Sierra Leone / by Lewis McKinnon

Dr Jonathan Bonopha Tenge, a Sierra Leone presidential candidate, visited the United States to meet with members of the North American Team Tengbe Campaign Committee. President Koroma supervised the signing of the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa project, which will provide funds to improve Fourah Bay College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Sierra Leone. The Sierra Leone embassy to Nigeria reportedly paid a ransom to secure the release of kidnapped Major-General Alfred Nelson Williams. The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) followed up a year after training health workers and providing machines to encourage early testing and diagnosis for HIV-positive babies. The Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation urged health workers to increase their efforts to improve the health of Sierra Leone’s citizens and to expand health care to all chiefdoms and districts. The Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Water Resources partnered with the Sierra Leone Water Company to work on potable water supply projects to increase access to clean drinking water. Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance and Economic Development travelled to China to attend the follow up meeting of the 2015 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Johannesburg Summit. Sierra Leone’s government approved the first Local Content Policy, which will encourage businesses to hire Sierra Leoneans to further improve the economy. The Minister of Finance and Economic Development said the budget for the 2017 financial year would reflect the recent measures undertaken by the government, which are to diversify the economy and focus on the private sector.