Economy & Business

Sierra Leone’s trade minister speaks out

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 July 2013 Many Sierra Leoneans are perplexed by the preponderance of government ministers managing the affairs of state, yet unable to solve the myriad of economic and social problems facing the country. They say that ministers lack direction. But many also believe that there is [Read More]

Education and Health

Universal health coverage is not an option – but a reality

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 July 2013 “Poverty still remains a major barrier to healthcare access in Africa”, says Dr. Agnes Soucat, the Director of the Human Development Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB). This statement set the tone for the Africa-Asia dialogue on achieving Universal Health Coverage in [Read More]

Dele Awoonor-Gordon

An uncomfortable truth

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 July 2013 I am positive that the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission, with an eye to audience-applause, would expect us to give a standing ovation to the theatrics of its fight against corruption, following the well-publicised reports of the recent spate of [Read More]

News in Perspective

“Visit to China was a success” – says President Ernest Koroma

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 3 July 2013 President Koroma’s week-long visit to China has been controversial. And as he returns to Freetown to face the enormity of governing a country with a population of 5 million – over 70% of whom are living well below the poverty line, converting those [Read More]


President Koroma in China – president Obama says: “Be wary of foreign powers”

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 2 July 2013 On the very week that president Obama landed in Africa, president Koroma decided he would visit his Chinese friends.  There is nothing more bizarre than to see a president regarded as one of the best leaders in Africa by president Obama himself just [Read More]

News in Perspective

Counting the cost of US support for African countries

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 June 2013    The election of Barack Obama to the White House in 2008, brought great expectations for many in Africa who look up to America as the bastion of liberal democracy and freedom, and the prospect of a black president helping Africa out of [Read More]

News in Perspective

President Koroma takes lesson in China on economic development

The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 June 2013   Sierra Leone may be one of the poorest nations in the world, but with the possibility of becoming an oil rich nation, it is the dream of every forward looking Sierra Leonean who thinks beyond the immediate problem of eradicating abject poverty, [Read More]

News in Perspective

Li Yong of China succeeds Kandeh Yumkella at UNIDO

Anthony Abdul Karim Kamara, Jnr. The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 June 2013 After two four-year terms at the helm of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as Director-General, Kandeh Yumkella of Sierra Leone has handed over the baton of office to China’s Li Yong. The ceremony took place during the [Read More]

Dele Awoonor-Gordon

Sierra Leone: A nation at a crossroad

Raymond Dele Awoonor-Gordon The Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 June 2013 Even though it is more pleasant at this point in time to chew our way gradually to salvation, we seem to be in a hurry to swallow. Unfortunately, we are not even checking the content of our consumption. To crown [Read More]