Economy - Business & Environment

Why Rwanda’s development model wouldn’t work elsewhere in Africa

January 9, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 2

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 January 2018 Rwanda under strongman Paul Kagame has been showered with praise for its remarkable economic progress and political stability since the 1994 genocide that claimed over 800 000 lives. But Rwanda’s relative successes have come at a huge cost to civil liberties. Nic Cheeseman of [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

Closing the wealth gap – Economists call for new approach

January 9, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Kingsley Ighobor: Sierra Leone Telegraph: From “Africa Reeling” to “Africa Rising,” there’s a new narrative for the African continent, now showing promising signs of sustainable growth under more stable governments. McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, predicts that Africa’s combined GDP will be $2.6 trillion by 2020 and [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

First African Roundtable on good infrastructure governance

January 7, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Chris Heathcote: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 January 2018 Infrastructure is crucial to Africa’s growth prospects. It’s also hard to get right, a reality acknowledged by delegates from around the continent and further afield who recently gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, for Africa’s First Roundtable on Infrastructure Governance. Until now, policy [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

Corruption is a big issue in African elections – says Transparency International

January 7, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 January 2018 Over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2016, fell below the midpoint scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The global average score is 43, indicating endemic corruption in a country’s public sector. Sierra [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

Transparency is key to corruption-free infrastructure in Africa

January 7, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Chris Heathcote: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 January 2018: The first Regional Roundtable on Infrastructure Governance was held in Cape Town at the beginning of November. Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International, who addressed the event, reflects on the vital importance of openness and transparency for successful and sustainable infrastructure projects. [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

Grand corruption in Sierra Leone – Faulty lines in flawed and costly mining agreements

January 7, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 3

NGC Publicity Office: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 January 2018: The National Grand Coalition (NGC) Party has learnt with consternation, news reports that the Ernest Korma-led APC Government recently rushed three major mining agreements with little or no debate through Parliament. Each of those agreements could have huge and adverse economic [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

Four months on – Sierra Leone mudslide survivors have nowhere to live

January 2, 2018 Abdul Rashid Thomas 1

Agence France-Presse (AFP): Sierra Leone Telegraph: 02 January 2018 Four months after the landslides that killed her husband and more than a thousand others, Mariama Kamara has returned to the mountainside that collapsed onto their home to live in an unfinished building. Kamara is one of the hundreds of Sierra [Read More]

Economy - Business & Environment

Reform of Gambian public enterprises remain critical – says IMF report

December 14, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 14 December 2017 Yayah Jammeh is gone, but it seems his shadow is still lurking in every corner of the Gambian economy. And as the country continues to make key reforms in the public and private sectors, there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful. But the [Read More]