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Parliament Ratifies Agreements
Written by Department of Public Relations Parliament of Sierra Leone OAU Drive, Tower Hill Freetown Tel: 076840285/077669726/078495023/078426851   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 15:12

24th May, 2016: The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 24th May 2016, after a protracted debate, unanimously approved two agreements for the expansion and strengthening of the agricultural sector through commercialization.

The following agreements were ratified by Parliament:

I. Financing agreement (smallholder commercialization and agri-business development project) between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the International Development Association, dated 14th March, 2016, credit number 5767-SL and

II. Project agreement (smallholder commercialization and agri-business development project) between the International Development Association and Apex Bank Limited, dated 14th March, 2016, credit number 5767-SL

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HRCSL HOLDS 2ND REFERRAL PARTNERSHIP MEETING
Written by Expotimes   
Thursday, 26 May 2016 15:06

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Tuesday May 24th held its second referral partnership meeting at the Santanno House, Howe Street.

 Explaining the purpose of the partnership meeting, the Vice Chairperson of HRCSL, Daphne Olu Williams said it was to obtain information from referred partners on the progress of cases referred to them, to educate and encourage referral partners to have proper records of matters referred. Commissioner Olu-Williams further stated it was to identify and discuss possible challenges faced by referral partners in handling matters, to educate them in handling matters and to educate them on the mandate of HRCSL.
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NRA Donates to Gbomsamba
Written by Ann Marie Dumbuya   
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 09:52

When it comes to being benevolent and giving to charity and vulnerable groups, one institution that comes to mind is the National Revenue Authority (NRA). The Commissioner-General of the NRA, Madam Haja Kallah-Kamara, has always maintained that the institution believes in the fulfillment of its corporate social responsibility.

She has stated on numerous occasions that NRA’s corporate social responsibility programmes are designed to change lives and take prosperity to people. The NRA according to Madam Kallah-Kamara empowers people to help eradicate poverty.

Last weekend, the people of Gbomsamba received generous donations from the NRA. The Chief of Gbomsamba, Pa Alimamy Turay praised the NRA Boss for the donation of food items including rice, sugar, onions, oil and provisions.

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"Confucius Institute at FBC Is Symbol of Growing China-Sierra Leone Friendship"-Amb. Kumba Momoh
Written by John Baimba Sesay   
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 09:49
Sierra Leone's deputy Envoy to the People's Republic of China,  has referred the establishment of a Confucius Institute at Fourah Bay College (FBC),  University of Sierra Leone (USL) four years ago as “a symbol of the growing China-Sierra Leone friendship” with the university being the fore runner institution.
 
Madam Kumba Alice Momoh was speaking on Monday, 23 May, 2016, at a forum hosted at Gannan Normal University, Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province. The forum was centered on “The Confucius Institute: A Facilitator of Educational and Cultural Communication between China and Sierra Leone.”
 
According to Madam Momoh, Confucius Institute plays a crucial role in furthering the development cooperation between the two countries in the area of cultural exchanges, adding that its establishment in Sierra Leone as in most African countries came as a follow-up measure “to the resolution of the 2012 FOCAC Ministerial Conference.
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President Koroma Opens International Conference on Women in Leadership
Written by State House Communication Unit   
Tuesday, 24 May 2016 09:43

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 23, 2016// --President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma opened the International Conference “Women Engineering Change, Accelerating the Peace in Achieving Results, Touching and Changing Lives and Contributing to Sustainable Development” organized by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs in collaboration with UN Women, Plan International, Food and Agricultural Organization and World Food Programme to look into issues of women’s empowerment and gender equality across the globe.

The 3-day event (from 23rd to 25th May) hosted at the Bintumani International Conference Center in Aberdeen, seeks to develop strategies for effectively addressing obstacles in securing and sustaining a critical mass of women in leadership and decision-making positions.

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Editorial

2016 Global Peace Conference to be held in Freetown---as IPRA 50th Birthday confab ends in Istanbul

 

The 26th biennal conference of the Internatonal Peace Research Association (IPRA) is billed to take place in  Freetown, Sierra Leone in November 2016, marking the second time Africa has hosted the conference since the founding of IPRA in 1964. This was announced following the re-election of  the two IPRA Secretaries-general, Dr Ibrahim Seaga Shaw (pictured) and Dr Nesrin Kenar, who co-ordinated the 25th  IPRA conference in Turkey,  at the organisation’s administrative meeting on August 14 during the 25th  IPRA  conference in Istanbul  to serve a second term of two years.

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Business News

New United Nations study finds digital payments to Ebola response workers saved lives and $10 million

By using digital payments to pay Ebola response workers, Sierra Leone massively cut payment times, avoiding large-scale strikes and ensuring a stable workforce to defeat Ebola.  Sierra Leone’s experience shows the critical importance of preparing early for digital payments before crises hit.

FREETOWN / NEW YORK, 18 May, 2016 – Mobile phones serving as digital “wallets” for payments to response workers proved an invaluable tool in Sierra Leone’s response to the Ebola crisis, according to a new study from the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance

With economic instability, natural disasters and political conflict now taking place at unprecedented rates, the new research offers valuable lessons on how to harness the power of technology to help emergency workers reach more people by paying them digitally during crises.The country has been Ebola free since January.

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Media News

SLAJ ELECTORAL COMMISSION (SLAJEC) Press Release

Freetown, May 20th 2016: The Sierra Leone Association of Journalists Electoral Commission (SLAJEC) wishes to inform the membership of SLAJ that it received a letter dated 17th May, 2016 from Ibrahim Brima Samura, the Campaign Manager of the "Stanley Bangura for SLAJ President 2016 Campaign Team," "petitioning the SLAJ Verification Process."

SLAJEC would like to inform the membership of SLAJ that it would treat the petition with the seriousness it deserves. Therefore, SLAJEC is in consultations with all relevant actors within the Association and the National Elections Commissions (NEC) with the object to settling the matter amicably.     

To that end, SLAJEC has asked the executive of SLAJ to kindly extend the deadline for payment of dues to Tuesday, 24th May, 2016 to give the Commission additional time to look into the allegations raised, and to come up with a decision that would inform the compilation of the final voter register. In addition, the extension of the deadline would enable some members of SLAJ to meet their financial obligations to the Association, which is a fundamental perquisite for the exercise of their franchise on June 4.

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Commentary

A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENNCY THE PRESIDENT – 41ST EDITION SALARIES AND WAGES AS THEY BOTHER ON CORRUPTION

Your Excellency Sir,

I am delighted again to do you this piece at this strategic time of a crucial global summit on corruption at Buckingham Palace, United Kingdom, convened by Prime Minister David Cameran of Great Britain. Without controversy, corruption is a global phenomenon that is robbing people and nations of the earth, especially in Africa, of greater opportunities, rapid and sustainable economic development, political stability, equitable society, formidable peace and security.
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View Point

DID SLPP LEARN GOOD LESSONS FROM ADP FLAGBEARERSHIP CONVENTION?

Every day we learn to live and we live to learn, particularly from both present and past events, be they good or bad. But looking at things, it seems as if the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) deliberately refusing to learn from both present and past happenings in the world, especially in the country’s political activities. They seemingly refusing to learn good lessons from the world’s every day events, especially political events, including Europe, America and African politics.

In view of that they also seems not to learn from their present and past mistakes for the success of their party in the country. Therefore, I am constrained to say that they seemingly failed to do that because of their personal prides and political egos of some of their members. They (SLPP) know why they are losing elections to APC, but they always turn blind eyes to that pretending not knowing anything about that at their own expense.

The SLPP know that they normally lose elections to APC because they do not believe in working very hard with honesty for the people in the country like what APC is currently doing. They spent complete 11 years in power but they did very little for the country and for its people, particularly in terms of the improvement of electricity (Kabbah tiger), good hospital facilities, good roads etc.

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News - Press Release

HRCSL HOLDS 2ND REFERRAL PARTNERSHIP MEETING

The Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone (HRCSL) on Tuesday May 24th held its second referral partnership meeting at the Santanno House, Howe Street.

 Explaining the purpose of the partnership meeting, the Vice Chairperson of HRCSL, Daphne Olu Williams said it was to obtain information from referred partners on the progress of cases referred to them, to educate and encourage referral partners to have proper records of matters referred. Commissioner Olu-Williams further stated it was to identify and discuss possible challenges faced by referral partners in handling matters, to educate them in handling matters and to educate them on the mandate of HRCSL.
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Society -Local News

NRA Donates to Gbomsamba

When it comes to being benevolent and giving to charity and vulnerable groups, one institution that comes to mind is the National Revenue Authority (NRA). The Commissioner-General of the NRA, Madam Haja Kallah-Kamara, has always maintained that the institution believes in the fulfillment of its corporate social responsibility.

She has stated on numerous occasions that NRA’s corporate social responsibility programmes are designed to change lives and take prosperity to people. The NRA according to Madam Kallah-Kamara empowers people to help eradicate poverty.

Last weekend, the people of Gbomsamba received generous donations from the NRA. The Chief of Gbomsamba, Pa Alimamy Turay praised the NRA Boss for the donation of food items including rice, sugar, onions, oil and provisions.

Read more...

Development

President Koroma Opens International Conference on Women in Leadership

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, May 23, 2016// --President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma opened the International Conference “Women Engineering Change, Accelerating the Peace in Achieving Results, Touching and Changing Lives and Contributing to Sustainable Development” organized by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs in collaboration with UN Women, Plan International, Food and Agricultural Organization and World Food Programme to look into issues of women’s empowerment and gender equality across the globe.

The 3-day event (from 23rd to 25th May) hosted at the Bintumani International Conference Center in Aberdeen, seeks to develop strategies for effectively addressing obstacles in securing and sustaining a critical mass of women in leadership and decision-making positions.

Read more...

Politics

Parliament Ratifies Agreements

24th May, 2016: The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Tuesday 24th May 2016, after a protracted debate, unanimously approved two agreements for the expansion and strengthening of the agricultural sector through commercialization.

The following agreements were ratified by Parliament:

I. Financing agreement (smallholder commercialization and agri-business development project) between the Republic of Sierra Leone and the International Development Association, dated 14th March, 2016, credit number 5767-SL and

II. Project agreement (smallholder commercialization and agri-business development project) between the International Development Association and Apex Bank Limited, dated 14th March, 2016, credit number 5767-SL

Read more...
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