Sierra Leone / by Alistair Galloway

On 10 August, the National Commission for Democracy (NCD) has presented its 2013-2014 Annual Report to President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma. On 27 August, Sierra Leone’s Parliament has affirmed the extension for the country’s national state of emergency. Commissioner Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara has stated that Sierra Leone is not a corrupt nation at the launch of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC) Case Law Report. The Chairman and Leader of the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) has declared that the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) has never won an election through its own standings. Madam Madina Rahman, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, has stated that the 1960 Public Health Act is in need of urgent review. Chinese Ambassador Zhao Yanbo has met with the Chief of Staff to discuss post-Ebola cooperation between China and Sierra Leone. He then met with Sierra Leone’s Mining Minister to discuss how to improve the country’s mining industry. ActionAid International has urged the Sierra Leonean government to revisit tax incentives given to foreign investors. The Executive Chairperson of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has re-emphasized the inextricable link between environmental sustainability and the economy in an address to the public. The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Dr. Kaifala Marah has launched a workshop that verifies the Service Charter of his Ministry.