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Sierra Leone - Renewable Energy: Three African Renewable Energy Projects Announced as Winners of the US$7million Access Co-Development Facility Prize
Written by press statement   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:18
  • Three winners to share US$7million prize and deliver 100 MW of clean energy to 340, 000 homes
  • Record breaking participation – 96 entries spanning 25 countries across Africa

LONDON, United Kingdom, June 24, 2016/ -- Access Power (“Access”) (www.Access-Power.com), a developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects in emerging markets, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 US$7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF), a financial support mechanism for renewable energy projects in Africa.

Three projects from Nigeria, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone, fought off fierce competition from almost 100 entries to win a share of US$7million prize. The prize also includes a package of technical support designed to bring their renewable energy projects to life.

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Her Majesty The Queen honours the achievements of The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners 2016
Written by press statement   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:06

On Thursday evening, 23 June 2016, The Queen presented an award to the 2016 Queen’s Young Leader from Sierra Leone in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness Prince Harry attended the event in support of The Queen, which recognised exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are making lasting change in their communities.

Former Prime Minister and Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major, David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry were also in attendance.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prince Harry said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders award recognises what you have achieved, not for yourselves, but for your communities, for your peers, and for those less fortunate.

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PRESIDENT KOROMA, CHIEF OF STAFF, HEALTH AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES VINDICATED!!
Written by press statement   
Saturday, 25 June 2016 19:24

When His Excellency, the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma was launching his Presidential campaign as far back as 2007, he told the entire nation that he will be running the country using a ‘’business’’ approach if the people elect him into the highly coveted office of President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Grand Commander of the Republic, Fountain of Honour and Commander of the Armed Force.

Many people at that time interpreted the his words in the most literal sense of the word business; buying and selling, and could not think beyond that to figure out the message he was actually trying to convey. You can buy and sell and make a loss in the process. In that case you are still doing business but not a profitable and therefore a sustainable one. This is not the type of business that the President was talking about. He was talking about a sustainable business model that will bring about positive change in the lives of his countrymen.

The Service Level Agreement (SLA) launched by His Excellency the President on the 3rd July 2015, strongly supported by the Office of the Chief of Staff, and jointly implemented by the Ministries of Health and Local Government is an example of the business model of governance that the President was talking about and continues to champion as Head of State. As with any transformative initiative, it was not easy for the President’s initiative to be embraced. Some saw it as a way for the government to police the Implementing Partners (IPs) commonly known as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), while others saw the initiative as an attack on their usual way of doing things and hence their livelihoods. So they did everything under the sun to discourage the initiative from ‘’holding water’’.

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Livelihood skills and monthly stipends for Ebola survivors
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Thursday, 23 June 2016 19:38

The United Nations Development Programme and the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs have today jointly signed the Annual Work Plan (AWP) with budget of US$1,436,000 for the Social Rehabilitation and Payment to Ebola Survivors Project.

The overall objective of the project is conflict prevention and resilience building, throughaddressing vulnerabilities and social marginalization affecting EVD Survivors, with funding provided by the Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF).

This UNDP and UNWomenjoint project,which targets 2,500 survivors (focused on women and children), will be implemented in the hardest-hit districts in Sierra Leone. The project board consists of representatives from UNDP, UNWOMEN, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) and the Sierra Leone Association of Ebola Survivors (SLAES).The board provides strategic direction andproject oversight.

The project will provide livelihood skills and monthly stipend to beneficiaries over a fixed time period, at the end of the skills trainings beneficiaries would be presented startup kits in their different pursued livelihood skills.

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SIERRA LEONE DELEGATION TO ACP-EU COUNTRIES RETURNS TO FREETOWN
Written by Department of Public Relations Parliament of Sierra Leone OAU Drive, Tower Hill Freetown Tel: 076840285/077669726/078495023/078426851   
Thursday, 23 June 2016 19:21
The Sierra Leone Parliamentary Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly has returned from Namibia, where they participated in meetings regarding the ACP-EU. The meetings were held at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek from the 8th-15th of this month.
 
Members of the Sierra Leone Delegation are Hon. Ibrahim R. Bundu-Chairman, Hon. Helen Kuyembeh-Member, Hon. Alpha B. Lewally-Member and Mohamed Koroma, secretary to delegation. The Sierra Leone Ambassador to the EU and the BENELUX, Hon. Ibrahim Sorie also joined the Delegation in Namibia.
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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

Information Minister arrives in Beijing, pursues investment in SLBC’s digitalization
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communications has assured of his committed zest towards transforming the sector especially in the area of digital television, making  clear, that when the country's public broadcaster- SLBC goes digital, it  should be viewed as a development for the country and not for the President or himself as Minister.
 
Mohamed Bangura spoke on Friday 17th June, 2016, in Beijing, during a meeting with the Chairman of StarTimes Communication Network Technology, a company that had, earlier expressed the desire to invest its financial resources in Sierra Leone by providing Sierra Leoneans access to quality and affordable digital television.
 
According to Minister Bangura, Sierra Leone has been working towards digitalizing SLBC but  faced with challenges among which the ebola outbreak, which he said, even prevented the country from meeting the 2015 deadline given by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the realization of digitalization of television broadcasting by Member States.
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Commentary

UNTIMELY DEATH OF SLPP SUPPORTER IN KENEMA: DID THE YOUTHS OF SIERRA LEONE LEARN GOOD LESSONS?

In as much I am always making a follow up with keen interest on the daily events of the country, especially social and political happenings, so I am also too concerned about the safety and security of the precious lives of my fellow Sierra Leoneans in and out of the country, especially those living in the country. The fact is, those living in the country are really living in a very pathetic situation, particularly because of the aftermaths of the 11years of brutal civil war and the recent Ebola Virus devastating effects in the country’s economy.

The senseless brutal war and the recent Ebola outbreak had destroyed the fabric of the country’s socio-economic development completely. Therefore, it is really too dishearten and painful, now that President Ernst Koroma and his APC government are fighting tooth and nail to improve the already battered economy, some enemies of peace, progress and development Sierra Leoneans are seemingly or deliberately still refusing to learn good lessons from such untold suffering periods in the country. Because of tribalism, regional interests, political hatred and hungry for political power at the detriment of the poor nation.

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View Point

A PASSIONATE LETTER TO HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT – 42ND EDITION: RELIABLE ENERGY AND HUMAN RESOURCE BUILDING – BEDROCKS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Your Excellency Sir,
As my current contribution to nation building, I would not relent in presenting my views on issues pertinent to commoners’ interests and/or community/ national progress.
 
In this piece I will deliberate on the need for building reliable energy and human resource capacities as extremely crucial bedrocks for sustainable national development.
 
For any economy in this modern/industrial age to thrive and flourish, the need for a nationally driven, functional and sustainable energy supply cannot be overemphasized. Industrialization and investment in Africa are tilting much from raw resource exploitation and exporting, to building secondary/tertiary industries in the various countries of exploitation and investment.    This ensures adding value to our primary resources, as well as creating much needed employment in a country where youth unemployment is ever increasing. For example, Botswana has advanced their diamond mining industry from exporting the primary/raw material to where it is being cut, polished, exhibited and sold in Botswana – adding greater value to this commodity, as well as creating more employment opportunities in the country. This should be a queue for other African countries to take in all other areas of investments.
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News - Press Release

Her Majesty The Queen honours the achievements of The Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners 2016

On Thursday evening, 23 June 2016, The Queen presented an award to the 2016 Queen’s Young Leader from Sierra Leone in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. His Royal Highness Prince Harry attended the event in support of The Queen, which recognised exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth who are making lasting change in their communities.

Former Prime Minister and Chairman of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Sir John Major, David Beckham and Sir Lenny Henry were also in attendance.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prince Harry said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders award recognises what you have achieved, not for yourselves, but for your communities, for your peers, and for those less fortunate.

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Society -Local News

Ambassador A.P Koroma Attends International Cultural Festival
Sierra Leone's Envoy to China on Saturday 18th June, 2016, joined hundreds of guests from across the world  in witnessing an International Cultural festival in Beijing, China's capital. 
 
Du Yi International Festival is a cultural event held by an African and Sierra Leonean host Ada Yang and his Chinese husband and Arts Painter, Yang Yan.
 
At the event, HE Ambassador Koroma called for greater cooperation between China and Sierra Leone in the area of cultural exchanges, underscoring the point that culture and marriage have no boundaries.
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Development

Sierra Leone - Renewable Energy: Three African Renewable Energy Projects Announced as Winners of the US$7million Access Co-Development Facility Prize
  • Three winners to share US$7million prize and deliver 100 MW of clean energy to 340, 000 homes
  • Record breaking participation – 96 entries spanning 25 countries across Africa

LONDON, United Kingdom, June 24, 2016/ -- Access Power (“Access”) (www.Access-Power.com), a developer, owner and operator of renewable power projects in emerging markets, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 US$7 million Access Co-Development Facility (ACF), a financial support mechanism for renewable energy projects in Africa.

Three projects from Nigeria, Madagascar, and Sierra Leone, fought off fierce competition from almost 100 entries to win a share of US$7million prize. The prize also includes a package of technical support designed to bring their renewable energy projects to life.

Read more...

Politics

SIERRA LEONE DELEGATION TO ACP-EU COUNTRIES RETURNS TO FREETOWN
The Sierra Leone Parliamentary Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly has returned from Namibia, where they participated in meetings regarding the ACP-EU. The meetings were held at the Safari Hotel in Windhoek from the 8th-15th of this month.
 
Members of the Sierra Leone Delegation are Hon. Ibrahim R. Bundu-Chairman, Hon. Helen Kuyembeh-Member, Hon. Alpha B. Lewally-Member and Mohamed Koroma, secretary to delegation. The Sierra Leone Ambassador to the EU and the BENELUX, Hon. Ibrahim Sorie also joined the Delegation in Namibia.
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