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Vol 50 No 23

Published 20th November 2009

Sierra Leone

President Koroma pledges 'We no go tire'

The country wants investment and, with a little help from his friend Tony Blair, President Koroma embarks upon a fund-raising mission in Britain

In the run-up to a fund-raising conference in London on 18 November, President Ernest Bai Koroma was pushing legal and business reforms, and making an example of corrupt officials. He sacked a minister, pushed through a mining bill, set up performance contracts for ministers, commissioned a dam that is over 30 years late and unveiled the country's first health plan. Koroma needed a good story to tell the conference, organised by his government, Britain's Department for International Development, the World Bank and British former Prime Minister Tony Blair's consultancy firm.

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