Japan pledges $1 Billion loan for private sector development in Africa

1 June 2012 Japan’s Senior Vice Minister of Finance, Yukihisa Fujita, announced on the 30th May, 2012, at the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Annual Meeting, the Japanese government’s intention to provide another $1 Billion, over the next five years for a second phase of the Enhanced Private Sector Assistance (EPSA) [Read More]


Sierra Leone engages China – Africa Development Fund on potential investment opportunities

John Pa Baimba Sesay – Information Attaché, China 1 June 2012 Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China has commenced talks with the China-Africa Development Fund (CADFund). The discussions will explore potential investment opportunities in Sierra Leone. With representative offices in four African countries – South Africa, Ethiopia, [Read More]

News in Perspective

Deputy Speaker of Parliament bags national award

31 May 2012 Despite enjoying a majority party support, there are few APC stalwarts in the wells of Sierra Leone’s parliament, whose staunch and unwavering loyalty to president Koroma, can be compared to that of the Deputy Speaker – Victor Chukuma Johnson. And although he was once labelled as president Koroma’s ‘bogeyman’ [Read More]

News in Perspective

3rd June 2007 – a very sad day for football in Sierra Leone and relations with the people of Togo

31 May 2012 When those in power, responsible for ensuring that the system of checks and balances in society are adhered to, regulations, legislations and standards are followed to the letter, choose instead to turn a blind eye and renege on their responsibility, the result is chaos, impunity and rampant [Read More]

News in Perspective

Taylor gaoled for 50 years: “Due process is the best defence we have for the weak, the greatest hope for the vulnerable”

30 May 2012 Worldwide reaction to the sentencing today of former Liberian warlord – Charles Taylor, by the Special Court sitting at The Hague, has been swift. Mr. Ian Hughes, the British High Commissioner in Sierra Leone had this to say: This morning Mr Justice Lussick, the Presiding Judge in [Read More]


Charles Taylor sentenced to 50 years for brutalising the people of Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 30 May 2012: Former president of Liberia and notorious warlord in the West African sub-region, has this morning received a whopping 50 years prison sentence, passed by the Trial Chamber at The Hague. He was found guilty last month of aiding and abetting the murderous RUF and [Read More]

Economy & Business

Youth employment and private sector development are key to Africa’s economic growth

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 29 May 2012 The African Development Bank (AfDB) yesterday, Monday, 28 May, in Arusha – Tanzania, launched its ‘African Economic Outlook (AEO)’ Report, in collaboration with the OECD Development Centre, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), says the [Read More]


Sierra Leone’s Civil Service – how did it all go so badly wrong (part two)?

25 May 2012 The debate as to when and how it all went wrong for Sierra Leone’s once thriving and highly acclaimed public sector, cannot be pursued without reference to the country’s history, in particular its political development. Although the debate is usually highly polarized and tainted by partisan politics, [Read More]

News in Perspective

The decay of the Sierra Leone Civil Service – when did it all go so badly wrong?

24 May 2012 The deplorable performance of Sierra Leone’s public sector is unlikely to become one of the hot issues certain to get to the top of the political agenda as the polls draw closer, nor is it like to exercise the minds of the electorate on 17th November. It [Read More]