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AfDB facilitates Africa-Asia knowledge exchange on Universal Health Coverage
Written by Expotimes   
Friday, 05 July 2013 21:55


 Poverty still remains a major barrier to healthcare access in Africa”, said Dr. Agnes Soucat, Director, Human Development Department of the African Development Bank (http://www.afdb.org) setting the tone for the Africa-Asia dialogue on achieving Universal Health Coverage in Africa that took place in Lusaka, Zambia from June 25 to 28, 2013.

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OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMISSIONER, ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION
Written by Abubakar Bai Kamara   
Thursday, 04 July 2013 23:07

1st July, 2013

Dear Commissioner,

WHY TOP MANAGEMENT OF CUSTOMS MUST BE INVESTIGATED

I write as a concerned citizen to express my disappointment over the way and manner in which certain matters at the NRA are being pursued while other grave ones are totally ignored.

I remember sometime last year when one of our local newspapers reported a corruption incidence relating to Mde. Admire Sesay, the elder sister of H.E. the President, Ernest Bai Koroma about certain containers she brought into the country without paying the required duties and taxes to the Customs and Excise department thereby depriving the government and people of this country of much needed revenue. Santos Kamara was involved in this Customs fraud but because it has to do with the President’s sister, no charges were levied nor investigations carried out. In the end, nothing came out of it, neither has any mention been made of it even in your usual numerous press conferences.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 19:06
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First Lady hang heads with Obama, Bush
Written by Expotimes   
Thursday, 04 July 2013 22:15

Sierra Leone's First Lady took centre stage in Tanzania where former and current First Ladies had gathered for a summit under the theme: "discussing investing in women to strengthen Africa".
Sia Koroma was among a cream of other high profiled world class women leaders including the former President of the United States of America George Bush and his wife Laura Bush who were hosting the summit.
The First Lady of America Mitchelle Obama was also in attendance and gave the summit's keynote address.

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The Keys to and distinctive Model of German Export and Economic Success
Written by Dr.Foday M. Kallon, +232 (0) 76 788 967/ +232 (0) 33 241 775   
Thursday, 04 July 2013 21:56

Germany is well-kown for its aggressive and strategic export market, especially in our contemporary economic climate often the latent envy of many economies and governments the world over. On the basis of my experience over appreciable years of study and work in Germany, I will try to identify the fundamental reasons for the country’s continuous export success and economic recalcitrance. The German distinctive model and mentality of economic devcelopment has earned it the reputation of being classed as the only economy in the world today that has remained intact und unshakable, irrespective of the global economic down trend and recession.

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As Ambassador Foh presents credentials, President Xi of China looks forward to visiting Sierra Leone
Written by John Baimba Sesay, Press Attaché ,Sierra Leone Embassy, PR China   
Thursday, 04 July 2013 21:39

His Excellency, Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh on Wednesday 3rd July 2013 presented his original letter of credence and that of recall of his predecessor to President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, within a period of two weeks upon his arrival as Ambassador Extra-ordinary and Plenipotentiary.

The ceremony, which took place at the Great Hall of the People and which attracted officials of the Chinese Government and staff from the Sierra Leone Embassy was short but colorful. In his short statement, Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh conveyed special greetings from His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone to President Xi Jinping, and the people of the People’s Republic of China.

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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

Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio about the investment opportunities in Sierra Leone and gives his insight into the banking landscape.

Excerpts shared by Sheriff Mahmud Ismail

The Government of Sierra Leone is placing great priority in improving the business climate, enhancing infrastructure and support to private sector development. In line with the government focus, the Central Bank is targeting price stability in support of economic recovery, enhancing monetary policy instruments and liquidity management and also limiting intervention in the foreign exchange market, which will be important to preserve foreign exchange reserves.

The above measures will help in the strengthening of the banking system to support financial intermediation. Commercial banks are thus poised to benefit and take advantage of the improved economic and business environment by offering better services to their customers, including loans and overdrafts and forex to import, thereby creating wealth and boosting government revenue.

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Media News

Freedom of Expression Violations Rise Sharply in West Africa

The incidents of freedom of expression rights violations in West Africa more than tripled in the first quarter (January-March) of 2017.

Over the three-month period, a total of 47 violations were recorded as against 14 violations for the last quarter (October-December) of 2016. The violations recorded in the quarter under review range from arrests and detentions to physical attacks, online violations, shutdown of media houses, censorship, seizure and destruction of property and killings. The 47 violations occurred in 10 out of the 16 countries in West Africa.

 

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Commentary

Dr. Tam Baryoh’s Only Crime!

Boris Johnson as a Journalist worked at The Times and Daily Telegraph newspapers. He edited The Spectator newspaper between 1999 and 2006. He was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and was also Mayor of London. He is a member of the Conservative Party and the current UK Foreign Secretary.

Nnamdi Azikiwe was to serve as the first president of independent Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He opened and edited a number of newspapers in Ghana and Nigeria and later became an active politician. Obafemi Awolowo was a great Nigerian politician. He also was an active journalist and edited The Nigerian Worker, amongst other publications.

There is a clear link between politics and journalism though, there seems to be a very thin boundary, or perhaps, “a reflective door in the firewall, such that with time, politicians and journalists cross the line changing roles and moving from side to side,” argues Aminat Afolabi in a piece, titled ‘Politics and Journalism, the Interwoven Relationship between Them.”

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View Point

How and Why I endorse Julius Maada Bio for President?

I have

I have endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for the SLPP presidential ticket in the March 7 2018 elections because I strongly believe in his project and ability to succeed as our next president if given the opportunity.  Perhaps I need to provide  some context as to how, when and why I took this decision.

Maada Bio is the second presidential candidate I have ever endorsed in Sierra Leone. The first was late president TejanKabbah during the campaigns in the 1996 general elections, which he won. I was then publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Expo Times, which won the best-selling newspaper award from the National Vendors Association that year. At the time, my newspaper was the largest circulation and most widely read newspaper in the country and my nearest competitors were For Di People and Concord Times. When the presidential election campaigns became heated and the battle lines were clearly drawn with the three front-runners, TejanKabbah of the SLPP, Karefa-Smart of the UNPP, and Thaimu Bangura of PDP (SORBEH), For Di People declared for and endorsed Karefa-Smart and the UNPP while Concord Times declared for and endorsed Thaimu Bangura and the PDP. Dr Prince Harding and Banda-Thomas then approached me to endorse and help TejanKabbah of the SLPP, who was then the clear frontrunner according to Opinion polls, to win the elections. 

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News - Press Release

CrPcEPd Life-saving jingle hits the airwaves

Freetown- 9 October 2017 – A new jingle that forewarns Sierra Leonean about the dangers of residing in disaster-prone communities will be released on 10 October 2017.

The 1:30-second radio jingle, aired twice daily for 70 days will be aired on seven major radio stations across the country.

The radio announcement is in Krio, the country’s Lingua Franca, and Mende, Themne and Kono- the widely spoken languages in Sierra Leone.

When radio-lovers tune in on Tuesday morning and evening for the next 70 days they will be informed about the changes in the weather.

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Society -Local News

ACC COMMISSIONER LAUNCHES PAY NO BRIBE CAMPAIGN IN KONO DISTRICT

The Commissioner, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Ady Macauley Esq., on Monday 2nd October, 2017 officially launched the Pay No Bribe (PNB) campaign in Kono District. The PNB in the first phase had targeted, Western Area Urban and Rural, Bombali, Bo and Kenema Districts.

In his keynote address at the District Council Hall, Koidu City, Mr. Macauley  called on all Sierra Leoneans to fight bribery and petty corruption very seriously, stating that their consequences are debilitating. 

He thanked the Department for International Development (DFID) for the support provided to the ACC in the implementation of the PNB and assured that the ACC will play its part to ensuring a successful implementation of the campaign. Commissioner further commended the MDAs implementing the PNB and highlighted the astute and formidable leadership demonstrated by the Inspector General of Police (IG) Francis Munu as the SLP has dismissed and terminated police officers for various acts of corruption and malfeasance and instructed the dismantling of 23 illegal checkpoints nationwide.

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Development

THE CASE FOR REFORM OF THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL
  1. In recent years many UN member States have begun urging a change of the Security Council more so by demands of African states led by Sierra Leone.
  2. The main argument for reform is that change is necessary to make the Security Council more reflective of today’s International realities.
  3. Since the Council was created in 1945 more than a hundred and ninety two nations have come into existence and former defeated states in the last World War such as Germany, Japan and Italy have rejoined the World Community. While many developing states have become economic and trade dynamos yet the Security Council still operates on the same basic principles and with the same P5 (permanent Five) UK, USA, CHINA, FRANCE and USSR.

 

Sierra Leone has consistently and with farvour put the case for Africa at every fora upto some weeks ago in New York but it is difficult to assess the response of the UN or the P 5 respectively.

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Politics

PRESIDENT KOROMA SAYS… “I am very proud of Ansumana Usman Koroma”

President Dr Ernest BaiKoroma has informed Sierra Leoneans that, “I am very proud that we have people like Ansumana. We need many more Ansumana Usman Koromas that will go out there as Ambassadors of our country, showing and telling a good story about Sierra Leone.”

Whilst speaking at his Presidential office in Freetown, President Koroma affirmed that, “I am very proud of Ansumana and I am encouraging him to do more by helping his people.”

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