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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
Business
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

ACC CAPACITATES SIERRA LEONE COMMERCIAL BANK STAFF ON ANTI-BRIBERY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION ISSUES

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on the request of the Management of the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank (SLCB) on Thursday 20th July, 2017 commenced anti- bribery and anti-corruption training with staff of the Bank.

The training which was held in the Bank's Conference Room 9th Floor, Christian Smith Building 29/31 Siaka Stevens Street, Freetown attracted over twenty members of the Executive Management.

Addressing colleagues, the Managing Director, SLCB, Idrissa Aloma Kamara disclosed that the Bank has integrated into the Bank's operations anti-corruption measures, such as the development of anti-corruption policy, anti-graft messages inscribed on Bank Statements and sensitization of staff on the dangers of corruption. With all these, the MD stated, it is the view of the Bank that the ACC which is the statutory body responsible for the campaign against corruption be brought in, to provide awareness training on anti-bribery issues for an efficient and effective banking system.

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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

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT

A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT:  44TH EDITION

REVIEWING THE JUNE 2017 ECOWAS SUMMIT
 Your Excellency Sir,
 It’s been six months since I subscribed to my usual publications of this piece. And this is primarily because I have been out of the country for the entire period, and as such would not normally objectively tender a subscription. I do apologize to my readers for this. So having being in Monrovia, Liberia for the recently concluded ECOWAS Summit, I would like to do some analysis on such a historic august body and gathering of this sub-Saharan/West African region.
 
In resume, among other crucial achievements, ECOWAS, through its military apparatus, ECOMOG, played very sacrificial and invaluable roles in bringing peace, security and democratic governance to both Sierra Leone and Liberia during their past civil wars, and most recently ensuring that the Gambian people’s democratic change of government from the notorious dictatorial twenty seven years regime of Yaya Jarmeh, to the current government of President Adama Barrow, through their tactical robust intervention, overseen by President Helen JohnsonSirleaf of Liberia and other ECOWAS Presidents/actors, was enforced. Furthermore, ECOWAS has also spearheaded the enactment of several socio-political, advocacy and economic treaties in the sub region.
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View Point

WHY SIERRA LEONEANS HATE PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT

Honestly speaking Sierra Leoneans are well known for their hospitality all over the world, especially in Africa. But ironically many of them hate each other. But they love foreigners. They have high respect for strangers. But unfortunately they do not have respect among themselves. You can attest this to what is happening in the social media. Where they are showing their pull him down (PhD) syndrome. By castigating their compatriots unnecessarily. Some of them just because of jealousy and envious evil spirit they possess. They prefer to promote foreigners than their own brothers and sisters both in and out of the country.

Day in day out they are insulting each other.They are using all sorts of vulgar languages against each other. And even their own highly respected president in the world, President Ernest Bai Koroma they are insulting him openly. Therefore, it is an open secret that many Sierra Leoneans are not well cultured.

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News - Press Release

Regent village head calls on LAB to tackle domestic violence

The village head for Regent, Ms. Jokomie Browne has called on the Legal Aid Board to help curb the increase in incidence of domestic violence in the Regent Community in the outskirts of the capital Freetown.

Ms. Browne wants the Board to hold outreach events in the village to educate the people on issues of law relating to domestic violence, gender, women’s rights, redress mechanisms and support services for victims.

‘We want to benefit from the Legal Aid Board’s Legal Empowerment Programme because there is an urgent need for one in the community,’ Ms. Browne told the Executive Director of the Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles on the phone. ‘The situation is desperate. I am afraid if you do not come in now the situation could spiral out of control.’

The call follows series of referral of victims of domestic violence to the Legal Aid Board office in Freetown. The latest victim sent to the Board is one Baindu who was battered by her boyfriend Borbor Abu in the presence of their one year old son.

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Society -Local News

China-Aid Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project hand over Agriculture Materials to the Ministry of Agriculture

On  21st July ,2017 at a handing over ceremony held at Ogoo Farm in Freetown, China-Aid Agricultural Technical Cooperation Project Team handed agricultural materials to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS). 

The items include seed rice, maize, agro chemicals, fertilizer, pesticides and power tillers for farmers within the western area district. Dignitaries present included The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Food security Prof. Monty Jones and his entourage ,  Mr Shen Xiaokai, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone, the District agricultural officer, the Chinese technical team, National federation of farmers Sierra Leone representative and lot of farmers in the western Area.

During his statement, Mr Shen said for over 40 years China has been fulfilling its commitment to Sierra Leone with regard the agricultural technical cooperation project.

He said China will continue to assist Sierra Leone in its developmental strides by providing technical support and assistance and by also providing training to help develop the human resource capacity of the workforce.

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Development

30 Staff of the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development will go China for Seminar on Economic Planning

Thirty (30) staff of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development will depart the shore of Freetown to China on 14th August 2017. The purpose of their trip is to attend a seminar on Medium and Long-Term Economic planning for Sierra Leone. The National Development and Reform Commission of China will organize the seminar from 16th August to 7th September 2017 in the capital city of Beijing, People’s Republic of China.

The Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, Mr. Shen Xiaokai met with the 30 participants at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MOFED) on 2rd August 2017. In his remarks he told the participants that in December 2016, His Excellency the President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Momodu Kargbo visited China, where they had high level bilateral meetings with Chinese Government Officials. 

He said this seminar is as a result of those meetings. “When China makes a commitment, China will fulfil it” he reiterated. He said The Ministry of Finance is one of the most important ministries in this country, therefore this seminar was designed specifically to meet the needs of the ministry.

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Politics

News from China, June 28th: Youth Affairs Minister addresses 2017 Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation in Capacity Development in Beijing, China
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Youth Affairs has said, the 2017 Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation in Capacity Development hosted by the Chinese government should help enhance the ties of friendship and foster the wheels of bilateral cooperation between the two nations and particularly strengthen cooperation in the field of human resource development.
 
Hon. Bai Mamoud Bangura spoke on Wednesday, 28th June, 2017, at the start of the week long Ministerial Workshop on International Cooperation, which has brought together participants from various countries, including eight (8) from Sierra Leone.
 
According to minister Bangura, in line with the spirit of friendship and cooperation, the event could serve as an opportunity to jointly define new strategic directions in Sierra Leone’s ties with China and in opening up another episode of friendship and cooperation between the two.
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