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Vol 50 No 20

Published 8th October 2009

Sierra Leone

More power for Freetown

Security has improved but political reforms and economic growth are moving too slowly to win much support for President Bai Koroma's government

Two years into his presidency, Ernest Bai Koroma of the All People's Congress (APC) can claim some successes. The Bumbuna hydroelectric dam will soon supply the capital, Freetown, with electricity and the government is fighting corruption more effectively. A former insurance executive, Koroma always said he wanted to run Sierra Leone like a business. So he issues ministers with performance contracts and his catchy 'Agenda for Change' keeps donors tied in to the country's second poverty reduction strategy, which requires US$1.9 billion and runs until 2012, when the next elections are due.

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