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President Koroma leads Sierra Leone’s most significant outreach to UK-based investors PDF Print E-mail
Press Release
Written by press statement   
Monday, 08 February 2016 10:59

For immediate release:
05/02/2015

On 25th February, President Koroma will lead his Government to London, for the UK-Sierra LeoneTrade & Investment Forum: the country’s most significant investment outreach in recent years. Organised by DMA in partnership with SLIEPA and supported by UN, ECOWAS, Mano-River Union, FCO,UKTI;the visit will outline the opportunities that exist to foreign investors, as well as the government’s broader economic development.

Since 2001, Sierra Leone has enjoyed peaceful government transitions, some of the highest-ranking GDP growth rates in the world and continues to remain committed to attracting quality international investment into the country.

The UK-Sierra Leone Trade & Investment Forum is an important part of  Sierra Leone’s post-Ebola economic recovery plan where HE President Koroma will present his Government’s agenda to restore and strengthen private sector growth and to encourage new inward investment.

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Female Lawyer Writes President Koroma PDF Print E-mail
Press Release
Written by Mariama Dumbuya, Barrister & Solicitor   
Thursday, 04 February 2016 22:12

February 3rd, 2016

His Excellency the President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma

State House

Freetown

Sierra Leone

Your Excellency,

RE: AN ANALYSIS OF THE BILL ENTITLED SAFE ABORTION ACT 2015 – THE BITTER PILL WE MUST SWALLOW IN THE NAME OF FAIRNESS, PROGRESS AND JUSTICE AND THE CASE FOR IT TO BE PASSED INTO LAW.

It is with utmost respect that I write to you as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and the Fountain of Honour and Justice.

I write in my capacity as a citizen of Sierra Leone and more importantly a Sierra Leonean woman with two children. I have examined the law and write from the prism of woman.

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Human Rights Recommendations for Sierra Leone PDF Print E-mail
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Written by press statement   
Monday, 01 February 2016 19:36

On 27 January, Sierra Leone’s Human Rights record was reviewed at the on-going Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland.

The AG/Minister of Justice of Sierra Leone led the delegation and made the following submission;  that the country had just undergone their review under the African Charter on HRs and Peoples Rights and complied with their reporting obligations under CEDAW and CAT; that Sierra Leone continues to implement the recommendations from the two Transitional Justice bodies including on reparations (Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission); that recruitment of child soldiers has been eradicated including through the new Armed Forces regulation; that while a State of Emergency had been declared in July 2014 following the Ebola crisis, that it has since elapsed, and was at all times strictly limited to what was absolutely necessary; that it is undergoing a review of its Constitution with its report being submitted in March 2016, followed by a referendum; that the budgetary support to the NHRI has been increased in the annual budget; a Justice Sector Coordination Office has been established, with a Legal Aid Board soon to be operationalized to provide legal aid services; the Independent Police Complaints Board has also been operationalized, as well as Family Support Units in the police stations to better address domestic violence/SGBV cases; and a Children’s Commission has been established to pursue child abuse and address corporal punishment. 

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Belgian Trade Pre-Mission visit Connaught Hospital PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JAK/KK/MOHS/SLENA   
Friday, 22 January 2016 11:07

Freetown, Jan. 20,016 (MOHS) - A high powered Belgian Trade Pre-Mission to Sierra Leone, led by the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Mr. Pieter De Crem has visited the Connaught hospital for possible support to the institution.

The team which comprises officials from Belgian Government, Belgian companies, representatives from Africa and mediavisited the Ebola trial vaccine unit, the screening facility for the patients as well as triage and isolation facilities and Dialysis unit of the hospital.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Mr. Pieter De Crem said the Federal Government of Belgium Foreign Trade supported Sierra Leone a lot when they were hit by the Ebola crisis through their airline company.

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SLAJ condemns arrest of Jonathan Leigh PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 18 December 2015 22:10

The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) is appalled by the arrest, by the police, of journalist Jonathan Leigh, Managing Editor of the Independent Observer newspaper, over an alleged publication of reported violent incidents in Kono following campaigns by the ruling All People's Congress (APC) and the main opposition Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) in the build-up to the Saturday December 19, 2015 by-election in Constituency 25 in Kono.

Mr. Leigh was picked up in his office in the evening of Thursday 17 December by three officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who told the journalist that they were acting on "orders" to arrest him regarding his front page publication of that day. The investigating officers said the journalist was being interrogated for "false publication"; he was subsequently detained after statement had been obtained from him.

SLAJ is concerned that there seems to exist a consistent pattern by the police to arrest journalists for their publications instead of allowing the body established by law to regulate the media – the Independent Media Commission (IMC) – to handle such matters. We view Mr. Leigh's arrest as a clear case of political harassment and intimidation and therefore call for his immediate release.

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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

Sierra Leone Embassy & Beijing Chamber Of Commerce for Cultural Industries Launch China-Sierra Leone Hand-In-Hand International Foundation

The Sierra Leone Embassy in China in collaboration with the Beijing Chamber of Commerce for Cultural Industries on Saturday 17th June, 2017 launched the China-Sierra Leone Hand-in-Hand International Foundation with a view of cultivating good citizenship by enhancing social, environmental, cultural and economic wellbeing of communities in Sierra Leone.

It also will among others, serve as a bridge of friendship between the two nations in a bid to promote international culture and art exchanges and contribute to economic development.

Speaking at the event, Madam Kumba Alice Momoh, the embassy’s Chargé d'Affaires   referred to the launch of the China-Sierra Leone Hand-In-Hand International Foundation as “the birth of a new era during a period that Sierra Leone is celebrating 46 years of bilateral relationship with China”

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Media News

44 Journalists in Beijing for China Development Studies and Media Exchange

The 4th session of the China Africa Press Center (CAPC) Program hosted by the China Public Diplomacy Association (CPDA) was officially launched on Wednesday 1st March 2017 in Beijing, China. This year’s event is running simultaneously with the China South Asia Center 2017 program. Both programs brought together forty-four journalists from Africa and South Asia.

The program you will give journalists the opportunity to cover major domestic and international events in China such as the upcoming Two Sessions, i.e, the 5th Session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) and the 5th Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese

People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) (similar to Parliamentary sessions in many countries) in March, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in May and the 9th BRICS Summit in Autumn this year.

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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

WHO Director-General elect welcomes new funding for polio eradication

 World Health Organization Director-General elect, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has welcomed contributions and pledges of US$1.2 billion for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The pledges were made at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, USA which is being attended by 32 000 Rotarians from around the world. 

“It is humbling to see again the power of this incredible global partnership to generate funding to fight one of the world’s most horrible and debilitating diseases,” said Dr Tedros.

 

 

A proportion of the money pledged will help WHO fund disease surveillance in more than 70 countries and enable it to provide expertise to help countries vaccinate 450 million children per year against polio. The Organization will also provide guidance on vaccination policy and participate in research into vaccine delivery methods, operational tactics and other approaches that can help accelerate eradication.

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Society -Local News

WAI-SL rescues hermaphrodite …more support needed

Women Against inhumanities Sierra Leone (WAI-SL), has over the past months embarked on fundraising for the surgery of Ibrahim Sorie Karama a hermaphrodite. The founder and CEO of Women Against inhumanities Sierra Leone (WAI-SL), Miss Michaella Sallu with her team are pleased to inform the general public both home and abroad that surgery has been successfully done on Ibrahim Sorie Kamara the 16 year old boy that was popularly seen on social media having breast enlargement.

The Bilateral Subcutaneous Mastectomy surgery was done on the 6th of June 2017 at the Holy Spirit hospital Makeni free of charge by a team of 5 surgeons from Ghana headed by Dr. Albert Painsil and assisted by our Sierra Leonean brother Dr. Abdul Jalloh with fund from Resurge Africa UK.

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Development

Sierra Leone Collateral Registry to improve access to finance for MSMEs

Minister of Finance and Economic Development and Governor of the Central Bank Monday (June 12) jointly launched the Sierra Leone Collateral Registry, an electronic public database holding information on security interests in movable property.

 

The Registry is an initiative of the Bank of Sierra Leone with technical and financial support provided by the World Bank Group to improve access to finance, particularly for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Established under Part II of the Borrowers and Lenders Act, the Registry is a web based system that allows lenders to search for any pre-existing security interests over movable assets provided as collateral. It facilitates the use of movable assets as collateral that may remain in possession or control of the borrowers and thereby improves access to secured finance.

 

 

 

Movable assets are the main type of collateral that MSMEs, especially those in developing countries, can encumber to obtain financing. Given opportunities in agribusiness among others, the Collateral Registry regime allows farmers and entrepreneurs to unlock significant sources of capital with assets that would otherwise not be looked at by lenders as potential collateral.

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Politics

APC Secretary General Ambassador Yansaneh announces the resolutions at the June 1st NAC Meeting
EBK endorsed to continue as Chairman and Leader,continue to unite and transition the party.
 
Selection or Endorsement of Presidential Candidate who will appoint a Running Mate to be endorsed by NAC.
 
National Executive Officers must have served at regional,district or constituency level to be qualified for selection or election.
 
Must n paid up and active in the last 10 years and paid up for 7 years . 
 
Will sign an undertaken to support whoever is selected or endorsed . 
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