Economy & Business

President Bio at agriculture and agribusiness summit in Dakar

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 26 January 2023: Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio was at the opening ceremony of the Dakar Summit on agriculture and agribusiness being held at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Centre in Diamniadio, as part of the  development programme of the government to revitalise the economy of [Read More]

Economy & Business

Freetown City Council sends out property rate and business license payment demands

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 January 2023: Freetown City Council (FCC) has started sending out Property Rate and Business License payment demands to over a million households and businesses across the capital. FCC says that 65% of its budgeted revenue comes from property rates and business licenses on which the delivery [Read More]

Economy & Business

More questions about Freetown International Airport as Summa Airport Ltd takes control

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 January 2023: Last week, Sierra Leone’s ministry of transport and aviation announced in a public notice that Summa Airport Sierra Leone Limited will take over operations and management of Freetown International Airport – also known as Lungi Airport, as of last Friday, 20th January 2023. Although [Read More]

Politics

President Bio signs landmark gender equality law – opening doors for more women in parliament

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 January 2023: Last Thursday, President Julius Maada Bio signed a new Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Bill 2022, known also as the GEWE Act 2022, that is seeking to open up the country’s political space and establish a level playing field for women in politics. Political [Read More]

Economy & Business

Africa’s free trade on track, more efforts needed

Douglas Okwatch (Africa Renewal): Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 January 2023: It’s the second year of business on Africa’s biggest trading platform – the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) – and it isn’t going to be business as usual in the continent’s single biggest trading bloc. Expectations are high and a [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone government signs railway development agreement with ARISE Integrated Industrial Platform Ltd

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 22 January 2023 The Government of Sierra Leone last Tuesday signed the Pepel Port and Pepel – Tonkolili Railway Development, Expansion and Management lease agreement with a company called ARISE Integrated Industrial Platforms Ltd. According to the Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Timothy Kabba, this agreement [Read More]

Economy & Business

‘We must find solutions to the country’s peculiar economic challenges’ – President Bio tells new finance minister

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 January 2023: Last Monday, President Bio of Sierra Leone presided over the oath-swearing of his new Minister of Finance, Sheku Ahmed Fantamadi Bangura, amid calls for a change of government at the polls on 24th of June, as the government struggles to address the economic difficulties [Read More]

Politics

Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr honoured by Italy’s Florence City Council

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 January 2023: Last Thursday, 5th January 2023, Mayor of Freetown – Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr received a Certificate of Commendation from Italy’s Florence City Council. The award was presented by Ms Antonella Bundu. Speaking about the award, Mayor Aki-Sawyerr said: “I was deeply touched by the words of [Read More]

Economy & Business

Rising inflation to over 43% in just five months will hit the poor hardest – says Sierra Leone’s Monetary Policy Committee

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 January 2023: The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Bank of Sierra Leone met on 29th December 2022 under the Chairmanship of the Governor, Professor Kelfala Kallon to review recent developments in the global, regional, and domestic economies and financial markets, and their implications for  Sierra [Read More]