The newest democratically elected President and one of the youngest Heads of State, His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio has attracted world leaders at the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London during a cocktail reception for Heads of State at the Sky Garden hosted by the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP on the eve of the official opening of the Commonwealth Summit.
With his usual modesty and charm, President Bio was warmly welcomed by many of his colleague Heads of State who admire his youthful disposition. Already, with news of his recent actions on discipline, economic prudence and curbing Government wastage, President Bio was commended by many of his colleague Heads of State and he was assured of goodwill and support.
The Chairman Governance Transition Team, Professor David J Francis, who also doubles as the accredited Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at the Commonwealth Summit has deputised His Excellency President Brigadier General (Rtd) Julius Maada Bio at the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers’ Meeting where it was revealed that Sierra Leone will be amongst other nations to benefit from the Commonwealth Trade Finance Credit Facility.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has recognised Dr Abdul Gudush Jalloh as the 47th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of his exceptional advocacy for animal welfare throughout Sierra Leone.
In the lead-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19-20 April, Her Majesty The Queen - as Head of the Commonwealth - is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 53 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.
By sharing these stories of service, the Heads of Government meeting will celebrate inspirational acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackling some of the greatest social challenges of our time.
“Over 80% of the Members of Parliament are newly-elected. This means, 80% of the members of the previous Parliament did not return. Their employers (the people) withdrew their votes and some opted not to return.”
These were the words of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country Director in Sierra Leone, Samuel Gbaydee Doe. He was speaking at the recent induction and chamber briefing for newly-elected Members of Parliament on Tuesday 17th April, 2018.