1st National WASH Conference: Position Statement from the Children and Youth Forum
Family Kingdom, 22nd May 2013: We, the members of the Youth and Children’s Forum, representing children and youth across Sierra Leone, participating at the 1st National WASH Conference, we say a very big thank you to whosoever has been part of this planning process and more specifically to UNICEF, WaterAid, Adam Smith and WASH-Net for making our presence felt as young people.
The Freetown Court No.3 on May 6, 2013, charged Kasho Cole and Ibrahim Samura, Managing Editor and editor respectively of privately-owned Prime Newspaper, on eight counts of offences including criminal defamation for allegedly publishing an article about Lawyer Adekule King, an employee of the National Petroleum Directorate.
National security is a crucial element in sustaining good governance. A nation that effectively sustains her national security stands the chances of making gains in terms of socio-economic development. For instance, when you have dozens of foreign and national investment opportunities, it is only when national security is guaranteed that such investments can flourish. Countries like China, Japan and even the world power, the United States, have all tend to reach their apex of development due to a number of reasons, amongst them their ability to maintain their internal security. But sustaining and maintaining state security involves the collective role of citizens. And it is only when we respect the law by abiding to what law enforcement agencies say that we can achieve what we wish to. I would prefer a country without a participatory form of democracy that one with a force police.
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission led by Ms. Malangu Kabedi-Mbuyi visited Freetown during May 8–21 to carry out discussions for the 2013 Article IV consultation and for a three-year economic and financial program that could be supported by the IMF under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The mission held discussions with Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Kaifala Marah; Central Bank Governor, Sheku Sesay; members of Parliament; representatives of the business community; development partners; and other senior officials.
Foreign Minister inspects embassy project site in Addis Ababa
Sierra Leone's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara on 24th May 2013 took a conducted tour to assess the progress in the work at the Sierra Leone Embassy project site in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
On 12 May 2013 the Panamax vessel, MV ALAM PESONA, left Freetown Harbour carrying over 83,000 tonnes of London Mining’s iron ore concentrate, the largest quantity ever to have been loaded in the harbour, vindicating the decision by the Sierra Leone Ports Authority (SLPA) to authorize additional draft at the port. Sailing at a tide of 3.60 metres and a draft of 14 metres, the vessel exceeded the SLPA’s previously recognised draft at the harbour by nearly 10%.