Photo: A cross section of participants at the 2-day training held at Kobeibu Hotel in Bo City, Southern Sierra Leone.
Many African countries including Sierra Leone are seeking better ways of attracting responsible agri-based investments as a catalyst for achieving economic growth through industralization. However, analysis shows that large-scale agricultural investment in Sierra Leone is yet to meet the international Corporate Social Responsibilty (CSR) principles for enhancing local livelihoods.
To strike a balance between attracting foreign agricultural investments while ensuring a responsible investment climate, the Government, led by the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) is in the process of finalizing a tool known as the ‘Agribusiness Investment Approval Process (AIAP)’. The tool is currently being tested on existing four investment companies to assess the applicability while ensuring that existing legislations are aligned with the AIAP.
Stakeholders from Bombali district, one of the main opposition, All People’s Congress (APC) Party’s major political strongholds, have met with His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio to commend him for his government’s impressive performance since his election in April last year.
In compliance of its Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR), the management of Karpowership has donated food items to residents of its operational areas of Kingtom and KrooBay communities respectively.
The assorted food items include bags of rice, flour, cooking oil, Sugar, water and juice, worth millions of Leones.
On behalf of the management of Karpowership, Mr. Joseph Skeff, presenting the donation to the various communities said that it is heir pleasure to give back to communities where they are operating from. He said that they are mindful of their Cooperate Social Responsibility, adding that this is not the first time they have been supporting the people that are residing in their operational areas and beyond.
Sierra Leoneans who attended the Tony Elumelu Foundation conference which brings together young African entrepreneurs from across the continent were on Friday 23rd August, 2019 warmly welcomed back home by the United Bank of Africa (UBA) SL.
Every year, the Tony Elumelu Foundation - Africa’s foremost champion of entrepreneurship in collaboration with UBA hosts the largest convening of entrepreneurs, policymakers and business leaders in one location.
The Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone (EPA-SL) in its strides towards working with policy makers in the country for cogent actions towards environmental safety and security had led Members of Parliament of the Parliamentary Committee on Lands and the Environment to disaster prone areas in the city. Present among the delegation were the Chairman of the Committee on Lands and the Environment, Hon.
APC Hon. Sheriff Carew making his statement during the official lunching of the Fourah Bay Community football kits at Suliamaniya Primary School ‘Bottom school’
Hon. Sheriff Carew, former MP of constituency 122 (APC) who lost his seat in the last elections, has told his people that despite he lost his seat, he is determined to ensure that politics should not dent his image or good relationship with anyone.
In preventing disaster, the Office of National Security (ONS) and partners have engaged stakeholders from four eminent disaster-prone areas to mark the inception of the “Freetown Emergency Recovery Project” funded by the World Bank. The project is targeting 13 disaster-prone communities in Freetown, with the theme: “All-Inclusive Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience”.
The Government of Sierra Leone on Thursday August 22, 2019 signed two corporation agreements with the Government of Japan on technical cooperation and the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers Programme (JOCV) at the conference Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at Tower Hill in Freetown.
With Support from the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), the National Council for Civic Education and Development (NaCCED) has held a validation meeting for the outlined commitments of the Parliamentary Working Group (PWG) slated to incorporate Parliament’s Commitments into the implementation of 3rd National Action Plan of the Open Government Group (OGP), at the Parliamentary Conference Room, Tower Hill in Freetown.
The Sierra Leone DJs Union (SLeDU) have informed the public through a press statement signed by its National President Pilot CPO that the latest photographs from few entertainers making rounds on social media with the captions "PRESIDENT BIO MEETING WITH THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY" at State House, Freetown is no way a representation of the entirety of the said Industry.
The Executive Director of the Legal Aid Board, Ms. Fatmata Claire Carlton-Hanciles has emphasized the Board’s zero tolerance policy on corruption at a meeting with volunteers of three satellite offices - the Community Advisory Bureaus – from Lumley, Kamayama and Kaningo in constituency 132 in the west of Freetown.
Readers must forgive me for opening today’s column by acknowledging the compliment paid to me last Friday by no less a person than my nephew who has become a legendary columnist not simply in his own right, but among the best, in his style, humour, and his play with the Queen’s language in his very popular and educative regular “Ponder my Thoughts” column. Yes, Andrew Keilie, also fondly referred to by his middle name of Karmor, is an acknowledged literary gem among his peers; no, compared with the majority of his peers in the journalism profession (it’s a misnomer when applied to him because he is by profession a distinguished engineer of some repute rather than a journalist.) Andrew is a member of the very successful Sierra Leonean Engineering enterprise CEMATS. There is very often in the best of us a “BUT” and my nephew is no exception as on one occasion when I and many others thought that he went a little too far. He had reached up for my jugular in 2016. I had in a public statement advised the SLPP family to unite behind the then Presidential aspirant Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio, our current “Talk and Do” President. Poor Andrew, he was attacked from every angle. That was then; thank you Kamor for your lavish compliment. No one can now rightly accuse you of family bias for your expressed opinion.
Susu, also spelled Soussou, or Soso, people living in the southern coastal regions of Guinea and the north-western parts of Sierra Leone. They speak a dialect of Susu-Yalunka, a language belonging to the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo language.
One of the beneficiaries displaying her Le31M Chequ
Christiana Sesay and Hawa Sesay, next of kin of two Ebola volunteer health workers who died in active service during the Ebola scourge, have expressed thanks and appreciation to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) boss for facilitating the payment of Thirty One Million Leones (Le31,000,000) each to them.
As the national team Leone Stars continues with their preparation for the FIFA 2020 World Cup qualifier match against Liberia in Monrovia, Striker Kei Kamara has been dropped from Leone Stars squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup preliminary qualifiers.
Due to the heavy downpour of rains on Friday 2nd August 2019, the fence around the residence of the Catholic Arch Bishop at Thunder Hill, Kissy collapsed and unfortunately fell on Sister Ramatu Kamara.
His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio has unveiled Sierra Leone’s National Digital Identity Platform, making it the first such Blockchain national identification system in Africa.
At the Seventy-third Session of the UN General Assembly last year in New York, the President announced a partnership with the UN and KIVA, a US-based financial services international nonprofit organisation, to launch a bold new initiative designed to give the country’s seven million citizens access to financial services.
“Today, less than one year after, I am pleased to announce that we have accomplished that objective. My Government has developed a National Digital Identity Platform (NDIP). I am informed, and I announce with pride, that this is Africa’s first Blockchain and Decentralised National Digital Identity System”, he said, adding that the advent would radically change Sierra Leone’s financial inclusion landscape and make it possible to access and deliver economic and other opportunities to every citizen.
The Lady Ellen Women’s Aid Foundation (LEWAF) on Wednesday August 21 2019 presented its three point resolution to the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) for partnership on the protection of women and children.
Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Hon. Lusine Kallon, has led a delegation from UN’s New York office to South and Eastern provinces of Sierra Leone on a perception survey about the security risk associated with the youths.
MAF Dist. Officer Wester Area Madam Jane Kabbasei Sillah leading the team
In a bid to identified and familiarise with the various agribusinesses in the Western Area, the Deputy Chief Agriculture Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Sorie Mohamed Kamara together with his team have expressed satisfaction over the progress made towards farming activities in the western area.
The Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) polytechnic has held its academic and administrative staff assembly at the Great Hall of the Goderich campus at which event the Acting Principal of the college, Dr. Philip John Kanu commended President Julius Maada Bio, the Ministers of Finance and Technical and Higher Education respectively and the Financial Secretary for the new computerized payment system recently implemented by government for the payment of salaries to teacher training institutions nationwide in spite of the challenges underscoring that payment of salaries was a huge challenge for the college and a headache reiterating that government prioritizes education and loves the college.
As part of Management’s strive for Quality and Efficient Service Delivery, the Sierra Leone RoadSafety Authority(SLRSA) has opened it Customer Service Center at the Authority’s Headquarters at Kissy Road In Freetown.
President Julius Maada Bio has said he will not pretend that the country’s economy is not doing badly. Speaking in Freetown at the launch of the Blockchain National Digital Identity System for Sierra Leone, the President appealed for some time before he can get the economy better.
He said the current economic situation is something he had warned Sierra Leoneans about upon assuming power. “A few years ago, I did my due diligence as a good pilot and warned that we were going to go through some turbulence and I told you to tighten your seatbelt and what we are going through is momentary,” the President said.He promised: “I’m the Captain, and I want to assure you that we will land safely.”
Blockchain-based financial inclusion programme could be model for other countries
Sierra Leoneans will be able to sign up for bank accounts with a press of their thumbs, thanks to a blockchain-based financial inclusion programme that could serve as a model for countries with large unbanked populations across the developing world.
The Kiva Protocol, launched on Wednesday by the Sierra Leonean government and Kiva, the Silicon Valley microloan company, is a biometric system that links a person’s thumbprint with their identity. It will allow the west African country to create a universal credit bureau for the first time, with its backers hoping it will spur lending by banks reluctant to loan to people without credit histories.
Koroma, Salia, Sierra Leonean accordionist and singer; Segbwema, Sierra Leone, 1903
Salia Koroma was born in Segbwema although his parents had come from Kpa-Mende country. As a young man, Salia's father left Salia Koroma him in the care of his mother while he went to seek his fortune elsewhere. Salia was anxious to go to school but his uncles, who were responsible for him in the absence of his father, did not feel disposed to send him to school. Rather, they sent their own children.
For many years now we see that the prices of goods are tied to the rise and fall of the American dollar in the Sierra Leone Market structure. And dollar price even determines the prices of local commodities. The leone continues to depreciate against foreign currencies and this places a heavy burden on businesses in the country.
Massive piles of seaweeds are encroaching on Sierra Leone’s beaches. Over the past years, seaweeds have been invading the country’s beaches and turning them into eyesores; and this is taking a toll on tourism activities and affecting the economy, according to sources at the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the National Tourist Board.
Members of the Sierra Leone Entertainment Industry have met at State House to update His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio on recent developments in the country’s performing industry.
Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Memunatu Pratt, who chaired the meeting, thanked President Bio for his time and noted that that was indicative of his commitment to the growth and development of the entertainment industry. She commended the President for prioritising tourism and culture as a means of economic diversification, rebranding the country and as an engine for job creation.