The Ministry of Finance in collaboration with West Africa Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) on Monday 27th August 2018 commenced a week-long training workshop on Debt Sustainability Analysis (DSA) at the Bank Complex, Kingtom in Freetown.
The workshop which is geared towards assessing Sierra Leone’s level of risk exposure was officially launched by the Deputy Minister of Finance, Dr. Patricia Nyanga Laverley and the Deputy Bank Governor of Sierra Leone together with other key players in the finance sector.
The United Council of Imams of Sierra Leone has in a press release vehemently condemned the incident that took place recently at the Gaddafi Mosque, east of Freetown when the former presidential candidate of the opposition APC party, Dr. Samura Kamara, a Christian, went there to pray and later went up the “minba” - a sacred spot reserved for inducted Imams to address the congregation.
Simon Ingram-Hill and Tony Reilly, the outgoing and incoming Heads of British Council Sierra Leone, and the Commonwealth scholars
The British Council, on behalf of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, organized a pre-departure briefing and reception for the 2018-2019 cohorts of Commonwealth scholars on Thursday 23 August 2018 at the British Council Auditorium in Freetown.
The pre-departure briefing prepares scholars to manage the transition to life and study in the UK by providing useful information on travel, culture, weather and how to access educational resources in the UK. This year’s scholars had an opportunity to meet and network with former UK alumni.
Shani Cooper is the new Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone
The State of Israel has appointed Shani Cooper as the new Ambassador to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Ambassador Cooper replaces Ami Mehl who ended his term of service in July 2018. A statement signed by the Israeli Embassy in Accra said Ambassador Cooper comes to Ghana with twelve years of diplomatic experience having served in Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Fishing has been a lucrative trade across the globe. It is being argued that Sierra Leone does not enjoy this global phenomenon in the fishing industry despite huge government investment to make the sector profitable.
Fish is a precious common food in Sierra Leone. During the rainy season in places like Kambia, for instance, many fishermen engage in shrimps fishing which is widely believed to be profitable but a difficult trade.
The Minister Local Government and Rural Development, Anthony Brewah has expressed the need for Local Councils to be actively involved in the designing and implementation of projects undertaken by development partners in their respective localities in order to ensure proper management and implementation of such projects. Delivering his Keynote Address at the opening of a two-day orientation for District Council Chairmen, Chief Administrators and Development Committee Chairmen, organized by the Small Holders Commercialization and Agribusiness Development Project, (SCADeP) at the Bo District Council, Southern Province, Mr. Brewah expressed concern over a number of issues raised by local councils officials including the improper implementation of the devolution process and their non involvement in project
A number of tribal chiefs, representatives of the Slum Dwellers Association and traders recently received local tax booklets from the Freetown City Council Mayor at a ceremony held in her parlor in Freetown.
Addressing the stakeholders, Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyer spoke on a range of issues bordering on payment and collection of local tax obligations. She also explained that payment of local tax assists the FCC in executing its mandate which is to provide social amenities, schools, housing among other obligations for the citizens of Freetown.
There is mounting dissent in Parliament over the contentious Constitutional Instrument under which the President Julius Maada Bio Government proposes to conduct Commissions of Inquiry into the ten-year administration (November 2007 to April 2018) of former President Ernest Bai Koroma which the Ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) alleges to be riddled with corruption, following the publication of the Ruling SLPP Governance Transition Team Report in July 2018..
Sierra Leone's Chief Minister and Chairman of the Governance Transition Team Professor David Francis formally hands the GTT report over to President Maada Bio on the 4th of July.
On April 6, 2018, just two days after his swearing in, President Julius Maada Bio followed in the footsteps of his predecessor and established a Governance Transition Team (GTT) with a four-pronged mandate to “serve as focal point for the interface with the out-going APC government”; “conduct an immediate stock-taking exercise”; “submit an overview of the current state of affairs”; and “submit a comprehensive report” on the GTT’s findings.
Dr. Alie Kabba, Tomekah L. Burl and a cross section of Peace Corps volunteers
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr. Alie Kabba, has said, that the New Direction flagship on education coincides with one of Peace Corps Sectors of operation – Education and that the Peace Corp volunteers serve as a platform to help enhance the President’s initiative on free Basic Education in the country.