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IMF Mission Statement on Sierra Leone

2014-04-17 17:06:33

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission visited Freetown during March 17-April 1, 2014 for the first review of Sierra Leone’s program supported by the IMF through the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The mission met with the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah; the Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, Mr. Sheku Sesay (photo); other senior officials of the government and the central bank, representatives of the business community and civil society, and (...)Read the full story »

Freetown: Special Court Closes Down

3 December 2013
The activities of the Special Criminal Court in Sierra Leone have been formerly closed down by His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, according to a State House report. The court which started operations in 2002 indicted and sentenced those who carried out the greatest responsibilities in the eleven years civil in Sierra Leone, including the former Liberian president, Charles Taylor. At the special ceremony at State House, attended by the United Nations, ministers, diplomats, (...)

Finance Minister Kaifala Marah Presents 2014 Budget in Parliament

3 December 2013
Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, I. Introduction Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, I rise to move that the Bill entitled, “An Act to provide for the services for Sierra Leone for the Financial Year 2014” be read for the first time. 2. Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, you will all recall that His Excellency, the President Dr. Ernest Koroma, made a commitment to improve the lots of youths and women of our beloved country, Sierra Leone. Government has therefore dedicated this (...)

Makeni: St. Francis Secondary School Turns 55

2 December 2013
By Anthony Kamara (Snr), Winnipeg, Canada. On a beautiful Tuesday morning in February 4, 1958, the Catholic Mission in Northern Sierra Leone started its first Secondary school in the North Central city of Makeni with 40 students who became the proud foundation students of the new institution which was to earn the sobriquet of "the School of Modern Languages", thanks to the arrival of a ten-man team of teaching Brothers of the Immaculate Conception from the Netherlands to take over the (...)

New Appointments by President Koroma

2 December 2013
By PV Staff. President Ernest Bai Koroma has started shaking up his administration as expected by many Sierra Leoneans. Some of the appointments are surprising, others not surprising. Looking at the new appointments, the President seems to be taking a softer approach, mostly moving people from one position to another, with some promotions. Now let’s do a quick analysis of some of the personalities involved: Ambassador Andrew Bangali, who was based in Ethiopia as Ambassador (...)

Lunsar: London Mining Awards Scholarships

28 November 2013
On 23 and 25 November, London Mining awarded 954 scholarships, worth a total of over US$ 40,000, to primary and junior secondary students in their operating communities of Marampa and Maforki in the Port Loko District. The Company also donated exercise books, school bags and mathematical sets to primary and junior secondary students in neighbouring communities within the district. During an award ceremony, Mark Somlyay, General Manager, Finance and Administration, London Mining, said, (...)

President Koroma Happy with Afro-Arab Summit

26 November 2013
President Ernest Bai Koroma has said in Kuwait that government under his administration has initiated many reforms through the Agenda for Change and now progressing forward with the Agenda for Prosperity, which has ushered in a lot of achievements as manifested by a new way of implementing development driven projects. According to the State House Communications unit, the President appealed for further support towards the implementation of the Agenda for Prosperity, especially to the Lumley (...)

Dr. Abdulai Conteh Comments on Controversial Speaker Issue

22 November 2013
Editor’s Note:There had been a tumultuous debate in Sierra Leone’s parliament recently as to who is qualified to be Speaker of Parliament. The problem seems to be confusion over the correct interpretation of what the current 1991 Constitution has to say on the matter. The wrangling and noisy vituperation finally led to a very controversial amendment to the Constitution regarding that matter. Well, legal luminary and former Vice-President, former Attorney-General and Minister (...)

Alpha Jalloh in Arusha, Tanzania

21 November 2013
By PV Staff The Patriotic Vanguard’s Freetown Bureau Chief Alpha Rashid Jalloh (photo) is in Arusha, Tanzania, representing the paper at a top-notch African Union conference on the media bringing together recognized media practitioners, jurists and legal scholars from around the continent of Africa. The main focus of the conference will be on the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights whose role and work has not yet been fully understood by people in Africa and around the (...)

PV Bureau Chief Enters Legal Profession

19 November 2013
Alpha Rashid Jalloh, the Patriotic Vanguard’s Freetown Bureau Chief, was among 71 graduands called to the Sierra Leone Bar on November 13 at the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Alpha has practiced journalism for about two decades having been a reporter of several newspapers that include the defunct Diplomat magazine, The Patriotic Vanguard newspaper, New Breed, Liberty Voice and Afro Times where he rose up to the rank of editor. He later edited (...)

New Jersey: APC Branch Elects New Executive

17 November 2013
Hello APC Party Members, On a beautiful Saturday, November 17th 2013, and in accordance with the APC Party Constitution and the APCNA Bylaws, the APC New Jersey Family elected new executive body> They are as follows: 1. Mr. Pavi Jalloh - President; 2. Mr. Abdul Rahman Kamara - Vice President; 3. Mr. Alimamy Turay - Secretary General; 4. Mr. Edward S. Kororma - Treasurer; 5. Mr. Francis S. Kanu - Assist. Treasurer; 6. Mrs. Namina Kossay - Women’s Leader. The remaining vacant (...)

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Tax Incentives and the Suffering Masses of Sierra Leone

by Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, CEO/Publisher

This week, we look at tax incentives offered to foreign mining and agribusiness companies operating in Sierra Leone. A report, released today by the international NGO, Christian Aid, has bad news (...)


Comparing South Africa and Nigeria

By Mekki Elmograbi, Sudan. It is widely well known that the economy of South Africa is the strongest among African economies but some economists say that Nigeria, "not South Africa", is the (...)