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Sierra Leone Government provides Kailahun millions of leones to fight Ebola

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Government of Sierra Leone as part of its numerous strides to contain the deadly Ebola disease in the country has provided the Kailahun District Health Management team the tune of Le380, 000, 000 to support the fight against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.  Presenting the cheque to the District Medical Officer, Mr. James Square in the Primary Health Care Conference Hall in Kailahun, Health and Sanitation Minister, Miatta Kargbo reiterated government’s commitment to end what she described as another war that needs the support of every Sierra Leonean.

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HEALTH MINISTER MIATTA KARGBO

The amount presented, the Minister said meant to give support to intensify sensitization, contact tracing, risk allowance, and the provision of fuel for referrals and surveillance services among other key interventions to enhance effective service delivery. The Minister in addition, presented a World Food Programme (WFP) truck load of food items which included cereal, soya beans and cooking oil, and other items from the Ministry such as chlorine, personal protective equipment, nap sack sprayers and clothing for hospitalized and discharged survivors.

The Minister, who led a high profiled team of health personnel including the WHO Country Representative, told the meeting that she was overwhelmed and encouraged by the level of tranquility in the district, and the commitment and dedication to service seen by health workers on the ground.

She described the Ebola outbreak in the country as a hurricane of destruction, pointing out that she is optimistic that President Koroma’s commitment to the fight and her team’s mission to Kailahun is the beginning of the end of the Ebola war in Sierra Leone.

Madam Miatta noted the devastating impact of the epidemic but was encouraged by the level of case fatality as compared to other countries. The death rate, she said, still remain a big challenge for the country, and commended her health workers and partners for their invaluable support to contain the disease.

The Minister lamented the unfortunate situation of health workers being attacked whilst trying to save lives, putting theirs at risk, and appealed to the general public to take the situation serious and recognize the sacrificial efforts of health personnel. The outbreak, she said is a threat for the West Africa sub region, adding that it is a national call for action by all well meaning Sierra Leoneans to help contain the disease.

Making his remarks, the WHO Country Representative, Dr. Jacob Mufunda told his audience that the fate of the challenges in the outbreak of the disease is in the hands of the District Health Management Teams across the country, and reiterated the firmness and commitment of the UN Agencies’ continued support to accelerate progress in the fight to address the situation.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo noted the growing incidence of case mortality and the efforts of health workers, and commended them for the good work. The Chief Medical Officer also expressed gratitude to MSF for the establishment of the Treatment Centre in Kailahun as well as other partners and stakeholders in the fight to contain the disease.

The MSF Emergency Coordinator, Anja Wolz reaffirmed her organization’s active commitment in the response phase, and on behalf of her team pledged to face the challenges for posterity.

Making their presentation, the District Medical Officer, Dr. James Squire and Mr. James Bangura of the Metabiota USA Research Firm Project, intimated the Minister and team about the proposed cross border MRU Meeting to be held in Kailahun in July 2014 with the participation of Guinea and Liberia, the training of 300 Contact Tracers, formation of committees working assiduously within their comprehensive District Response Plan and the training of 20 volunteers per chiefdom covering the 14 chiefdoms in the district.

Other highlights of the presentation include: case investigation of all alerts and confirmed cases, Rumour verification, Resistance of some communities, Progress in house to house sensitization, installed 94 beds for transit, confirmed and probable cases, and the challenges faced for additional staff.

In a related development, the Minister met with staff of the Kailahun Government Hospital and lauded them for holding the fort though under difficult circumstances.  She described their work as a divine sacrifice and promised to reward them with incentives that would motivate them as a token of appreciation.  Trained and qualified Volunteers, the Minister opined would be given priority consideration in the ongoing recruitment of staff for postings.

The Anaesthetist and Midwife in the hospital on behalf of her colleagues assured the Minister of their continued support in her strides towards achieving the desired goal of the Ministry.

In Daru, Jawei chiefdom, where the case fatality is the highest, the Minister met with the Chiefs and Elders, and a cross section of the community to express her condolences to the bereaved families of the lost Ebola victims on behalf of government.

Government, the Minister said, is concern over the growing incidence noting that the outbreak has caused a devastating effect to the nation, and thanked the Chiefs for the patriotic leadership role demonstrated even at the period of grief.

The closure of schools in the district, the Minister said, is a life-saving intervention noting its effect when schools would have been in progress. In line with the BECE exams, the Minister told her audience that the exams have been postponed to August 2014 across the country so that the closure would not only affect the district.

Paramount Chief Gombukla Kallon of Jawei chiefdom said though he lost his wife and daughter as a result of the outbreak but sees the unfortunate situation as a death destined by God. He pledged to continue to sensitize his subjects that the outbreak is real.  Paramount Chief Kallon told the Minister and team that he has instituted a By Law with the fine of Le300,000 for harbouring victims in the town, and for those in the villages, a fine of Le250,000 as a measure to avert the spread of the disease.

Giving his testimony, Town Chief Samai Baion said his wife and daughter where tested positive of the disease, he was negative, and three of them admitted and treated at the Kenema Treatment Centre.  He said his wife and daughter were retested several times and later proved negative. Three of them, the Town Chief said were discharged, and now encouraging suspect cases to be reported earlier noting that early detection may save life.

In Kenema, the Minister in a related event visited the Kenema Government hospital and presented a cheque of Le106 million to the District Medical Officer, Dr. Mohamed Vandy as government support to execute some key interventions in the fight to contain the disease.

Sierra Leone signs loan for 6MW Freetown Solar Park project

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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Sierra Leone Minister of Finance and Economic Development signs loan agreement for Solar Park Freetown (6MW) as part of International Renewable Energy Agency / Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA / ADFD) financing facility

A landmark Renewable Energy Project in West Africa, adding valuable and needed clean electricity to the grid

ABU DHABI, UAE, June 30, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Sierra Leone Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (http://mofed.gov.sl) is pleased to announce that Sierra Leone has won the first call for proposals for the prestigious International Renewable Energy Agency / Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA / ADFD) financing facility; and have today signed the 6MW Freetown Solar Park project which will target urban and western rural districts around the capital, Freetown. This is a landmark Renewable Energy Project in West Africa, adding valuable and needed clean electricity to the grid. 

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(Minister and Chairman of ADFD shaking hands)

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(Solar Park Freetown Freetown Signing ceremony)

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(Solar Park Freetown Freetown Signing ceremony)

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…Pursuant to actualizing the vision of H.E. President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma, we wish on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone to thank Mr. Siray Timbo, Special Envoy of H.E. The President and Ambassador to the UAE; the Ministry of Energy; Mr Bahige Annan, The Consul General of Sierra Leone in Dubai and Mr. Filip Matwin, General Manager of Advanced Science and Innovation Company (ASIC) LLC / OGI, for coordinating and putting together the winning bid. ASIC/OGI will facilitate co-financing and management of the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy..”,said Dr Kaifala Marah, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone

The USD 18 million clean energy project includes institutional and critical human resource arrangements for sustainable management of the facility. We would like to extend our gratitude to IRENA for coordinating the selection process, the ADFD for extending USD 9 million as part funding to the Government of Sierra Leone and ASIC/OGI that will coordinate additional USD 9 million as private equity. The project will place Sierra Leone on the global map of Renewable Energy; and further strengthen the existing cordial relationship between the Governments of Sierra Leone and the United Arab Emirates.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Republic of Sierra Leone.

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Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Republic of Sierra Leone

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2nd ECOWAS Diaspora Conference in USA Underway

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The second conference geared towards assembling representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who are currently residing in the United States of America, otherwise known as members of the Diaspora, is progressing.

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Though the program is now a subject of confirmation by His Excellency M. Kadre Desire Ouedraogo the ECOWAS Commission President and his Commissioners in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria, the date, time and a comprehensive list of events and activities that will characterize the conference will soon be released to the public.

According to the Dean of the ECOWAS Ambassadors Group (EAG) Sierra Leone’s Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens, “the ECOWAS Commission in the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the EAG are working collectively in the planning of what would metamorphose to the “Second ECOWAS Diaspora conference”.

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It has already been agreed that the Diaspora conference will be tailored to see active participation from individual country representatives drawn from a wide scope: different states in the United States, and selection will be made through the ECOWAS member States Embassies in Washington DC.

 “The diaspora has enormous potential which if properly tapped could transform West Africa to a more developed and enviable region.” Said Ambassador Stevens.

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Though he did not give any figure, Ambassador Stevens said the United States population has some members of African descent, who over the years, have earned enviable positions in every segment and sector of the American Society.

He described the diaspora as among others, an economic force which “remittances alone, significantly contributes to financial flows in our ECOWAS region.”

According to him, the expected outcomes of the program include “the establishment of a platform to mainstream Diaspora and United States capacities into ECOWAS development efforts: promote or advocate for ECOWAS in the United States and the rest of the World: attract Diaspora and American investments (long-term/low cost capital) to the ECOWAS region and upscale ECOWAS market (including AGOA) to the US, technology transfer etc.

Ambassador Bockari Stevens said the government of President Ernest Bai Koroma takes the issue of Diaspora very seriously: and the government does not only have a Diaspora Affairs office at State House, but has also described the Diaspora as the fifth region.

 On Saturday June 14, 2014, a meeting at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 3519 International Court NW Washington DC chaired by Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens not only saw the briefing of ECOWAS Ambassadors on strides made, and status of the conference, but also witnessed the handing over of a report prepared by the experts (a Representative of Embassies of ECOWAS Countries Mr. Christopher J. Nippy of Liberia Embassy & ECOWAS Commissioner Kalilou Traore for Industry and Private sector promotion –  ECOWAS Commission in the Federal Republic of Nigeria) to Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens and colleagues for consideration.

The host, Ambassador (Professor) Ade Adefuye of the Federal Republic of Nigeria accredited to the United States of America welcomed his colleagues and reasserted that he will continue to provide support to the efforts of the ECOWAS Ambassador’s Group and its region.

 It could be recalled that the first ECOWAS and African Diaspora Conference (ADC) was held in collaboration with the African Business Chambers of Commerce (ABCC) USA in Detroit Michigan, USA from 29-30th March 2011.

 

Pasco Gerald Temple
Information Attache
Embassy of Sierra Leone to the United States
1701 19th St. NW
Washington, DC
20009
Tel:+202 4466958

1991 Constitution to be translated into 5 local languages

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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NCD HOSTS WRITERS’ WORKSHOP TO TRANSLATE RELEVANT PORTIONS OF THE 1991 CONSTITUTION INTO FIVE LOCAL LANGUAGES

By Siraju Bah June 27 2014:

The National Commission for Democracy (NCD) is hosting a five day writers’ workshop to translate relevant portions of the 1991 Constitution into five local languages in the Country: Krio, Temne, Mende, Limba and Kono to help the common man understand the constitution that is under review.

The workshop which commenced on Monday 23, June this year at the Makambo Resort in Makeni brings together 15 expert translators who are prolific speakers and writers of the selected local languages and have the required expertise to translate from the English Language into the local languages.

In an exclusive interview, the Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Abubakar Hassan Kargbo, emphasized the fact that in reviewing a constitution, the people need to participate fully in the process in spite of their academic status.

He said the Commission has deemed it necessary to translate relevant portions of the constitution into the major local languages in order to keep the people abreast with the content of the constitution so that they will be accorded the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the creation of the new national document.

He stated that in developing constitutions in a democratic setting, people must not be excluded in the process they must rather be part of it in order to make their views known and be part of the document so that they will identify with the document after it would have been completed.

Dr. Kargbo further stated that the translation of the relevant portions of the constitution into the selected languages will lend credence to the review process since the local population will be well informed about what the Constitutional Review Committee will be doing in relation to the review process.

The Chairman disclosed that after the completion of the project, the Commission will produce 4000 copies that will be distributed nationwide in order to afford the people the opportunity to access this document.

He pleaded for more support from the public, local and international donor partners to provide support for the Commission to extend the opportunity of translating the document into other local languages so that they too will enjoy the advantage of understanding the relevant portions of the document that is under review.

The Commissioner for the Northern Region who also doubles as the project coordinator expressed optimism on the progress of the project and commended the Commission for such a laudable initiative that will bring on board the process of the review the local people who could not understand the Queen’s Language by interpreting relevant portions of the constitution into their local tongues.

Bai John Conteh noted that the Commission would have loved to have enough resources to translate the document into all the Sierra Leonean local languages saying that the Commission did not neglect the other languages but they decided to choose the five languages principally because they do not have enough resources to extend the project to all the local languages.

He also went on to explain the method the Commission used to select the five languages saying that four of the five languages are being studied at tertiary institutions and are the only Sierra Leonean Languages that have standardized autography that makes it easier for a translation from other languages, whilst the Kono language was added to the four to accord more opportunities to the people of the Eastern Region to fully understand the Constitutional Review Process.

The Commissioner in charge of the Western Region, Mrs. Georgette L .O de’ Marke, referred to the project of translating relevant portions of the constitution as an eye opener and applauded the process.

She observed that people will appreciate the document since it will help them understand pertinent portions of the constitution that will further give them the opportunity of avidly determining what should be reviewed in the 1991 constitution.

The Commissioner for the Eastern Region, Alhaji Sheku Kamara, assured that the document will be put in public libraries in order to give the public the opportunity to access the document. He expressed hope that the people of the South-East will make good use of the document in order to keep them in tune with the review process.

He encouraged his people to take advantage of the opportunity and make good use of the document saying that it’s the duty of the people to know about their constitution.

The Group Leaders of the selected local languages assured the Commission of their utmost dedication to ensuring that they put in their best and come up with a document that gives the correct translation of the relevant portions of the 1991 constitution that will be easily understood by the ordinary man.

 

Ebola Update from the MOHS for June 29, 2014

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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• For the 28th June 2014, a total of 9 samples were received by the Laboratory: Kenema (6), Moyamba (2) and Western Area (1). Results of these samples are pending 

• Three (3) of the 9 samples Laboratory pending results yesterday are now positive for Ebola from Kenema while the rest are negative 

• The cumulative number of cases tested is 380, with Laboratory confirmed cases of 191 and 63 confirmed deaths 

• Forty-six (46) cases are currently admitted in Kenema (42) and Kailahun (4) treatment centers with cumulative admission of 133


• An additional case was discharged from the treatment center in Kailahun today, bringing the cumulative discharged cases to 23 

• Line listing of contacts and monitoring of case contacts have started in districts with confirmed cases

Sierra Leone’s Education Minister pledges more support for girls and disabled children

Monday, June 30th, 2014
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Education has informed participants and organizers of the Global Partnership for Education Pledging Conference in Brussels that his government will continue to provide scholarships for girls who sit and pass the national Grade 9 examination.
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Dr. Minkailu Bah made this pledge at the just concluded GPE pledging conference in Brussels with a firm commitment to develop and implement a comprehensive policy on the education of children with disabilities and expand a comprehensive annual data collection on education that will increase and improve on the availability of education data at the decentralized local level.
Dr. Bah reaffirms his country’s support for the replenishment push of the GPE by increasing the budgetary allocation on education annually over the next five years.
The Education Minister assured of a greater use of ICT at the school level and will continue to work on increasing the Teacher/Student contact hours.
At the end of the replenishment conference, the GPE received new pledges of more than USD 28.5 Billion in additional funding for education for millions of children in more than 60 developing countries.
The conference marks the start of the partnership’s four year replenishment period.
Hosted by the European Commission, the conference brought together some 800 delegates including more than 40 Ministers, education experts and representatives from multilateral organizations, civil society, business and youth leaders from 91 countries.
Julia Gillard, Board Chair of the GPE and former Prime Minister of Australia said, “we have today secured a record commitment of new funding for education in developing countries around the world. This exceptional result is a vote of confidence in the power of education to lift the lives of millions of children, and is a tribute to far-sighted leadership in our partner countries. No other organization has a partnership structure that has leveraged such substantial funds from developing countries. The Global Partnership for Education provides the long term, systemic support that governments need to build stable and effective education systems”.
Andris Piebalgs, the European Commissioner for Development in his address said, “I am delighted to see all the pledges being made here today, in particular those by our developing country partners, which will help to make a difference to the lives and the futures of millions of children across the world. It’s vital that we continue to work together and step up our efforts to reach the MDGs, and their replacements after 2015. The EU will continue to stand by the GPE on this ongoing journey, to give all children a chance to go to school and receive a quality education, no matter where they live. We encourage all donor partners to match the commitments made by partner countries here today”.
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is made up of nearly 60 developing country governments, as well as donor governments, civil society/non-governmental organizations, teacher’s organizations, private sector and foundations, whose joint mission is to galvanize and coordinate a global effort to provide good quality education to children, prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable. The GPE has allocated USD 3.7 Billion over the past decade to support education reforms in some of the world’s poorest countries.
By Chernor Ojuku Sesay,
Information Attachè,
Sierra Leone Embassy,
Brussels/EU.

Elizabeth King goes to jail for corruption

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION

CATHEDRAL HOUSE

3 GLOUCESTER STREET

FREETOWN

SIERRA LEONE, WEST AFRICA

TEL: 232-22 221468

FAX: 232-22 221900

Date:  27th June, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

 

 

HIGH COURT IMPOSES CUSTODIAL SENTENCE ON ELIZABETH KING FOR CORRUPTION OFFENCES

The High Court of Sierra Leone, presided over by Justice M A Paul, has convicted and imposed a custodial sentence on Elizabeth King, staff of National Revenue Authority, NRA. In his judgment delivered on 26th June, 2014, in the matter between the State vs Elizabeth King, the Judge found her guilty on two counts of Misappropriation of Public Funds contrary to section 36(1) and Conspiracy contrary to section 128(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act of 2008.

The convict will serve a sentence of five years and in addition pay a fine of Forty five million Leones (LE.45, 000,000).

According to the learned judge, ‘anyone who is responsible for making a hole into the fabric of society poses a threat to the nation.’

This matter involves a Three hundred and ninety-two million two hundred and thirty-eight thousand eight hundred and sixty-four Leones (LE. 392,238,864) cheque paid by ADDAX Bio-Energy to the NRA that was converted into a private cheque and diverted into the account of Magsons Company operated by Solomon Katta and his wife Katherine Katta. A previous High Court ruling dated 3 April 2014 described Elizabeth King as the agent who took the said cheque to Eco-Bank for encashment.

The matter was prosecuted by Ady Macauley on behalf of the ACC.

Meanwhile, the third trial on the NRA-EcoBank matter, between the State vs Abraham Lavalie and others, is on-going with judgment pending.

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KOLONEH SANKOH (Ms)

ACTING DIRECTOR, PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

President Koroma chairs C-10 Meeting in Malabo

Friday, June 27th, 2014

During the African Union ( AU ) Summits, President Ernest Bai Koroma plays an even bigger role. He chairs the meeting of the AU Committee of 10 on UN Security Council Reform. During the present summit going on in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, President Koroma will be having another C-10 Meeting.

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I am sure you know that President Ernest Koroma is the Chairman of C-10 -A Committee comprising 10 African nations -tasked with promoting and canvassing the African Common Position in the UN Security Council Reform negotiations.

This is a another very important role that President Koroma is playing right now in international diplomacy. When the reform does take place, whether during President Koroma’ s tenure or not, his name will now be written eternally in the annals of the Reform processes .He will always get credit for the role he played in canvassing and promoting the African Common Position.

Among others, Africa is asking for 2 seats in the Permanent Category , with all the rights and prerogatives of permanent membership, including use of the Veto and 5 seats in the Non-Permanent Category.

READ COCORIOKO for full reports of the C-10 Meeting.

Ambassador Foh : Constructive media vital for operation of three arms of Government

Friday, June 27th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By John Baimba Sesay, Information Attaché, China

Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China has said that without Constructive, Free and Independent Press in a democracy, it would be difficult for the three arms of Government (Executive, Legislature and Judiciary) to effectively and appropriately perform their constitutional mandates. The media must be given ample space to operate freely and independently, though constructively professional.  Ambassador Victor Bockarie Foh made these remarks on Wednesday,25th June whilst welcoming a group of broadcasters: Alpha Amadu Bah, Fatu Kamara, Ibrahim Mansaray, Hawa Tucker and Zainab Kamara all from the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Cooperation (SLBC) who  had gone to brief him on the  outcome of a forty-five day long training they participated in, on Digital Media Technology.   According to Ambassador Foh, the Government of His Excellency President Ernest Bai Koroma has tremendous respect for Journalists and their profession.  “Without media practitioners, watch dogs of our democracy, the three arms of Government may go wrong. From your constructive criticisms, society learns a whole lot and at the same time, government machinery is re-enforced.”

He spoke of how proud he was because President Ernest Bai Koroma is a respecter of Journalists. “For the greater part of his presidency, Media Practitioners are enjoying working in a free country. Ambassador Foh added   “there has been no Prisoner of Conscience and the country now has more Media Houses and the highest number of Press Attachés appointed by the President to our Missions abroad.   Ambassador Foh referred to a number of currently serving Ministers in Sierra Leone who were or still are Journalists. He referred to Hon Theo Nicoll Deputy Information Minister, Paul Kamara, Minister of Sport, Sheka Tarawalie, Deputy Internal Affairs Minister and some are Advisers to the President such as  Hon Alhaji IB Kargbo. “This is very encouraging and indicative of President Koroma’s love and respect for the Profession.” When President Koroma was in Opposition, Ambassador Foh said, he committed himself to enacting a Freedom of Information law “and this has been done. I believe the President is committed to reviewing other enactments such as the 1965 Public Order Act”.

Speaking further, he said, he was “particularly proud that since President Koroma came into office, there has never been a Prisoner of Conscience. “The success of a country’s democracy could be measured by many parameters and Press Freedom is a principal yardstick of Democracy.” He assured the group that Government would continue to encourage Journalists   to work in the interest of the country and be part and parcel of the Sierra Leone’s development efforts.  Ambassador Foh also informed the group about efforts the Embassy has been leading in working with a Media related body in China, StarTimes who had expressed interest in working with the SLBC for its migration from Analog to Digital by 2015. He was hopeful, SLBC will not let go that opportunity “since we have had meetings with StarTimes, we have visited their facilities and we know they have the requisite skills and capacity a good job in Sierra Leone.”

Responding, Ibrahim Mansaray, on behalf of his colleagues, informed Ambassador Foh that as Journalists, they work closely with Government for the good of the country even though fair and constructive criticisms could be levied.  Mansaray said, he was impressed by Government’s bold step to enact the Freedom of Information legislation in the country and also renewed calls for a review of the 1965 Public Order Act. “We believe as Journalists, that Libel should not be criminalized. We are therefore appealed for the Libel Laws to be reviewed”, he said.  Briefing Ambassador Foh on their training session, Mansaray said, within forty-five days, they were able to learn a lot and were well equipped with knowledge on Digital Media Technology, whilst promising to put into practice the knowledge they have acquired during the training.

He expressed gratitude to the Government of Sierra Leone for establishing diplomatic and people-to-people relations over forty years ago, with the People’s Republic of China. Such a decision, he said, is today being felt through trainings and support China is giving to Sierra Leone in diverse areas.  He also paid special tribute to Sierra Leone for playing a crucial role in ensuring china’s entrance into the UN as Permanent Member. He expressed optimism that more Sierra Leoneans will continue to come to the People’s Republic of China for further training and capacity building opportunities in other sectors.  Mansaray ended up paying special appreciation to the entire Embassy staff for the time given them throughout their stay in China and “to his Excellency Ambassador Foh for taking time out of his busy work schedule to meet us”

The meeting was attended by staff of the Embassy, including the Deputy Chief of Mission, Madam Kumba Alice Momoh and Augusta Akibo-Jones, First Secretary/Ag.HoC and John Baimba Sesay, Press/Information Attaché.  Development of media cooperation between Africa and China has been one of the major pillars of cooperation between China and Africa, within the Forum of China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) framework.  During the 2012 Fifth FOCAC Ministerial Conference in Beijing, both China and Africa agreed to continue with efforts aimed at enhancing exchanges and cooperation in Press and Media; encourage Press and Organizations of the two sides to step up objective and fair coverage of each other and intensify the communication of information on FOCAC.

According to the Beijing Action Plan (2013-2015), a China-Africa Press Exchanges center was to be established in China and the two sides were to promote exchanges and mutual visits between Chinese and African journalists and press professionals and support exchange of correspondents by their media.   China committed herself, at the time, to share with African countries its experience and good practice in the digitalization of Radio and Television and provide support in personnel training and technology application.

 

President Ernest Koroma heads for AU Summit in Malabo

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

By KABS KANU :

President Ernest Bai Koroma will be attending the  23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union will be held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from 20 – 27  June 2014.

An African Union ( AU ) statement notes that  “It is to be recalled that by Decision Assembly/AU/Dec.4 22 (XIX) adopted on 16 July 2012, the Assembly has decided to proclaim 2014 as the “Year of Agriculture and Food Security” and this would be also the theme of the 23rd Ordinary Sessions of the Assembly of the Union scheduled for 20 – 27 June 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.”

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PRESIDENT KOROMA AND PARTY WALKING TO THEIR PLANE AT LUNGI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TODAY: PHOTO BY ALHAJI ARMANI

According to the release :

The schedule of meetings of the AU Summit in Malabo is as follows:

a)      Permanent Representative Committee of Ambassadors (PRC): 20 – 21 June 2014.

b)      25th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council: 23 – 24 June 2014.

c)       23rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of States and Governments: 26 – 27 June 2014.

Accreditation for the Summit is open to local and international NGOs.

COCORIOKO WILL BRING YOU FULL DETAILS OF THE PRESIDENT’S ACTIVITIES AT THE SUMMIT