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Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Population: 6.21 mn.
GDP: $5.41 bn.
Debt: $1.40 bn.

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Africa probes the Panama connection

The Panama Papers have prompted governments to look more seriously at the costs of trade mispricing and illicit financial flows

Following the leak of over eleven million company files from the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama on 3 April, many African activists and law enforcement officers have been search...

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What price recovery?

Crashing prices and Ebola blighted the economy. Now, hopes are pinned on the mining sector for a much-needed rebirth

Flattened by an Ebola epidemic, the crash in world iron prices and serial mismanagement in its mining companies, Sierra Leone's economy is in intensive care. On 15 March, the day a...


Reshuffle and a long goodbye

A raft of new cabinet appointments has reignited suspicion that President Koroma may be planning to stay on beyond the end of his second term 

President Ernest Bai Koroma named 13 new ministers and deputy ministers, some of them his most devoted and hardline supporters, on 14 March in Freetown. One Freetown daily dubbed t...


The political toll of Ebola

Unused ambulances parked in the open in the midst of the outbreak are just one image of horror emerging in a new report

Standing prominently in front of the maternity ward of Kenema Government Hospital is a newly erected plaque bearing the names of 36 health workers who perished combating the recent...


Stuck at the airport

President Ernest Bai Koroma is planning to take out a massive Chinese loan to build an airport despite promising the International Monetary Fund he would not, we hear. Africa Confi...


Stalemate over Koidu diamonds as economy sinks

After inconclusive talks in London, the government is at odds with the mine- owners and their bankers as it tries to keep the operation alive

Britain's Standard Chartered Bank is caught in the middle of an increasingly bitter feud between the Sierra Leone government and the heavily-indebted Octéa Limited, owner of...

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Chinese inherit law suit

While villagers sue a major mine over human rights abuses, all the country’s iron ore mines remain out of action

Bankrupt iron-ore mining company African Minerals Limited is being sued for millions of dollars by 142 Sierra Leonean villagers in the High Court in London claiming human rights ab...


Unclear for take-off

President Ernest Bai Koroma's government informed the International Monetary Fund it had abandoned his flagship project, the Mamamah international airport, during its team visit in...


Koidu's future in the balance

The country's biggest diamond mine could close as its indebted owner struggles with the government to keep its licence

A ten-strong team led by Mines Minister Minkailu Mansaray is in London for crisis talks set for 16 November, on the future of the Koidu diamond mine, which is currently owned by Oc...


Court rescues Koroma

Five months after being asked to rule on the President’s summary sacking of his Vice-President, judges have dismayed many by endorsing it

In a decision mourned in Freetown's legal and political circles alike, the Supreme Court has ruled that President Ernest Bai Koroma did indeed have the power to sack his deputy, Vi...


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