October 21, 2019
Economy & Business

Commonwealth finance ministers urge progress on taxing digital commerce to tackle debt

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 October 2019: The Commonwealth has today published a statement in which it says that its finance ministers have recognised the potential of technology to improve debt transparency, while urging closer collaboration to resolve tax challenges arising from growing digital commerce. According to the statement, revenues from [Read More]

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Commonwealth finance ministers urge progress on taxing digital commerce to tackle debt

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 October 2019: The Commonwealth has today published a statement in which it says that its finance ministers have recognised the potential of technology to improve debt transparency, while urging closer collaboration to resolve tax challenges arising from growing digital commerce. According to the statement, revenues from [Read More]

Economy & Business

Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to pick up amid fears of global slowdown – says IMF

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 October 2019: Last week the International Monetary Fund (IMF) launched its Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa in Washington. The event was chaired by the IMF’s Director of African Department – Abebe Aemro Selassie, who spoke about the economic prospects of Sub-Saharan Africa, amid growing fears [Read More]

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Open letter to the chairman and leader of the APC party – Ernest Bai Koroma

The NRM Group: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 October 2019: Dear Chairman and Leader, over the past few months, following the submission of the draft constitution to the APC Secretariat, the party leadership requested suggestions from the membership to  improve on the draft constitution. We had already stated our dissatisfaction about [Read More]

Education and Health

Why are these Nigerians travelling across 13 West African countries in 80 Days?

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 October 2019: On the 22nd of September 2019, a group of young Nigerians – the Zikoko team, teamed up with GIGM, Google, Leadway Assurance, Ecobank and Smoov to embark on an expedition of a lifetime. The team is travelling through 13 West African countries in 80 [Read More]

Economy & Business

200 youths trained in entrepreneurship and waste management in Freetown

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 October 2019: With a 60 percent rate of youth unemployment, Sierra Leone suffers among West Africa’s highest levels of joblessness. One result: youth migrate, often irregularly. To address this, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Sierra Leone, in partnership with the Freetown City Council, organized a 5-day [Read More]

Politics

The role of Chief Minister in Sierra Leone comes under further scrutiny

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 October 2019: The British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone – Mr. Simon Mustard and the Head of DfID Serra Leone – Ms  Kobi Bentley, on Monday, 14th October, held talks with Sierra Leone’s Government Chief Minister – Professor David Francis at Statehouse in Freetown, where they [Read More]

Politics

President Bio opens new King Harman Maternity and Children Hospital in Freetown

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 October 2019: President Julius Maada Bio, yesterday opened the new King Harman Maternity and Children Hospital at Brookfields, which will largely cater for residents in the west of Freetown to ease pressure on the Cottage Hospital at Fourahbay Road in the east of the capital. The [Read More]

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APC must go to convention earlier – says former President Koroma

Sheriff Mahmud Ismail: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 October 2019: The outcome of the 2018 presidential polls shocked the All People’s Congress (APC), punctured the nerve and fibre of the Party, causing dissonance and disorientation among its rank and file. The vast majority of its membership and supporters are therefore demanding [Read More]

Economy & Business

A bright future for downstream petroleum in Sierra Leone

Lansana Fofanah: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 October 2019: The appointment of Dr. Brima Baluwa Koroma by President Julius Maada Bio to head the Petroleum Regulatory Agency (PRA) – an institution that accounts for 15% of the country’s domestic revenue, has brought transformation to the Agency. With a population of 7 [Read More]

Economy & Business

Commonwealth sounds alarm to waken world from sleep-walking into another debt crisis – Op ed

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 16 October 2019: Trade wars, protectionism, and nationalist rhetoric are combining to weave the possibility of a nightmare debt crisis that could be worse than any previously experienced. Global borrowing is now at the highest levels since the 1950s, and history suggests we [Read More]

Politics

Sierra Leone government reviews decentralisation of governance and public services

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 October 2019: The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has this morning announced that, President Julius Maada Bio will today be launching his government’s review of the Local Government Act (LGA 2004) and the Decentralization Policy (2010). The review will be conducted by the newly [Read More]

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President Bio should return to his grass roots base – an Op ed

Sorie Fofana: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 October 2019: On 4th April 2018, Julius Maada Bio was sworn-in as the democratically elected President of Sierra Leone. That is exactly eighteen months ago. Since his election as President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, President Dr. Julius Maada Bio has been very [Read More]

Economy & Business

Commonwealth finance ministers to discuss joint action to prevent future debt crises

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 October 2019: Commonwealth finance ministers will meet in Washington D.C. on Thursday, 17 October 2019 to discuss coordinated interventions to prevent future debt crises. The meeting will be chaired by the Finance Minister of Cyprus, Harris Georgiades, under the theme ‘Preventing Debt Crises: The Roles of [Read More]

Economy & Business

Strengthening Africa’s fragmented data landscape is key to meeting SDG targets, says new African Governance Report

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 October 2019: The African Governance Report, published today by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, draws on data from the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) and shares new insights on progress towards the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063 and the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). [Read More]

Politics

Former mines minister and deputy chairman of opposition APC acquitted of corruption charges

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 October 2019: Sierra Leone’s former minister of mines, who is also the current deputy chairman of the opposition All People’s Congress Party (APC) – Minkailu Mansaray, was last Friday discharged on all counts of corruption offences by High Court Judge – Justice Reginald Sydney Fynn, after [Read More]

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India and Sierra Leone sign $30 million loan to boost rice production

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 October 2019: India’s vice president Shri Venkaiah Naidu, met with Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio at State House in Freetown today Sunday, where he announced major areas of support for Sierra Leone to promote economic development in the country. The support package includes a US$30 [Read More]

Education and Health

Moving from the brink to the brim of academic excellence

Joseph F. Kamara: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 October 2019: The brim of academic excellence is the state of being exceptional. We live in a society obsessed with being exceptional. Whether it is as workers, parents, students, lovers or cooks, we are expected to be outstanding. We must strive to be [Read More]

Politics

Four months appeal period has elapsed – an open letter to sierra Leone Chief Justice

Sirajin M Rollings-Kamara: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 October 2019: Honourable Justice Desmond Babatunde Edwards, I am reflecting and referencing court judgements meted against ten of us Members of Parliament belonging to the All People’s Congress Party (the largest opposition) by the High Court of Sierra Leone on May 31 2019. [Read More]

Education and Health

International Day of the Girl Child – more action needed to protect the rights of girls in Sierra Leone

Mariama Janet Deen: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 11 October 2019: Since 2012, 11th October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl Child, after the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 66/170 declaring it – a day of commemoration. The International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) aims to highlight [Read More]

Education and Health

Sierra Leone urgently needs a National Plan for Mental Health

Joseph F. Kamara: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 October 2019: Today, 10th October 2019, has been designated by the World Health Organization “(WHO”) as “World Mental Health Day”, to promote awareness of mental health in people all over the world. This year, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has decided [Read More]

Politics

APC must go to convention earlier – says former President Koroma

Sheriff Mahmud Ismail: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 October 2019: The outcome of the 2018 presidential polls shocked the All People’s Congress (APC), punctured the nerve and fibre of the Party, causing dissonance and disorientation among its rank and file. The vast majority of its membership and supporters are therefore demanding [Read More]

Economy & Business

A bright future for downstream petroleum in Sierra Leone

Lansana Fofanah: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 October 2019: The appointment of Dr. Brima Baluwa Koroma by President Julius Maada Bio to head the Petroleum Regulatory Agency (PRA) – an institution that accounts for 15% of the country’s domestic revenue, has brought transformation to the Agency. With a population of 7 [Read More]

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