Economy & Business

Sierra Leone president Bio in Abu Dhabi for Summit – will investors come to Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 12 January 2020: Sierra Leone’s president Julius Maada Bio has arrived in Abu Dhabi where he is attending the Sustainability Week Summit 2020, on the invitation of the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi – Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The Abu Dhabi Sustainability [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone government – Chinese rice corruption scandal – ‘Chinagate’ ministers sacked

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 10 January 2020: State House in Freetown today issued a press statement reporting that President Bio has this afternoon sacked four of his senior government ministers and officials. The sacking State House said, relates to serious allegations of corruption involving the sale of several tons of rice donated [Read More]

Economy & Business

Extreme events are reversing development goals – Op-ed

Patricia Scotland (Commonwealth Secretary-General): Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 January 2020: Cyclones in the Caribbean and Pacific, devastating bushfires in Australia, recurrent floods and droughts in Asia and Africa, increasingly bring tragic loss of life to our nations and communities, inflicting physical and mental trauma on survivors, and causing irreparable damage [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone’s energy minister woos renewable energy investors in Abu Dhabi

Austine Luseni: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 January 2020: Sierra Leone’s Minister of Energy and Power, Alhajie Kanja Sesay has left Freetown for Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on the invitation of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to take part in the agency’s tenth session and related [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone government bank threatened by cyber attack

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 7 January 2020: On Sunday, 5th January 2020,  Sierra Leone government’s Commercial Bank published a statement informing its customers that its website had been attacked by unknown persons. But there are suspicions that the attack may have come as a result of US killing of Iranian military [Read More]

Economy & Business

Large fire destroys property at Freetown’s central district

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 6 January 2020: A large fire engulfed the Public Works Department building at Pademba Road in central Freetown – just yards away from the country’s main Pademba Road Prison last Saturday, threatening to destroy hundreds of nearby commercial properties and private dwellings. The cause of the fire [Read More]

Economy & Business

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation – welcome home Idris Elba

Abdulai Mansaray: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 28 December 2019: If Sierra Leone was a patient, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan would reveal that our country is in dire need of urgent surgery to repair its image. It is not surprising then that in the last decade, “rebranding” was a watchword [Read More]

Economy & Business

Sierra Leone government signs more MOUs as millions go hungry

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 23 December 2019: This Christmas is going to be very painful for millions of Sierra Leoneans, who have patiently waited for almost two years for the newly elected government of president Julius Maada Bio to turn the economy around. With fewer than 40% of young people in [Read More]

Economy & Business

Is the Sierra Leone government on the cusp of its next digital evolution?

Dr. Emmanuel Johnson PhD: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 20 December 2019: The parliament of Representatives in Sierra Leone should enact the Modernizing Government Technology Act, and 2019-2020 budget negotiations are soon to begin. The Bio administration now moves beyond merely improving agency operations to invest in new digital services that enhance [Read More]