Source: State House Sierra Leone |

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Receives Hajj Pilgrims, Observes First Juma Prayers at State House

Head of the Hajj Presidential taskforce, Alhaji Murtada Sesay, expressed gratitude to His Excellency the President for his support

Chief Imam Shiek Kutubu Konneh, in his sermon for the day, called on all pilgrims to be agents of peace and ambassadors of nation-building by practising the good deeds they have experienced from the holy land of Mecca. He also encouraged them to support the government’s agenda of “feed Salone”,…

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Sierra Leone: African Development Fund approves $20 million grant for youth and women jobs

The grant, part of the Transition Support Facility’s Pillar 1, aims to tackle the root causes of fragility and insecurity in Sierra Leone

The Board of Directors of the African Development Fund, the concessional window of the African Development Bank Group (www.AfDB.org), approved a $19.95 million grant for an initiative to provide livelihood for Sierra Leone’s women and youth. The "Job Creation for Youth and Women in Climate Smart Agriculture Value Chains and…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Sierra Leone Acts to Ban Child Marriage

New Law Essential to Protecting Girls from Abuse

Last week, Sierra Leone’s parliament enacted landmark legislation to ban child marriage. The Prohibition of Child Marriage Bill 2024, which makes marriage for anyone under 18 a criminal offense, seeks to protect girls from a harmful practice that has long violated their rights and hindered their development. Child marriage is a…

Source: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) |

Press Statement Following the Joint Assessment Mission of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)-African Union (AU)-United Nations (UN) in Sierra Leone

The Mission acknowledges the call of the stakeholders to increase the regularity of visits of the International Moral Guarantors to ensure the smooth implementation of the Agreement for National Unity

The Joint Assessment Mission of the International Moral Guarantors of the Agreement for National Unity comprising the ECOWAS, AU and UNOWAS, concludes its four-day Mission in Sierra Leone today, 215t June 2024. The Joint Assessment Mission was co-led by H.E. Fatoumata Jallow­-Tambajang, former Vice President of the Republic of The…

Source: Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) |

Press Statement of the Joint ECOWAS-AU-UNOWAS Follow-Up Mission on the ‘‘Agreement for National Unity’’ Signed Between the Government Of Sierra Leone and the All Peoples Congress (APC) Party

The Mission will meet with senior Government officials and the leadership of the All Peoples Congress (APC) Party, other political parties, as well as all relevant actors and stakeholders in the country

The President of the ECOWAS Commission, H.E. Omar Alieu Touray, in consultations with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), H.E. Leonardo Santos Simão, has deployed a Joint ECOWAS-AU-UNOWAS…

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Mercy Ships and Ministry of Health Announce Next Phase of Life-Changing Surgeries in Sierra Leone

The scope of surgical care will cover various specialties, including maxillofacial, general, paediatric general, and ophthalmic procedures

The Sierra Leonean Ministry of Health, in collaboration with international charity Mercy Ships (www.MercyShips.org), have announced preparations for the upcoming phase of free life-changing surgeries and educational initiatives for the people of Sierra Leone set to begin in August. The Global Mercy™ is temporarily leaving Sierra Leone for a planned…

Source: State House Sierra Leone |

Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio Expresses Hope in Joint Membership with Korea on the United Nation Security Council, Shared Growth, Sustainability and Solidarity

In his national statement to the inaugural 2024 Korea-Africa Summit, aimed at elevating the dialogue between Korea and African nations from the ministerial to the highest levels

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has expressed hope in the partnership between Sierra Leone and Korea, both now serving as non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, emphasising the need for shared growth, sustainability and solidarity. In his national statement to the inaugural 2024 Korea-Africa Summit, aimed…

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Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) High-Level Mission to Guinea to discuss the development of the Amilcar Cabral Submarine Information Technology (IT) Cable project

The objectives of the project are to enhance international telecommunications capacity, improve access to digital services and provide essential redundancy to guarantee broadband internet resilience

The Amilcar Cabral IT cable project aims to connect Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Sierra Leone through a submarine cable network. The objectives of the project are to enhance international telecommunications capacity, improve access to digital services and provide essential redundancy to guarantee broadband internet resilience. Within…

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REISSUE: 2024 Annual Meetings: African Development Bank President Outlines Gains of Historic 2023 Dakar 2 Summit

Bank will invest $2.9 billion to support the Country Food and Agriculture Delivery Compacts; appoints Special Envoys to fast-track implementation

Since the Dakar 2 Summit (https://apo-opa.co/4bBfGm1), six African countries have set up Presidential-level Councils to drive implementation of the Country Food and Agriculture Delivery Compacts agreed at the summit, while another twelve countries are at various stages of establishing their councils. Presidential Councils have taken off in Tanzania, Democratic Republic of…

Source: U.S. Embassy in Sierra Leone |

The United States (U.S.) Embassy Provides Heavy-Duty Equipment Training to Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF)

The six-month long training was an in-depth course that started with classroom learning focused on maintaining and repairing heavy-duty equipment followed by practical training for operations in the field

On May 24, U.S. Embassy Freetown, in partnership with U.S. contractor Triple Canopy, completed a six-month long training of 40 Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) soldiers on how to operate and maintain multiple types of heavy-duty equipment. U.S. Ambassador Bryan Hunt celebrated the soldiers’ accomplishments with a graduation…