact that certain countries in Africa would rather develop retrogressively than progressively, a situation wherein governments embark on ego-boosting programs that aren’t beneficial to the average citizen.

A government which expends its energy for the benefit of the people is a progressive government and that is what Sierra Leoneans want at this time after being in the doldrums for ages. It is therefore absolutely necessary for fellow citizens to refrain from casting their valued votes in favor of candidates because of tribal or regional affiliations but on how genuine and capable that candidate is, otherwise stagnation in progress is bound to follow.

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View Point

Youth Unemployment Is A Killer Virus In Sierra Leone

“I studied Sociology at NjalaUniversity and graduated in 2015 but still unemployed despite several interviews being attended. I am currently awaiting my MSc at Njala University which is to be awarded early next year,” said 29 year old MabintyKamara.

“I graduated in 2012 with Honours from the Department of Accounting, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I have sent several job applications; the only long job I got was with the International Medical Corps during the deadly Ebola virus and since then no job. I was also a volunteer teacher but the Minister of Education, Science and Technology did not approve me and others after almost a year of voluntary service so I quit,” said 31 year old Mohamed LaminKanneh.

In Sierra Leone, despite the numerous promises made by President Ernest BaiKoroma to figuratively ‘lay his life for the youth,’ unemployment among youth is one of the highest with no end in sight to reduce the spate of this social menace. According to the United Nations Development Program, approximately 70% of youth are underemployed or unemployed and an estimated 800,000 youth today are actively searching for employment.

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News - Press Release

Sierra Leone receives US$10 Million Supplemental Financing from World Bank as support to Landslide and Flooding

FREETOWN, December 13, 2017 —The World Bank Group has approved aSupplemental Financing (SF) in the amount of US$10 million to help the Government of Sierra Leone meet immediate needs associated with the landslide and flooding disaster that struck Freetown on August 14, 2017.The SF is a grant, provided as a supplemental budget support operation that will flow directly into the Government’s budget.

The funding, under the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), will ensure that the reforms supported under thisoperation remain on track and are implemented without the risk of delays due to competing capacity or budgetary priorities arising from the post-disaster recovery. It will also help with the rebuilding of critical infrastructuredestroyed during the landslide and flooding.

Since the end of the Ebola epidemic, the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) has initiated substantive reforms to boost productivity, restore fiscal stability, and gradually rebuild buffers. The Government initiated substantive reforms, focusing on agriculture, fisheries and energy, supported by the First Productivity and Transparency Support Credit (PTSC-I), to boost productivity and start rebuilding the country's buffers.

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Society -Local News

John Baimba Sesay: The Diplomat who Deserves Parliamentary Representation

John Baimba Sesay is a native of Kapethe Village, Safroko Limba Chiefdom, with chiefdom headquarter town of Binkolo, in Constituency 034, Bombali District. The Constituency covers Safroko Limba and Pakimasabong Chiefdoms in the same district.

Born in the early 1980’s, he holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) Mass Communication, with Hons, 2004-2008 from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He also holds a post graduate Master of Arts (MA), Mass Communication (2009- June 2010) degree from the same university.

John Baimba is my colleague based in Beijing. Having worked for a number of daily newspapers, including, Independent Observer, For Di People and Awoko, he has a wealth of experience in journalism.

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Development

World Bank Group Boosts Financing for West African Power Pool Regional Power Transmission Project

FREETOWN, December13, 2017 —The World Bank Group on November 17, 2017 approved Additional Financing in the amount of US$59.57 million to West African Power Pool (WAPP) - Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) PowerInterconnection Project, which aims to increase electricity supply in the four participating countries.

The project will interconnect the four participating countries into the 225 kV (kilo volt) regional energy market in West Africa, and will also enable the connection to the WAPP of the planned hydropower plants in Bumbuna Extension, Yiben and Bekongor in Sierra Leone and Mount Coffee in Liberia and other future generation projects.

The Project will provide residents of Greater Monrovia Area in Liberia; Bo, Kenema and the Western Areas in Sierra Leone; and the Forest Region of Guinea, with improvements in power supplies in the short-term. It also pursues a regional infrastructure developmental approach that will provide over the medium- to long-term adequate electricity to the people of the four countries in a more efficient and cost effective way, boosting economic and social development.

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Politics

It will not be Business as Usual…Bio assures Diaspora

He was passionate, confident and assuring as he addressed hundreds of Sierra Leoneans at the prestigious Royal Regency Hall in London on Saturday 9th December 2017 with a very simple message that as the next President it will not be business as usual. For a man who has a solid track record as a disciplinarian, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio continues to attract many voters who feel the country needs a strong and disciplined leadership.

Cataloguing the current state of the country, Bio spoke about a divided country, the poor drowning in poverty, rich swimming in affluence, poor governance, battered economy, high public debt, third hungriest country, high inflation among others . He also reminded his audience that many of the things which necessitated the war such as bad governance, mismanagement of the economy, injustice have been the features of the current APC Government.

However, Bio's message was not just about the doom and gloom but also making a case why he is the right choice that the country needs. He spoke about his track record, experience and how he has always put his country first. "Some have come with slogan, country first, but I served my country first at a very tender age. I did not go around the world to work and come back old to say country first. When I was young I gave my life to our country," a passionate Bio said.

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