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IMF 2021 Country Report : Public Investment Management Assessment

IMF 2021 Country Report : Public Investment Management Assessment

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IMF 2021 Country Report : Public Investment Management Assessment

Sierra Leone has made significant strides to rebuild its public infrastructure after the devastating civil war, but the desperate infrastructure needs remain. At the end of the conflict in 2002, the country was left with virtually no infrastructure. Redevelopment of public infrastructure was ignited by the mining boom, which started in the late 2000s. Over the period 2008−18, public investment averaged 6.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), which has translated into an estimated capital stock of about 65 percent in constant 2011 GDP. However, a level of public investment is still lower than neighboring countries by about one percentage point. The level of capital stock per capita is one of the lowest in the region, only slightly above that of Liberia. Some districts still have no paved roads, no electricity, and no water systems, almost 20 years after the war.

𝐍𝐚𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐂 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚, 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐥, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐚

𝐍𝐚𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐂 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚, 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐥, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐚

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𝐍𝐚𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐂 𝐢𝐬𝐬𝐮𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐨𝐫𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚, 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐳𝐢𝐥, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐀𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐚

In the last few weeks, the Government of Sierra Leone has been following the COVID-19 situation globally with increasing concern. While case counts have plateaued in some countries, other countries have had high transmission and an exponential increase in cases, which has been attributed to new variants of the SARS COV-2 virus.

In order to prevent the entry into Sierra Leone of these variants, as from Wednesday May 12, 2021, NaCOVERC will institute additional protective measures on travel between Sierra Leone and countries known to have high SARS-COV-2 transmission, a sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, and/or circulation of variants of Public Health concern.

NaCOVERC will take necessary action to identify countries based on operational review on a weekly basis as new evidence emerges.

Travel from Sierra Leone

NaCOVERC advises against all but essential travel to Countries with High Transmission, Exponential Increase in Cases, and/or Circulation of SARS COV-2 (COVID-19) Variants

of Public Health Concern at this time. Anyone who cannot avoid travelling to these countries should:

  1. Get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before traveling
  2. Follow all universal prevention precautions for SARS-CoV-2, which include:

o Wearing a mask over nose and mouth at all times when in public. o Avoiding crowds and stay at least 1 meter from others. o Washing hands frequently or using hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol). o Seeking immediate help on developing COVID-19 symptoms or getting in contact with a COVID-19 case.

Travel to Sierra Leone

Anyone traveling to Sierra Leone who has been from any Country with High Transmission, Exponential Increase in Cases, and/or Circulation of SARS COV-2 (COVID-19) Variants

of Public Health Concern in the past 14 days (excluding airport transit) will be required to:

Government of Japan commits USD$700 000 for impact of COVID -19 on child rights

Government of Japan commits USD$700 000 for impact of COVID -19 on child rights

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Government of Japan commits USD$700 000 for impact of COVID -19 on child rights

 


The Government of Japan has committed USD$700 000.00, to the Government of Sierra Leone’s programme, Response to the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on child-rights and resilience building in Sierra Leone.
Japan’s contribution will enable UNICEF to support Government in mitigating the immediate and prolonged impact of COVID-19 on the nutritional status and protection of vulnerable children in Sierra Leone, including through undertaking an assessment of the nutrition situation of children under-five and women of reproductive age in the lean season of 2021 to inform an evidence-based, updated COVID-19 nutrition response plan.
“This new grant affirms the Government of Japan and UNICEF in the efforts to respond to the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on child-rights and resilience building in Sierra Leone especially in the hard to reach area. We, the Government of Japan, have supported the people in Sierra Leone through UNICEF for years. This grant is further a proof of sustained commitment that Japan remains a key partner in Sierra Leone and fights against the global pandemic.” said H.E. Himeno Tsutomu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of Sierra Leone.
According to the Sierra Leone Emergency Food Security Monitoring System (2020), COVID-19 travel restrictions and lack of money have resulted in the drastic altering of household livelihoods and incomes, resulting in increased food insecurity.
Across Sierra Leone, 51 per cent of households are unable to access markets, resulting in a 10-percentage point increase in household food insecurity from 53 per cent during 2019 lean season to 63 per cent during 2020 lean season and an 11-percentage point increase of households with poor food consumption from 23 per cent during the lean season of 2019 to 34 per cent during the lean season of 2020.  

ON MAY DAY: LABOUR MINISTER CALLS FOR MORE EFFORTS  IN ADDRESSING LABOUR ISSUES

ON MAY DAY: LABOUR MINISTER CALLS FOR MORE EFFORTS  IN ADDRESSING LABOUR ISSUES

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ON MAY DAY: LABOUR MINISTER CALLS FOR MORE EFFORTS  IN ADDRESSING LABOUR ISSUES



Sierra Leone’s Minister of Labour and Social Security, Mr. Alpha Osman Timbo, has called on the Government and its partners to enhance their commitments in addressing labour issues in the country.
The Minister was speaking at an event marking the celebration of International Workers’ Day (MAY DAY) on 1st May, 2021, at the Family Kingdom, Aberdeen, Freetown. In collaboration with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Sierra Leone Employers’ Federation, the Sierra Leone Labour Congress held a low-key celebration on the theme ‘COVID-19 AND THE FUTURE OF WORK IN SIERRA LEONE’.
Mr. Timbo observed that workers were without a doubt, faced with numerous challenges as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but pointed out that Sierra Leone was very lucky because there is a “constructive and proactive leadership which has kept the Pandemic under control”.
He noted that one good thing the outbreak of COVID-19 did for the country was that, it pushed it towards digitization; adding that the state could not have been in a position to implement some of the reforms it was now executing and achieving, as far as digitization is concerned. “It is hoped that we can only improve on these things after COVID-19,” he continued.
“As a result of what we have all suffered as workers since the emergence of COVID-19, this day calls for more committed and concerted efforts from us as a Government, the Federation and Labour Congress, to continue to work together now more than ever before to share our opportunities, discuss the challenges which we all face together, and map out a future which all of us will collectively implement,” Minister Timbo admonished.
Further, the Minister advised all workers to continue to have confidence in the President Bio-led administration, irrespective of current challenges, “because the government has the best interest of workers at heart”. He assured all that the Ministry will look into the issues raised by the President of the Sierra Leone Labour Congress in his speech, and take appropriate actions where necessary.
 

836 poles to be erected in Pujehun District: As part of the Seven District Electrification project

836 poles to be erected in Pujehun District: As part of the Seven District Electrification project

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836 poles to be erected in Pujehun District: As part of the Seven District Electrification project

By Communications Unit – Ministry of Energy

The Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay has symbolically  erected poles in readiness for the roll out of 836 poles in the Pujehun District. This is part of the  Seven Districts Headquarter town electrification project funded by the Government of Sierra Leone.

Chairman of the Energy Committee in Parliament, Hon. Kekura Vandi said the committee has been working closely with the Energy section and the engagement community stakeholders for

implementation of projects. He called on the citizens of Pujehun to support the electricity project.

Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Prof. Francis Kaikai said the district has not had access to the power grid for a very long time and admonished all to embrace the project and own it for the development of the District.

A sub station and 14 transformers will be installed in the district. The contractor is Conceal Ltd, Engineer Taylor

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