He furthered that they have assessed the existing portfolio and it can be reshaped to meet the priorities of the new government. Henry Kerali added “as you have state in your speech and in your own manifesto we look forward to formal development plan of the government we understand that is under preparation.”
He disclosed that they have had an engagement with the minister of finance, confirming that they believe they can shape the portfolio to the Government’s priorities area.
President Bio thanked the World Bank delegation during their engagement, stating that his government is equally determined to go over the obstacles the country is facing.
He maintained that his administration would want to move to the aspect of getting on to the business of developing the nation socially and economic progress, adding that the government would not achieved all the above mentioned without the Bank’s support.
“We will want a frank discussion, I know the bank can be stiff sometimes but we will make some amount of effort to make you flexible especially in dealing with Sierra Leone, I am not talking about any other country.” President Bio said.
He maintained that in order to achieved sustainable development it must be anchored on certain things, disclosing that they have identified those that it will be anchored on.
He mentioned that his government has been working of revenue mobilization, pointing out that it too early to determine how effective it would be emphasizing that they would work on reshaping moving forward.
He furthered that the Government have been trying to manage their expenditure, stating that control measure has been a problematic area and that they are working to put forward proper control measure in an effort to control the expenditure of the government once and for all.
He called on the Bank to also look into the areas of Agriculture, Tourism and Fisheries, stating that if they have the required support it will really generate resources for the country.
The Meeting concluded with president Bio pleaded for an increment in the allocation of money to the educational sector.