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SLIEPA, MTI Woo Indian Investors PDF Print E-mail
Business
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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Finance ministry set to roll out IFMIS PDF Print E-mail
Business
Written by Hawanatu Bockari (PFMICP IEC)   
Friday, 23 October 2015 09:55

Freetown, Oct. 22 9SLENA) - A joint monitoring team of the Accountant General’s Department, Public Financial Management Improvement and Consolidation(PFMICP),Public Financial Management Reform Project, (PFMRU) and the Information Communication Technology Department of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development on Wednesday 21st October conducted inspection of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) Local Area Network (LAN) for the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) roll out which is scheduled for  November 2015.

The significance of the inspection exercise is for the team to verify whether the work done by the service provider, M&S Holdings has been completed and meets the team's specifications.

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AMR Gold To Employ Over 750 Sierra Leoneans PDF Print E-mail
Business
Written by Expotimes   
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 12:12

The Chief Admin and Finance of AMR Gold-Mohamed Sultan Daffae has disclosed that his company is planning to provide jobs for more than seven hundred and fifty Sierra Leoneans from both skilled and unskilled labour.

Mr. Daffae was speaking on Friday, 25th September, 2015 at the Kamakwie Court Barry, Lusania Street, Kamakwie Town where AMR Gold was donating 400 desk and chairs to 8 primary schools in Sella Limba Chiefdom, Bombali District.

In a very overjoyed mood, the Councillor of Ward 111 Constituency 36-Amara Foday Yansaneh said AMR Gold management has never ceased to amaze the people of Sella Limba Chiefdom, noting that the donation is to help contribute to the development of education not only in his Ward but to ensure that Sierra Leone achieve universal primary education for sustainable development.

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President Koroma Assures Income Tax Appellate Board PDF Print E-mail
Business
Written by State House Communications Unit   
Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:29

President Ernest Bai Koroma Tuesday 15th September 2015 assured the Chairman and Commissioners of the Income Tax Appellate Board of government’s continued support to ensure that work plan that has been set aside by the board is fully implemented. The President gave the assurance during a courtesy call on him by the Chairman James Momodu Fornah-Sesay and staff of the Board.

Congratulating the newly appointed Chairman, President Koroma said that the Board is coming in with a momentum that has already been shown by the Public Relations Office of the Board, through its outreach and communications campaign efforts.

He encouraged the Chairman and team to sustain the momentum by keeping the public abreast about the works of the Board and its role in the development index of the country, so that it will be remembered that it was during their tenure that the Income Tax Appellate Board became functional.

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Despite Challenges, Sub-Saharan Africa Continues to Remove Barriers to Women’s Advancement: WBG report PDF Print E-mail
Business
Written by press statement   
Thursday, 10 September 2015 07:21

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2015 –Sub-Saharan Africa is a study in contrasts when it comes to women’s economic advancement, says the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law2016report, released today.

The region hosts almost a third of the world’s 30 most restrictive economies and two of 18 economies where there are no legal barriers to women’s entrepreneurship and employment, as measured by the report.

And the region continues to make progress towards gender equality, with 16 economies making 18 reforms in the past two years. Sub-Saharan Africa was the greatest reformer amongst all regions of the world, in terms of number of economies undertaking reforms, says the biennial report, which examines legal and regulatory barriers to women’s ability to get a job and start a business. The latest edition covers 173 economies across the globe, including 41 in Sub-Saharan Africa, adding Equatorial Guinea; São Tomé and Príncipe; Seychelles; South Sudan; and Swaziland from the region.

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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

Four illegal fishing cases found in Sierra Leone in four days

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, April 20, 2017/ -- Four illegal fishing cases have been found during a joint surveillance mission conducted by Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org/Africa/en) and Sierra Leone fishery authorities. Two Chinese vessels and one Korean vessel have been arrested for infringements of Sierra Leone fishing legislation, including possessing or using illegal fishing nets on board, no visible marking and a lack of required paperwork, including log books and authorisation for unloading catch. Fishing authorities ordered the vessels to return to Freetown port for further investigation. A fourth vessel, owned by an Italian company, was found with four kilograms of shark fins on board. Though not illegal under Sierra Leonean laws, this is a clear violation of European Union (EU) fishing rules. This boat’s case will be taken further with relevant EU authorities.

In addition, more than 70 bags of shark carcasses were found on one of the Chinese vessels.

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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

A NEW DAWN FOR JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN SIERRA LEONE, PARLIAMENT APPROVES MELRON NICOL-WILSON AS NEW OMBUDSMAN

The Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone has overwhelmingly approved the appointment of Mr Melron Nicol-Wilson as new Ombudsman, on Tuesday April 11, 2017. This follows him being named by H.E President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma as the replacement to Justice Edmond Cowan - a long-standing legal icon, who now chairs the Sierra Leone Constitutional Review Committee.

A man whose action speaks louder than words, Mr Nicol-Wilson has been appointed as new Ombudsman for Sierra Leone, a position reserved for high-profile people, who are well-respected and with unblemished character. Mr Nicol-Wilson has the typical pedigree of an Ombudsman, best known both in Sierra Leone and internationally as a champion for justice and human rights.  

The Parliament’s decision to approve Mr Nicol-Wilson was anticipated, as the high-profile human rights lawyer emerged unscathed from an exchange of views with Members of Parliament.

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View Point

ELECTION IS A TESTIMONY TO PEOPLE’S SOVEREIGNTY

(The thoughts expressed in this article are purely and entirely the thoughts of the author)

Election in any democratic setting, include the enjoyment of those rights that will elicit the full participation of individuals in determining the political life of his/her country. An election is a decision making process through which eligible citizens(those who have reached the age of majority, 18 years and above and with sound mind) freely choose their leaders through the ballot box to hold public offices for a specified term.

Generally, people vote with the expectation that the office holders would represent their communitiesand or countries best interest.  Elections are viewed as a central feature of the rule of law, human rights, and democracy. Essentially, election is a testimony to peoples’ sovereignty and that ought to be respected and the process must be credible, otherwise there will be challenge with regards the acceptance of the result.

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News - Press Release

Police reject security for Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally

April 24th 2017: On the occasion of the 56th anniversary of Sierra Leone’s independence, Movement for Social Progress (MSP) had requested the Sierra Leone Police to provide the necessary security for a peaceful Alternative Peoples Independence Procession and Rally that was planned to coincide with the official celebrations. The procession was planned to start from Clock Tower to Brima Atouga Stadium in the East end of the city while the official events are scheduled to take place in the West end of the city.

In a meeting with senior members of the Sierra Leone Police at the SLP headquarters, on Monday 24th April attended by the Inspector General, Francis Munu, the Head of Police Operations, Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Al-Sheikh Kamara, AIG Memuna Konteh Jalloh, AIG FUK Dabor, among others, the police top brass told members of MSP that they would not be able to provide security for the procession and rally.

The Inspector General of Police, Francis Munu, informed the meeting that they were overstretched with covering the official events, the traditional masquerade (or Odele) parade as well as the Lantern Parade on the eve of Independence.

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Society -Local News

Malaria continues to threaten more than half of the world’s population - Deputy Health Minister

Sierra Leone has joined other countries in the world to commemorated World Malaria Day on the theme: “End Malaria For Good” with the slogan: “Sleep under a Mosquito net always” on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at the St. Anthony Parish hall Brookfields in Freetown.

Launching the World Malaria Day 2017, the Sierra Leone Malaria Indicator Survey 2016 Report and the Sierra Leone Malaria Business Plan 2016 -2018, the Deputy Health and Sanitation  Minister 1, Madam Madina Rahman said malaria continues to threaten more than half of the world’s population and presents an alarming threat to global development.

She informed her audience that as of 2016, an estimated 3.2 billion people, almost half of the world’s population in 97 countries and territories including Sierra Leone are at risk of being infected with malaria.

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Development

LAB wants transports to allocate seats to the blind

The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has disclosed plans to launch a White Cane Campaign in the coming weeks.

Ms. Carlton-Hanciles made the disclosure while addressing a cross section of the Waterloo Community including stakeholders at the District Council Hall on Monday, 24 April 2017 in a meeting to plan the launch of the Legal Aid Board in Waterloo in the WesternArea Rural District on 6 May 2017.

She noted that the campaign will seek to address the challenges faced by blind people in using public transport. ‘Blind people have been suffering in silence for far too long,’ she said. ‘They have been discriminated against because of their disability and this cannot be tolerated.’

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Politics

SAM SUMANA TRAVELS TO GHANA ON "EMERGENCY TRAVEL CERTIFICATE"
Former elected Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana left Freetown International Airport, Lungi late afternoon Wednesday April 19, 2017 onboard Kenya Airways on an "Emergency Travel Certificate",  en route to Abuja, Nigeria on or about April 23/24, 2017 for the hearing of his petition filed on October 24, 2016 in the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, "seeking an enforcement of his fundamental Human Rights arising from his unconstitutional removal from office, and for further orders contained in the application."
 
"This matter has been set down for hearing by the Court for April 26, 2017."
 
According to a spokesman for the Sam Sumana family Matthias Bendu who was with Sam Sumana at the airport until the aircraft was airborne because of advanced information reaching the family that there would be some problem awaiting Sam Sumana at the airport, Matthias Bendu told this Writer on the cellphone from the airport that Sam Sumana "was detained by Immigration Officers at the airport for more than thirty minutes  after the aircraft  landed, and it was due to the intervention of the Inspector General of Police Francis Munu who told the immigration Officers that Sam Sumana had not committed any crime and must be allowed to travel".
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