Thursday 23 November 2017
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Major palm oil grower Golden Veroleum plans to invest up to $1.6 billion in Sierra Leone in what promises to be the second largest investment in the industry here. The subsidiary of the US-based Verdant Fund LP, which is controlled by the Singapore-listed palm oil giant Golden Agri-Resources, is eying over half a million hectares of land eventually. But Golden Veroleum director David Rothschild said in Freetown they will start with 20,000 hectares. “We are negotiating a 50-60 years lease agreement with the government and locals in the South and Eastern Regions, especially Kenema and Pujehun districts," he was quoted saying in a statement released by the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) on Thursday. "Our initial investment...
(Awareness Times 06/21/13)
A high-powered delegation led by His Excellency the President, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma and other members of the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) party will be visiting the town of ‘Mile-91’ in Constituency 62 in the Yoni chiefdom, Tonkolili district this afternoon of June 20, 2013 in order to address APC supporters ahead of the Parliamentary Bye-Elections slated for June 29th 2013. The APC’s candidate Aaron Koroma is facing a challenge from another APC member John Gbla who is running as an independent candidate. Speaking in an exclusive brief chat with this newspaper last evening at his State House offices, President Ernest Bai Koroma said he was hopeful that his presence in the town today will see positive results emerge...
(Cocorioko 06/21/13)
President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma will lead an eight-man delegation to China on Monday 24th June to attend the 2nd World Peace Forum at the citadel of learning in mainland China, Tsinghua University. As one of the keynote speakers, President Koroma is expected to deliver a speech at the opening session of the Forum on the theme “International Security in a Changing World: Innovation, Coordination, Development”. This event is likely to attract national Chinese leaders as well as leaders of other country. Whilst in Beijing, His Excellency Dr Ernest Bai Koroma will on Wednesday, June 26th meet with Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People. He will attend a welcome...
(Awareness Times 06/21/13)
The Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Hon. Minkailu Mansaray, and the Director General of the National Minerals Agency, Sahr Wonday, have succeeded in putting Sierra Leone on the international radar by attracting the attention of investors and the international media, following an excellent exposition of the country’s rich minerals endowment and minerals sector reforms at the just concluded West Africa Mining Investment Summit in London from 4th to 5th June 2013. Minister Minkailu Mansaray, while addressing the summit, explained that Sierra Leone is richly endowed with minerals such as chromite, iron ore, platinum, gold, diamond, bauxite, rutile, ilmenite, zircon, base metals and rare earth elements such as columbite – tantalite (coltan); and that, to attract the right kind of...
(Sierra Express media 06/21/13)
Freetown, (SLENA) – The newly appointed Minister of Transport and Aviation, Leonard Balogu Koroma has opined that no country in the world will succeed in its economic and overall development strides without a robust transportation system. In this regard, Mr. Balogu Koroma said a lot of actions needed to be undertaken towards the administrative system in the transport and aviation sectors to march up with international standards. Responding to a handing over remarks by his predecessor, Vandy Chid Minah now Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to UN in New York, Mr. Balogu Koroma expressed grave concern over the security situation at the Queen Elizabeth11quay and the Lungi airport that does not auger well for the development of the country. He cited...
(Sierra Express media 06/21/13)
The latest high profile corruption scandal which dominated the media for weeks is now playing out at the Freetown High Court. A total of 29 officials, the vast majority from the Ministry of Health have been indicted by the country’s anti-graft body for misappropriating hundreds of thousands of aid dollar. These funds were provided by the GAVI Alliance, a global health partnership working to increase access to immunisation in poor countries. All accused persons have made initial appearances at the high court and full trial is now underway for some. Of note at the initial appearance was the manner in which the court dealt with the issue of bail for some of the accused persons. One of them, a principal...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
A man suspected of heavy involvement in the transfer of arms and “blood diamonds” during Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war has been found living in the capital city, Freetown. Rights groups are calling for a criminal investigation of Ibrahim Bah, who was a top associate of former Liberian president Charles Taylor during the conflict. Senegalese national, Ibrahim Bah, has been under a U.N. travel ban since 2004 for his alleged role in helping former Liberian president Charles Taylor support Sierra Leone’s Revolutionary United Front rebel group. That support helped destabilize the country, while granting Taylor access to Sierra Leone's diamonds. Last year, the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone found Taylor guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, sentencing...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(AFP (eng) 06/21/13)
President Barack Obama begins his African tour in Senegal next week in the heart of a region becoming a focus for federal agents prosecuting the US war on the international drugs trade. Investigators from the DEA, America's anti-narcotics agency, have made a series of high-profile and dramatic arrests in West Africa as part of a widening probe of African druglords as well as armed rebels in South America. Derek Maltz, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Special Operations Division that targets global drug crime, described trafficking in the region as a "plague" as he announced charges against suspected smugglers from Nigeria and Ghana on June 3. "These criminal groups and their facilitators pose a direct threat to the safety and...
(Awoko 06/20/13)
RaymondA delegation from a palm oil production company with operations in Liberia, Golden Veroleum has expressed keen interest in Sierra Leone’s palm oil endowment with a promise to invest US$1.6b in oil palm production in the South and Eastern Regions of the country. The delegation met with President Koroma and other Government officials at State House yesterday, Wednesday, 19th June 2013 to discuss their business plan. At a meeting with a cross section of executives of the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) at Tower Hill in Freetown, the Executive Director of SLIEPA, Patrick Caulker welcomed the delegation and spoke about the business opportunities available in the country. He recalled that in 2010 SLIEPA organized a targeted road...
(New Democrat 06/20/13)
Human Rights Watch has called on the government of Sierra Leone to open a criminal investigation into an associate of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. At least 50,000 people were killed during Sierra Leone’s civil war, which ended in 2002. Taylor was sentenced last year by a U.N. special court to 50 years in prison for aiding and abetting crimes against humanity committed by rebel forces in the country during the conflict. Human Rights Watch said Taylor’s associate, Ibrahim Bah, was seen in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. The rights group said he’s suspected of arming rebels during the 11-year civil war. “Now that Bah has been located in Freetown, Sierra Leone authorities should promptly open a criminal investigation,”...
(Awoko 06/20/13)
The Center for the Coordination of Youth Activities (CCYA) has ended a-one day capacity training for 45 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) around the country to increase their capacities on how to engage in public finance accountability issues to enhance the economic and social development of Sierra Leoneans. According to CCYA’s Executive Director, Ngolo Katta, the training is to build the capacities of the target CSOs to understand public finance management, revenue mobilization, expenditure and audits. During the training yesterday, Tuesday, 18th June at Santanno House at Howe street in Freetown, Mr. Katta said the training will stimulate national dialogue on public accountability and transparency in a bid to create opportunity for advocacy using the media and for lobbying using state...
(Awoko 06/20/13)
MinkailuThe Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray, and the Director General of the National Minerals Agency (NMA), Sahr Wonday, have succeeded in putting Sierra Leone’s minerals endowment and the country’s impressive investment climate on the international radar which has attracted foreign investment in the country. The duo were able to make their impressive presentations to an assemblage of foreign investors from different parts of the world during the just concluded West Africa Mining Investment Summit in London from 4th to 5th June 2013. Minister Minkailu Mansaray, while addressing the summit, explained that Sierra Leone is richly endowed with minerals such as chromite, iron ore, platinum, gold, diamond, bauxite, rutile, ilmenite, zircon, base metals and rare earth elements...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(Cocorioko 06/20/13)
Electricity access and consumption in Sierra Leone are among the lowest in Africa. As a driver of economic growth, improving access to electricity is prominent in Sierra Leone’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. Sierra Leone’s limited and ageing power infrastructure base in generation, transmission and distribution, is a major constraint to expand electricity access in the country, which remains below 10 percent. Sparse coverage and unreliable service particularly exacerbates poverty conditions. Public electricity services are limited to selected areas. To ameliorate these problems, the World Bank approved the Energy Access Project on January 31, 2013. Today, June 20, 2013 the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank have signed a Grant Agreement of USD 16 million...
(Xinhuanet 06/19/13)
FREETOWN, (Xinhua) -- Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma will visit China at the end of June, the Chinese Embassy in Freetown said on Tuesday. Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Kuang Weilin told journalists here that President Koroma was invited by Tsinghua University to attend the World Peace Conference in Beijing, capital city of China. During President Koroma's visit to China, he is expected to hold bilateral discussions with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and meet some potential investors. This visit is very significant for both countries this year which marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Sierra Leone. Trade volume of the two countries from January to October 2012 hit 648 million U. S. dollars, 224...
(Hrw 06/19/13)
The Sierra Leone authorities should open a criminal investigation of a suspected arms supplier for his alleged involvement in international crimes during Sierra Leone’s civil war. This would be Sierra Leone’s first purely domestic prosecution in relation to war crimes or crimes against humanity committed during its 11-year armed conflict, which ended in 2002. Ibrahim Bah, also known as Ibrahim Balde, is a Senegalese national who allegedly provided arms and materiel to the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF), according to a United Nations panel of experts and the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. The RUF committed widespread and systematic abuses against civilians characterized by murder, mutilation, amputation, torture, rape, and forced abductions during the war. “Ibrahim Bah was allegedly...
(Sierra Express media 06/19/13)
British Airways is increasing its West African schedule and will soon be adding a fourth weekly flight to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The announcement comes just nine months after the airline started operating on the routes and will add 33% more capacity between Freetown and London. Departing on Friday mornings the new flight will arrive at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 at 1600h on Friday afternoon, allowing same-day connections to onward destinations including the USA; saving the need for an overnight transit and visa. The new service, which starts on 31 October, will use Boeing 767 aircraft in a three-cabin configuration; World Traveller, World Traveller Plus and Club World. Noting that it is unusual to add more flights so soon after starting...
(Sierra Express media 06/19/13)
Monday June 17, a boat loaded with illicitly mined Zircon sand from Tisana and Mobureh in Moyamba District reportedly landed at the Tombo wharf, escorted by a Mines Warden called Mr. Feika, the Section Chief of Tasso, Kain Mamah who resides in Tisana and Mr. Issa Mansaray, all of whom are said to have been recently released from the Moyamba police where they are reported to have spent two days for attacking and assaulting and injuring an Indian Investor, Dominic Herold, and vandalizing his dwelling at Tisana. The three men were said to have been released due to the intervention of certain dignitaries while the injured Indian continues to perish with his injury and the police are yet to charge...

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