Tracking Presidential Campaign Promises

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Education Governance

The promises:

  • Revert from 6-3-4-4 system of education to the 6-3-3-4 with focus on improving learning and teaching and providing for those who cannot pursue university education.
  • Implement and fund a new Free Education Programme for primary and secondary levels.
  • Enhance the capacity for education planning, management, monitoring and coordination
  • Develop a new National Education Policy and Action Plan to translate the New Direction into concrete programmes
  • Develop a robust policy and legal framework for Public-Private-Partnership in the education sector.
  • Develop a new NGO/donor co-ordination policy that would make them more accountable and integrated into the public education programmes
  • Strengthen Education Management and Information System (EMIS) to support informed strategic decision-making, programme development, management and evaluation by providing quality data at all levels at all times
  • Develop the capacity of School Inspectorate for effective school monitoring and supervision.
  • Build the capacity of School Management Committees (SMC) through regular training and providing incentives for their contribution to school management
  • De-politicise the Board of Governors of schools, redefine their roles, and introduce a compulsory reporting requirement for Boards
  • Respect and support the autonomy of the National Union of Students (NUSS).

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

Status
In Progress

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

The former Ministry of education, science & Technology has changed to Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education and Mr. Alpha O. Timbo appointed as Minister Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (Western Area) Message from Ministry

  1. Ministry of education, science & Technology changed to Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education
  2. Come September 2018 there will be no more SSS 4
  3. Current SSS 3 going to SSS 4 will be called SSS 3 Special
  4. Current sss 2 going to sss 3 will join sss 3 special for 2019 WASSCE Exams
  5. Submission of names of competent teachers for the August tuition classes for WASSCE Candidates
  6. The government will provide an encouraging stipend to tutors
  7. Principals should actively involve in the teaching process
  8. The Ministry will be monitoring the entire programme
  9. There will be no extra-charges
  10. Defaulters will have themselves to blame
  11. 2019 WASSCE will start in May 2019 and end in June 2019
  12. Unannounced visits by Minister and team to schools
  13. Teachers found guilty of professional misconduct i.e extortion, negligence of duty, persistent absenteeism will have themselves to blame
  14. Teachers are going to be issued a teaching license
  15. Class size is 50

Presidential Cabinet

Higher Education

The promises:

  • Establish a separate Ministry of Higher Education (covering technical and vocational education, teacher training, and the universities)
  • Review all statutes relating to higher education
  • Establish a university system that employs its own leadership as chancellors with distinguished and proven records of higher education leadership, significant international clout and contacts (funding and research networks), and who are reformminded. In the New Direction, the President will no longer be the Chancellor of the Universities.
  • Encourage judicious internal resource allocation and management
  • Encourage internal initiatives to keep faculties well-compensated, motivated, productive, and accountable
  • Upgrade curriculum of tertiary education to match skills acquired to job requirement
  • Create the environment for the tertiary institutions to invest in profitable ventures and use profits for developing the University
  • Provide incentive schemes to encourage Sierra Leonean writers
  • Develop Research and Development in the University
  • Introduce entrepreneurial education in the University that will develop and nurture the entrepreneurial mindset to create jobs for themselves and for others even before they complete their university studies.

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

Status
In Progress

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

A new ministry called "Ministry of Technical and Higher Education" has been created and the New Minister appointed is Professor Aiah Gbakima

Presidential Cabinet

Executive Power and The Presidency

The promises: The President under the New Direction will be a constitutional President and will only use powers vested in him by the National Constitution or recognized by the law. Under the New Direction the next SLPP Government will commit itself to adhere to the rule of law and institutional reforms to maintain law and order in society. This will mean the next President will lead by example, demonstrating the necessary discipline to refrain from acting unconstitutionally and scrupulously respecting the rule of law in the best interest of national development and stability. Accordingly, the SLPP Government after March 7, 2018 shall endeavor to:

  • Review unlawful acts of the last Government by way of Judicial and Parliamentary review to facilitate the quick restoration and maintenance of the rule of law
  • Strengthen Judicial Independence to avoid the current embarrassment engendered by the ECOWAS Court Ruling in the Sam Sumana case
  • Avoid the reckless use of Supreme Executive Authority and so-called Orders from Above
  • Presidential appointments to be guided by proven competence and qualification
  • Sustain a general policy of respect for the rule of law by the President and Government
  • Examine the recommendations of the Constitutional Review Commission with a view to giving effect to them as much as is practicable.

Manifesto Reference: Executive Power and the Presidency

Status
Promise Not Kept

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

The following executive orders directly contradict this promise and hence the reason why its status is "Promise Not Kept". When these orders are turned into legislation, we will change the status. 16th April 2018 - The President issued "Implementation of the Executive order No. 1 on Revenue Mobilization" 25th April 2018 - The President issued "Immediate Expenditure Control measures"

Executive Order Number Two Immediate Expenditure Control Measures, Implementation of Executive Order Number One - Revenue Mobilization

Improving Information, Communications and Technology (ICT)

The promises: Under the New Direction the next SLPP Government will ensure that telephony and communications services are improved to such an extent as to contribute significantly to the country's communications development and at affordable cost to all. More specifically the next SLPP administration will:

  • De-politicise NATCOM to enable it carry out its functions efficiently and effectively
  • Forge ahead with liberalising the sector, providing good regulation and the enabling business environment to spur the sector forward
  • Establish an Electronic Governance system to manage government business electronically
  • Increase access by the public, particularly the rural poor, to all aspects of ICT. In particular, the following measures will be adopted:
    • Computer training and facilities will be established in Public Libraries, schools and colleges.
    • Protect legal documents by establishment of digital storage centres at remote locations.
    • Develop IT infrastructure resilience by multiple back up services for all government documents in all ministries, ensuring health records, land records, etc. are secure
  • Increase encouragement for setting up of community radio stations
  • Increase availability of ICT equipment by providing the requisite incentives
  • Science teaching will be encouraged in schools and colleges through focused policies in education. This will lead to a growing pool of technical and scientific labour to create a middle manpower pool nationwide
  • Further enhance broadband access across the country, improving rural telecommunications and creating customer choice and affordability

Manifesto Reference: Improving Information, Communication and Technology

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Promoting Marketing and Improve the International Image of Sierra Leone

The promises:

  • Develop an improved web portal for tourism promotions
  • Participate in international tourist activities
  • Collaborate with the Embassies/Missions to showcase the tourist potentials of Sierra Leone to the outside world
  • Contract an international PR firm to promote the international image and showcase the tourist potential of Sierra Leone

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Tourism Sector

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Increasing Access to Quality Education

The promises:

  • Introduce free quality education from pre-school to senior secondary school
  • Introduce free university for students pursuing science and technology courses as well medical disciplines.
  • Promote development of child-friendly schools that will be provided with recreational facilities, toilet facilities and safe places in each district.
  • Provide sponsorship to students to access higher education through the effective management of the Grants-in-Aid policy and introduce Students Loan Scheme.
  • Promote Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) by mainstreaming nursery and kindergarten education into the national education system, training of teachers and encouraging the private sector to participate in providing nursery and kindergarten education.
  • Build and support at least one primary school in every administrative section in every district, at least a Junior Secondary in every administrative chiefdom or electoral ward and at least a Senior Secondary School equipped with a science laboratory in every electoral constituency
  • Construct student hostels for at least 500 pupils attending different schools in every district headquarter town and support schools with boarding facilities
  • Expand and improve school feeding programmes in all pre-schools and primary schools
  • Remove the double shift system within 3 years by constructing additional classrooms and schools in populated communities to reduce overcrowding in school.
  • Promote Inclusive Education through improving facilities and free education for the physically challenged.
  • Provide subsided school bus services in all urban towns
  • Establish functional district libraries equipped with computers and promote mobile library services.
  • Establish High Schools of Excellence for Science and Technology education in all regions.
  • Make French a core subject in Junior and Senior Secondary Schools

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Reduce Cost on Travelling

The promises: Over the last 10 years, overseas travel was an expanding Government area. Despite the cosmetic austerity measures, reports show that the travel budget after austerity is higher than the preausterity period. For example, the attendance of the President to UN, AU or ECOWAS Summits cost over Le4.0 billion in each case. Overseas travel expenses across the MDAs are uncontrollably higher, estimated at over Le250 billion or more than $30 million a year. We recognize that it may be impossible to reduce overseas travel to zero. However, in order to to make savings the following measures will be adopted:

  • Government delegations will be reduced or streamlined to the minimum-value for money travels
  • Quarterly budget performance report on the outcomes compared to estimates of MDAs will be published
  • Use of Sierra Leone diplomatic missions to represent Government except where there are unavoidable statutory meetings that lead to net economic benefits
  • Adopt travel policy across Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) on ticketing, travel per diem computation, categories of class of travel for each category of staff.

Manifesto Reference: Financing the New Direction, Measures to Control Expenditure

Status
In Progress

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

On 25th, April 2018, The Statehouse released "Executive Order Number Two Immediate Expenditure Control Measures"

Executive Order Number Two Immediate Expenditure Control Measures

Procurement and Maintenance of Vehicles

The promises: It is reported there are 100,000 vehicles registered by Government and related institutions. These exclude those registered under parastatals using private number plates. The purchasing cost of the vehicles, which are mainly SUVs, is around $65,000 to $110,000 each (Government prices). First problem, the vehicles are excessively overpriced. For example, a V6 Land Cruiser or Prado costs Government around Le660 million for 5 years covering high purchase price, customs duty/tax waiver/insurance and repairs. V8 Toyota Land Cruiser will cost Government Le1.09 billion in 5 years. We estimate that 10,000 vehicles cost is around Le6.6 trillion. Reducing this cost by at least 50% will make Le3.3 trillion in 5 years. Concrete measures will include reducing spending on purchase of V8 vehicles, introducing pool vehicle system in the public sector; staff bus service for junior workers and vehicle loan system for certain categories of public sector workers.

Manifesto Reference: Financing the New Direction, Measures to Control Expenditure

Status
In Progress

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

On 25th, April 2018, The Statehouse released "Executive Order Number Two Immediate Expenditure Control Measures". 

Executive Order Number Two Immediate Expenditure Control Measures

Goods and Services

The promises: The goods and services expenditures are mainly recurrent expenditures, wages and salaries and debt service payments. They include vehicles, utilities (telecom, electricity, water facilities, housing), travels, procurement of drugs and medical supplies. This is where we have very large leakages and unbudgeted expenditures. These are the areas that should be tackled decisively to make the required savings for financing poverty related activities

Manifesto Reference: Financing the New Direction, Measures to Control Expenditure

Status
In Progress

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

On 25th, April 2018, The Statehouse released "Executive Order Number Two Immediate Expenditure Control Measures". 

Executive Order Number Two Immediate Expenditure Control Measures

Control of the Wage Bill

The promises: Uncontrolled wages and salaries caused by bloated public sector through presidential appointments and establishment of commissions that largely usurp the line Ministries’ functions, unregulated wage increases, double or triple dipping of salaries and pension as well as uncoordinated recruitment across the public sector. If we are to restore credibility to the service, we must coordinate the wage bill. If we are to enhance staff moral and improve on service delivery, we must control the wage bill. Wages and Salaries must be harmonized on the basis of fairness and equity in the use of public resources. A commissioner or a director or director general must have an aligned appropriate grading within the civil service comparable to other public sector workers, payroll verification exercise between Government and NASSIT, public sector workers on Government payroll will be assigned biometric photos and personalized pin codes linked to NASSIT numbers. These measures, when implemented will lead to substantial savings to finance our programs. This will provide substantial savings to the Budget.

Manifesto Reference: Financing the New Direction, Measures to Control Expenditure

Status
In Progress

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

On 25th, April 2018, The Statehouse released Executive "Order Number Two Immediate Expenditure Control Measures" On 9th, May 2018, Statehouse released "Chief Minister to slash LE 15 Billion (USD $2 million) wage bill left by the former office of the chief of staff"

Executive Order Number Two Immediate Expenditure Control Measures, Chief Minister to slash LE 15 Billion (USD $2 million) wage bill left by the fo…

Revenue Mobilisation

The promises: The overall objectives of the New Direction for revenue mobilization is to increase domestic revenue from the current 11.1% of GDP to 20% of GDP within 3 years and to build a fair, a transparent and accountable tax system that promotes investment and growth. Our key strategy is to push for better taxation collection rather than imposing new taxation. Such efforts hold the potential to stimulate growth and investment whilst also allowing for increased levels of tax collection. Specifically, the following shall be the focus:

  • Review existing tax laws, agreements, policies and strategies to ensure that they meet the objectives of maximising tax revenue collection as well as impacting on the well-being of all Sierra Leoneans, especially low-income earners and small business enterprises
  • All holders of elective office and political appointees, including the President and Vice President will pay tax on their earnings to ensure fairness in the tax system
  • Develop and legislate a National Tax Policy that articulates how the Sierra Leone Tax The system will look like in terms of focus, administration and rate changes in the medium term.The new National Tax Policy will ensure the coordination and harmonisation of taxing authorities in the country to avoid the multiplicity of taxes.
  • Evaluate the on-going tax reforms with a view to enhancing the capacity of the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in tax assessment, collection and reporting through training; developing tax ICT infrastructure, working environment and introducing performance-based remuneration system for staff.
  • Implement all audit reports findings and recommendations and ensure that every cent collected is paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.
  • Enforce the Fiscal Accountability and Management Act that obligates all MDAs to transfer all funds to the Consolidated Revenue Fund. To this end, the new SLPP administration will immediately commence the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) system that would allow Government to aggregate receipts from all government sources in order to give a better oversight of public finances, improve cash management and reduce reliance on bank financing.
  • Mandate the NRA and the Ministry of Finance to upload on a regular basis tax information on revenue collection by sectors, tax rates particularly on frequently imported commodities, assessment and rate of tax compliance by sector
  • Further strengthen the tax administration core processes, specifically in the areas of filing, assessment and payment and in dispute resolution
  • Develop the capacity of local councils, particularly the city councils, in revenue assessment and collection
  • Establish a One-Stop Shop (OSS) that will enable importers to clear goods within 24 hours
  • Develop a more robust and transparent policy and law for granting duty waivers
  • Mobilise resources from non-traditional sources such as issuing of Diaspora Bonds within the context of controlling the debt burden, South-South cooperation, public-private partnerships, tourism and Carbon Financing.
  • Develop and create strategic partnerships with crypto currency and crowd funding platforms through smart contracts using block chain technology to raise funds by pledging unexploited mineral deposits (gold, diamonds and rare earths) and using the funds to reinvest in social programmes like health care and education
  • Enforce tax laws especially rental income taxation and ensure timely settlement of all tax obligations. For rental income tax, update rental income tax database using the existing database on holding and letting agents, and conduct field audits on rented apartments and houses

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Macro-economy, Transforming the Economy

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Measures to Mobilise Additional Revenue

The promises: Our broad strategy is therefore to push for better taxation collection rather than imposing new taxation. We commit to increase domestic revenue to 20% over 3 years. Such efforts hold the potential to stimulate growth and investment whilst also allowing for increased levels of tax collection.Specifically, the following shall be the focus:

  • We intend to reduce these waivers by at least 50% in the first two years and level around 25-30% in 3rd to 5th year. These alone will provide additional revenue of around Le150 billion per year.  All holders of elective office and political appointees including the President and Vice President will pay tax on their earnings to ensure fairness in the tax system. This will generate additional taxes of at least Le15.0 billion per year.
  • We will implement ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CET) fully like in other countries, generating additional resources of about Le35.0 billion yearly.
  • Implement without delay the Treasury Single Account (TSA) system that would allow Government to aggregate receipts from all government sources in order to give a better oversight of public finances, improve cash management and reduce reliance on bank financing.
  • Implement the Carbon Trade facility; this will yield an estimated annual revenue of US$60.0 million or Le450.0 billion

Manifesto Reference: Financing the New Direction, Measures to Mobilise Additional Resources

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Environmental Governance

The promises:

  • Review the EPA 2010 Act
  • Revise the Agriculture Policy, Energy Policy and the Forestry Policy to incorporate measures that will halt, reverse and minimize land degradation
  • Monitor industrial establishments for compliance with environmental laws and regulations
  • Establish independent agencies for disaster management and meteorology to improve the knowledge base and expand actions for early warning and disaster risk reduction
  • Develop a flood risk management strategy as part of a more ambitious, robust, and adaptive environment and natural resources management policy and strategic plan
  • Develop a climate change policy and strategy and a work programme for countrywide adaptation and resilience to climate change
  • Ensure environmental sustainability of development policies, programmes and projects at national and local level by mainstreaming environmental issues across sectors particularly agriculture, energy, infrastructure, industry, decentralization, finance and planning
  • Develop action plans for and fully implement all Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)
  • Build institutional capacity to improve sectoral programming and coordination, sustainable financing, and effective financial management
  • Establish a National Environment Fund and an environmental court to help with resource mobilization and environmental litigation;

Manifesto Reference: Improving Environmental Management

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Sustainably Managing Forest Resources

The promises:

  • Develop a national programme for the regeneration and shared management of forest cover and related products
  • Provide alternatives to wood and biomass products for energy sources and promote agro-forestry
  • Propose and operationalise a sustainable financing mechanism, including a benefit sharing mechanism for trade in carbon
  • Strengthen public-private partnerships for forest conservation, especially the establishment of woodlots and commodification of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs)
  • Develop the capacity of the Forestry Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security for planning, programme design and monitoring
  • Revise the Forestry and Wildlife Acts of 2015 to harmonize them with best practices for adaptive collaborative forest governance across the region and promote Adaptive Collaborative Management (ACM) at all levels of forest management in the sector
  • Adequately enforce laws and policies to protect forests and designate new areas for conservation and ecological tourism
  • Promote research into forest ecosystems and biodiversity to quantify, document and disseminate the contribution of the forestry sub-sector to the national economy, and enhance the sub-sector’s position within national economic and sustainable development priorities; and
  • Facilitate transboundary cooperation to transboundary forest resources management and policy harmonization;

Manifesto Reference: Improving Environmental Management

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Ecosystem Conservation

The promises:

  • Adequately protect biodiversity hotspots and fragile ecosystems
  • Ensure that all major mining companies and industrial establishments carry out Environmental Impact Assessments and take mitigating measures for damage caused by their operations as required by law and corporate social responsibility
  • Ensure that all major mining companies and industrial establishments carry out SEAs and EIAs to make sure appropriate mitigation and adaptation measures are taken before, during and after relevant processes
  • Ratify and respect the provisions of various Conventions on the Environment and Climate Change
  • Ensure that environmental matters are given priority in decision making on allocation of lands for various purposes. The issue of alternative land use, taking environmental damage into consideration, will be included in such decision making processes
  • Give priority to energy use and conservation
  • Emphasise the use of modern forms of energy to encourage a shift from the use of wood fuel as a major source of energy

Manifesto Reference: Improving Environmental Management

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Environmental Education

The promises:

  • Intensify education and information campaigns to reduce practices harmful to the environment
  • Support the teaching of Environmental matters in the curricula of schools, colleges and universities.

Manifesto Reference: Improving Environmental Management

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Housing

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP government will sanitize and reform the land tenure system to make it compatible with the increasing demands of a modern economy and ensure equitable distribution of land and related issues. Other specific policy actions will include;

  • Encourage the setting up of Home Finance Institutions
  • Set up and enforce standards for building materials
  • Encourage large-scale local production of building materials
  • Provide fair and affordable access to decent housing to the citizenry either through public or private investments
  • Improve access and distribution of imported and locally produced building materials
  • Review and enhance the role and capacity of the Sierra Leone Housing Corporation (SALHOC) • Facilitate access to credit for building and mortgage for regular income and nonregular income earners
  • Support rehabilitation programmes for public buildings and state owned quarters nationwide.
  • Rehabilitate Police Barracks, Military Barracks and construct new modern multistorey quarters where necessary
  • Support the creation of satellite areas around urban areas for housing major office buildings
  • Pursue the feasibility of extending the limits of the capital of Freetown by the construction of a modern toll bridge linking Freetown with Lungi
  • Ensure the provision of infrastructure services such as electricity, water supply and roads in new areas before they are developed for housing purposes
  • The building of offices outside Freetown by public-private sector collaboration to ease congestion in the Central Business District
  • Encourage private ventures to build multi-storey car parks, public toilets and bathing facilities in Towns and Cities by providing lands for such purposes;
  • Develop a Land Acquisition Account and commence payments for buildings to be demolished in the planned areas to cover a 10 year period. Such areas will be used for car parks, recreation areas, transports and transit points
  • Encourage banks to develop a housing loan fund that permits the construction companies to develop affordable housing
  • Increase the width of access roads from 20’ to 30’ in all urban areas for vehicular and pedestrian traffic
  • Encourage the creation of green spaces and on-plot car parking.

Manifesto Reference: Improving Lands, Housing and Country Planning

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Land

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP government will sanitize and reform the land tenure system to make it compatible with the increasing demands of a modern economy and ensure equitable distribution of land and related issues. Other specific policy actions will include 

  • Implement the National Lands Policy 2015 ensuring justice for all
  • Improve the management of state lands with a view to ensuring equitable distribution
  • Develop the capacity of Ministry of Lands and Country Planning to enable it establish branches in all district headquarter towns
  • Set up a Lands Court to help speed up the trial of land cases
  • Build affordable housing around the country for the underprivileged • Create Land Banks to ensure availability and affordability
  • In consultation with relevant professional bodies including the Sierra Leone Institution of Engineers (SLIE), the Professional Engineers Regulation Council and the Sierra Leone Institute of Architects (SLIA), improve the enforcement of land use planning and building regulations
  • Digitize through the use of GPS all plots, streets and roads around the country
  • Codify land tenure through a GIS Cadastral system with standard town lots as basic module. All private and state lands will be plotted as multiples of the standard lot.
  • Large new and undeveloped areas to be pre-designed with standard lots and access roads prior to selling allowing for the provision of electricity and water services
  • Enforce land use zoning system differentiating residential, commercial, industrial and mixed development areas
  • Envision the modernization and beautification of the Western Area and particularly the City of Freetown 20 years into the future with multi-storey office and residential accommodation to replace the clusters of old, derelict, shanty, not fit for purpose buildings and create parking and green spaces around them. Flyovers will be built in key locations and critical road works in the City widened.
  • The SLPP government will facilitate a national debate on land tenure reform consistent with the demands of a modern economy
  • Improve the legal framework for leaseholds or gifts of land in the Provinces in order to make them amenable for collateral security and investment
  • Revise legislation to remove the “non native” Sierra Leonean nomenclature and its attendant discrimination
  • Structure the Land Policy so as to increase the scope for investment and provide for means of having legal redress
  • Ensure land is available to all Sierra Leoneans anywhere in Sierra Leone

Manifesto Reference: Improving Lands, Housing and Country Planning

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Rural Sanitation

The promises:

  • Establish rural sanitary inspectorate that will be responsible for sensitising rural communities on improved sanitation practices and monitoring sanitation conditions in rural communities
  • Develop and implement a National Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) programmes that will promote improved sanitation practices in all villages in Sierra Leone
  •  Develop the capacities of communities to construct latrines in rural areas

Manifesto Reference: Increasing Access to Water Supply and Improved Sanitation

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Urban Sanitation

The promises:

  • Carry out a study of the needs of urban sanitation and develop a central sewage system to replace pit latrines.
  • Enforce the change from pit latrines to Pour Flush or Full Flush in cities
  • Re-introduce special cleaning day (last Saturday in a month)
  • Strengthen and expand coverage of public-private partnership in garbage collection
  • Introduce recycling and incinerator facilities
  • Promote waste to energy project
  • Re-introduce sanitary inspectors under the supervision of the local councils
  • Consider alternatives to use of plastic bags
  • Implement a rain water drainage system for the cities with high rainfall.

Manifesto Reference: Increasing Access to Water Supply and Improved Sanitation

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Rural Water Supply

The promises:

  • Construct boreholes, gravity water systems and solar water pumping schemes attached to shallow water wells in all villages
  • Develop the capacity of Local Councils to effectively handle water supply issues in provincial areas
  • Develop capacity of local councils and communities maintenance of water supply facilities
  • Improve the coordination of the work of various International agencies and NGOs involved in water provision
  • Engage in research and development of alternative water sources such as the harvesting of rain water

Manifesto Reference: Increasing Access to Water Supply and Improved Sanitation

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Urban Water Supply

The promises:

  • Construct a new water reservoir for Freetown and its immediate environs
  • Construct boreholes and gravity water supply facilities in hard to reach peri-urban areas in Western Area
  • Rehabilitate water distribution network in Freetown and construct stand pipes in deprived communities
  • Introduce flow meters to reduce wastage in urban towns.
  • Rehabilitate existing water dams and protect all major watershed areas against deforestation and other environmental problems
  • Speed up institutional and regulatory reforms of the sector, especially at GVWC and SALWACO, to improve on efficiency and cost recovery
  • Separate water generation from water distribution and supply responsibilities as it is now the case with electricity
  • Strengthen the maintenance culture and capacity of Guma Valley Water Company
  • Encourage rain water harvesting all over the country

Manifesto Reference: Increasing Access to Water Supply and Improved Sanitation

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Railway Transportation

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP administration will consider instituting a National Railway Scheme following appropriate feasibility studies

Manifesto Reference: Railway Transportation

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Sea Transportation

The promises: In the New Direction, the overall objective of sea port development is to provide a conducive and competitive port facility. To this end, the specific policy actions shall include

  • The parastatal agencies responsible for overseeing sub-sectors will be restructured and reformed with an emphasis on management improvements, privatization of certain functions and sustainable financing through user-fee based services and toll roads.
  • Construct additional storage facilities as well as pumps and pipelines to increase the material loading rate
  • Handle the remaining privatisation programme for the Port transparently
  • Continue current expansion of port facilities to handle OGVs and ensure efficient discharges of cargo
  • Establish a One Stop window at the SLPA for speedy processing of customs and other import and export clearances.  Institute policies and regulations that will help reduce the costs of shipping and clearing goods
  • Re-organise the Maritime Protection Agency to make it more effective
  • Carry out a feasibility study to convert the Nitti sea port used by mining companies into a commercial sea port
  • Develop a port at Sulima with the objective of supporting mining operations
  • Ensure quality and pro-poor safe ferry services to various destinations where land access is restricted by constructing new berthing facilities and jetties
  • Encourage and promote private sector development of inland water transportation services for passenger and goods as an alternate mode to road transport by using larger, more efficient boat buses and ferries between for example, Bonthe-Shenge – Freetown, Sulima – Freetown- Port Loko etc

Manifesto Reference: Improving Transport

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Improving Air Transportation

The promises: In the New Direction we will work in consonance with the ECOWAS Vision 2020 to improve the Air Transport sector by developing a sound and seamless regional air transport system that is safe, reliable, efficient and affordable, well connected within West Africa and integrated with the global network. Specific policy actions will include:

  • Enhance global civil aviation safety by certifying the Freetown International Airport at Lungi to meet international standards
  • Improve ferry and sea coach services between Targrin and Freetown to support passenger travel and comfort
  • Enhance global civil aviation security and facilitation
  • Develop an Air transport master plan to foster the development of a sound and economically viable civil aviation system; develop Lungi International airport into an aerotropolis involving the development of an airport city which essentially will provide one stop airport support facilities including hotels, conferencing facilities, shops, restaurants etc. This will be a mix market high-density commercial development to serve as economic growth node and generate employment and improve incomes in the local economy
  • Develop airport services and create a hub to handle increased foreign traffic to the East Coast USA, North Africa, Europe and South America and create a new carrier - Sierra International Airlines
  • Create a sub-regional hub at Hastings/FNA with Air taxi services
  • Revive all abandoned airstrips where practicable and construct new airstrips where necessary
  • De-politicise the management of the SLAA and the CAA
  • Privatise some airport services in a transparent manner

Manifesto Reference: Improving Transport

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Improving Road Transportation

The promises: The New Direction will ensure that all towns and villages are connected by well-designed and safe roads to spur economic development and create linkages to markets. The SLPP government will plan, develop and implement infrastructure in Sierra Leone on an integrated, holistic and cross-sectoral development basis. In addition, full utilization will be made of inter-modal transport development. This approach will ensure inclusiveness and that the money spent on infrastructure development will bring about radical and major development across all sectors, thereby meaningfully transforming the lives of the people of Sierra Leone. For example, wherever a new road is constructed under the SLPP government, provisions will be made to ensure that along the same road corridor or alignment, there is a pipeline for fibre optic to improve ICT connectivity, or a pipeline for water to provide clean drinking water, transmission lines to transmit electricity to provide power and adequate electricity, industrial development such as manufacturing plants and factories, to provide jobs to improve the economy, agro-processing plants to ensure food security, access to other modes of transport such as in-land waterways, and rail and air access (as part of our future development plan). Therefore, by using this approach the construction of a single road will radically transform Sierra Leone by ensuring cross-sectoral and integrated infrastructure development. This will justify the amount spent on building the road rather than the current silo effect perpetuated by the APC government. Specifically, the SLPP administration will:

  • Promote and implement a holistic integrated infrastructure and sectoral development programme that will maximize the utility and effectiveness of infrastructure, thus greatly contributing to the overall socio-economic development of the country regardless of region.
  • Work collectively with the members of the MANO River Union (Liberia, Guinea and Cote D’Ivoire - CLSG) to develop further the sub-regional infrastructure Master plan particularly, in the Energy, Transport (Rail, Air, Sea) and ICT sectors, so that Sierra Leone’s obligations are met within the time frames established.
  • Conduct an Infrastructure Audit and Value Engineering of all completed, incomplete, and planned infrastructure projects in last 10 years to ascertain the technical integrity of all the projects to ensure their safety and sustainability as well as their value for money
  • Address the current traffic congestion in Freetown not only by the construction of new roads but also by employing proven and practical traffic engineering mitigation measures such as the use of actuated traffic light signals, directional traffic flows, channelization, the use of pedestrian only roadways, commercial vehicles only-roadway, peak and off-peak traffic directional flows, and effective traffic enforcement.
  • Explore other modes of transport within Freetown and the Western Area such as the construction of jetties and ferry terminals at strategic locations for commercial ferry and boat transport.
  • Explore the use of rail transport as part of the rail network to be connected to the West African Rail Network.
  • Pave all roads linking district capital towns.
  • Use of automated traffic signalization at key intersections in the cities of Freetown, Bo, Makeni and Kenema
  • Build wider roads and flyovers and under-passes to bridge gaps in the road network in view of easy East-West linkages in Freetown.
  • De-politicise the management of the Road Maintenance Fund and ensure funds are available in a timely manner for the works.
  • Explore the possibility of constructing a toll bridge to link Freetown with Tagrin
  • Devolve maintenance of township roads and feeder roads to local councils and especially provide requisite funding.
  • Promote the use of non-motorized transport (such as pushcarts and bicycles) in rural communities while developing busing services for mass transit in urban areas.
  • Complete a four lane express road from West to East Freetown within five years. Widen selected roads and build new flyovers at key junctions of Lumley, Congo Cross, Model, Eastern Police, Up Gun and Cline Town.
  • Increase public bussing services to all areas: 18 hours service a day.
  • Develop large transit centers at Masiaka, Rogbere Junction, Mile 91, Taiama, Moyamba, Bo and Makeni with facilities for accommodation, showers, toileting and restaurants.
  • Provide more mass transit facilities, especially by buses in large urban areas like Freetown, Bo, Kenema and Makeni.
  • The Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) will work more symbiotically with SLRA to ensure the death traps in our roads and sidewalks are eliminated, while improving on traffic flows at major intersections.
  • Ban the illegal use of unworthy and unlicensed articulated trucks on all major trunk roads after 1800 hours including heavy fines for the owners and drivers and seizure and confiscation of such vehicles
  • Ban the use of extra fog lights on all big trucks save those originally manufactured and affixed to such trucks

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Improving Energy Supply

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP Government’s objective will be to provide energy in sufficient quantities to all regions of the country to permit the continuous realization of the developmental goals of industry and the general population. The specific actions are to:

  • Restore electricity supply to all district capitals • Initiate a rural electrification programme that will supply electricity to all towns with population exceeding 20,000
  • Institute a Rural Electricity Board and a Rural Electricity Fund to promote electrification of rural areas with a view to making electricity readily and widely available in rural areas.
  • Each year, at least five villages and two towns in each district join the national grid or are connected off-grid on standalone solar or mini-hydro schemes.
  • Massive investment in renewable energy potential of the country in the areas of solar, hydro, wind and biomass
  • Promote the use of renewable and modern forms of energy like Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
  • Encourage the start of min-hydro schemes, solar energy schemes and provide special financial incentives to companies in this sector • Enhance female access to modern energy by investing in rural electrification, clean cooking fuel (propane gas) and household energy needs.
  • Encourage mining companies and other major industries to sell excess power to the national grid for the supply of power to the communities in which they operate and other contiguous areas.
  • Review and strengthen the institutional capacity of the regulatory Agency for the water and electricity sectors
  • Promote energy efficiency measures nationwide • Follow up on the reform of the power sector including connection in the West African Power Pool

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Diaspora Affairs

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP will:

  • Examine the laws relating to dual citizenship with a view to allowing Sierra Leonean Diaspora to fully participate in the politics of Sierra Leone
  • Move the Office of Diaspora Affairs to the Ministry of Development and Economic Planning
  • De-politicise the staffing and management of Diaspora affairs
  • Mobilize highly skilled Sierra Leoneans for knowledge and skills transfer to Sierra Leone through volunteer services or short-term consultancy services or partnership between local and Diaspora professionals organizations
  • Mobilize and leverage Sierra Leonean Diaspora business communities for investment and trade in Sierra Leone
  • Study and develop mechanisms to facilitate investment and transfer of funds from the Diaspora in collaboration with Sierra Leonean financial institutions
  • Develop interactive mechanisms and special incentives for Sierra Leonean Diaspora Business communities
  • Encourage Sierra Leonean Diaspora to form professional fora abroad.
  • Improve on the consular services to the Sierra Leonean Diaspora
  • Build development funds targeting specific sectors of the economy and work with Diaspora or their representatives to be part of the implementation process.
  • Take necessary measures to enable Sierra Leoneans in Diaspora to vote overseas in public elections
  • Work with a host of countries to promote the interest and rights of Diasporas and allow them access jobs.

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Promoting Press Freedom and Strengthening Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

The promises: In the New Direction, the next SLPP administration will introduce the following reforms for the common good:

  • Repeal the seditious libel law
  • Adopt policies and laws to develop the capacity of journalists
  • Support the School of Journalism and other institutions to train journalists
  • Provide funding opportunities for journalists to establish press houses as corporate entities ·
  • Encourage the private sector to invest in the media
  • Provide a budgetary subvention to SLAJ
  • Enhance the capacity of the IMC to enforce the IMC Act
  • Review the legal and operational status of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation SLBC to make it a truly professional national broadcaster
  • Facilitate full implementation of Right to Access Information Act
  • Provide an opportunity for non-state actor quota to be reflected in aid received by the State from donors
  • Review donor funding architecture to establish a level playing field for NGOs and CSOs.
  • Streamline government operations especially in the Office of the President with a view to making it leaner, smarter, efficient and effective.
  • Strengthen existing donor guidelines by ensuring that the Office of NGOs in MoFED is independent and effective.
  • Reduce registration burden on non-state actors by eliminating multiple registration requirements.

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Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy

The promises: In the New Direction, the next SLPP government will place the highest premium on development and economic diplomacy as a core national interest. To this end, the location of existing and the establishment of new Embassies/Missions will be rationalised in order to achieve the greatest benefits consistent with the national interests of our country. In the New Direction, the SLPP government will:

  • Elaborate a new robust foreign policy for Sierra Leone with a clearly focused reorientation that will de-emphasize dependence on foreign aid in favour of promoting favourable development and trade relations consistent with evolving global trends and anticipated outcomes for national economic development
  • Restructure the Foreign Ministry to fully reflect the new national policy objectives
  • Take appropriate measures to introduce professionalism in the Foreign Ministry by injecting and maintaining the highest degree of careerism starting with the recruitment and training of very high calibre personnel as diplomats to be identified from amongst the best University graduates. This is aimed at rebranding the Foreign Ministry in order to introduce greater efficiency and effectiveness in the diplomatic service of the country and the recruitment of staff will not be encumbered by factors other than those that will ensure the highest degree of competence and professionalism
  • Evaluate our foreign embassies and missions for rehabilitation, upgrading and revitalizing
  • Screen and evaluate all consular personnel and introduce performance criteria consistent with national development outcomes
  • Support Research and Documentation to equip Foreign Ministry personnel with quality information at all times
  • Support training schemes to enable our diplomats acquire second and third language proficiencies
  • Raise the level of representation and performance in the organs of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the African Union (AU) and maintain full commitment for the domestication of all relevant international treaties and protocols
  • Maintain and strengthen national commitments to the Commonwealth, NonAligned Movement and the United Nations and all other multilateral organisations
  • Taking into account Brexit, develop a new development and foreign policy approach with the European Union

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Constitutional Reform

The promises: The next SLPP Government will maintain an unflinching fidelity to the 1991 Constitution and will give it every opportunity to grow and mature fully in its observance consistent with the will of the people before contemplating any wholesale review. In the meantime, weaknesses, shortcomings and other lacunae that manifest themselves in the course of application of the terms of the Constitution will be remedied by way of specific amendments of its relevant parts in order to give efficacy to the promotion and protection of good governance and respect for the Rule of Law at all times. To this end the next SLPP Government will:

  • Encourage citizens' participation in a strategic review exercise for swift amendments
  • Engage state and non-state actors in identifying thematic areas of the constitution for review
  • Undertake public education to underpin respect for the Constitution and the Rule of Law at all levels of society

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Strengthening Democratic Institutions

The promises: The next SLPP administration will ensure that all national democratic institutions are put back on track as a matter of urgency by restoring their autonomy, creating the necessary enabling environment to execute their statutory mandate and to serve the people well. Specifically, the new SLPP government will:

  • Review laws and policies guiding the functioning of democratic institutions with a view to restoring their autonomy and independence
  • Increase the role of non-state actors in the management of democratic institutions
  • Increase the transparency of the operations of democratic institutions
  • Develop the capacities of democratic institutions through adequate funding, qualified and competent human resources as well efficient and effective systems and procedures
  • Support the budgetary needs of democratic institutions without seeking to control their operations.

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Deepening Decentralisation and Strengthening Local and Chieftaincy Councils

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP government will:

  • Review the National Decentralisation Policy and amend the Local Government Act 2004
  • Complete the devolution of functions within the first one year
  • Reorganize the Local Government Service Commission and provide it with the relevant policy and regulatory tools, financial and organizational support to position it like its counterpart, the Public Service Commission
  • Review the local government grant making mechanism with a view to ensuring that the initial principles underpinning it (equity, need, lack of capacity to raise adequate own/local resources and even development across the country) forms the basis of computation, allocation and distribution of all grants irrespective of location and partisan composition
  • Allocate a standing Block Grant to support a scheme that will focus on performance
  • Bring chiefdom governance in line with local governance and make chiefdom structures play a major role in the decentralised service delivery process
  • Restore the dignity of Paramount Chiefs and bring them back to the centre stage of national governance with rights and obligations fully recognized and respected
  • Define new conditions of service for Paramount Chiefs and most essential chiefdom staff with a view to building capacity for future challenges
  • Provide mobility for Paramount Chiefs to facilitate outreach and the performance of their roles.
  • Harmonize the relationship between Local Councils and Council of Paramount Chiefs to ensure mutual respect and trust for effective service delivery
  • Restore the dignity and prestige of Paramount Chiefs by improving their conditions of service and making them an integral part of the local governance development process.
  • Construct official residence for all Paramount Chiefs
  • Review the Revenue Schedule to achieve clarity in the areas of responsibilities and roles of the different agents within the decentralization process
  • Reintroduce the Development Grant Allocation to Councils and increase the percentage of National Budget Allocation to Councils commensurate with their devolved responsibilities
  • Ensure that staff of MDAs managing the devolved sectors are supervised and controlled by the Local Councils.
  • Ensure that the salaries and other conditions of service of Local Council staff are aligned with the conditions of service of the Civil Service Commission
  • Ensure that Local Council staff have the opportunity of serving at the central level and vice versa  Take steps to entrench local governance in any revised National Constitution

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Advancing Rule of Law, Promoting Justice and Human Rights

The promises: The New Direction government will as a matter of utmost urgency undertake an overhaul of the judiciary and the justice delivery system in the country with a view to restoring public confidence in its independence and impartiality and make justice accessible and available for all. Specifically, the next SLPP government will:

  • Facilitate a national dialogue on 'A New Justice and Rule of Law System for 21st Century Sierra Leone.” This will lead to the preparation of a comprehensive Capacity Building Plan for the Justice Sector and increase budgetary allocations to the justice sector
  • Introduce legislative measures to further reinforce the independence of the justice system and reforms to demystify the law to expand access to justice
  • Train a cadre of 'paralegals' to support the sector in the country's extreme rural communities where the services of trained legal practitioner's currently pose a huge challenge.
  • Strengthen and capacitate the Legal Aid Programme to continue to provide legal aid services to our indigent and vulnerable citizens
  • Promote social dialogue with the Sierra Leone Bar Association to enhance effective and efficient judicial service delivery.
  • Consider the necessity to pursue a claim for international reparations arising out of the Civil War
  • Strengthen the Judicial Service Commission for the effective management of an independent justice system and for raising it to recognized international standard.
  • Make justice easily accessible by 'Tooling and Equipping' of the entire Justice sector – from police to the Supreme Court' through comprehensive capacity building.
  • Ensure effective partnership between justice sector and civil society
  • Ensure that the Law Reform Commission is adequately resourced and strengthened to execute its mandate.
  • Promote and protect fundamental human rights by establishing specialized Human Rights Courts in the judicial system and enforce a right based Bail and Sentencing policy.
  • Request technical assistance from the Commonwealth for augmentation of the justice system
  • Review legal education and promote measures for establishing an effective, fair and independent regulation of legal education and practice in Sierra Leone
  • Separate the role of Minister of Justice from the office of Attorney-General

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Strengthening and Repositioning the Civil Service

The promises: The New Direction will strengthen and modernize the Civil Service for effective and efficient service delivery. In the New Direction, the principal objective will be to restore the professionalism and efficiency of the civil service. Specifically, the SLPP government will:

  • Reinforce political commitment and provide strong leadership in the reform agenda
  • Rationalize the structure of the public service with a view to having a clear political leadership and direction.
  • Restructure the Human Resources Management (HRM) Office by creating the necessary departments that will be staffed by career Human Resources Officers with the right competencies and skills with a view to modernizing the Civil service to face the challenges of the 21st century.
  • Develop a new architecture of State governance and a national civil service organogram.
  • Review the Civil Service Code and Regulations
  • Establish a National Civil Service Capacity Enhancement scheme.
  • Reintroduce and scale-up 'hire purchase scheme' and housing scheme for serving members of the Civil and related services to enable them to acquire capital items (with values consistent with their official emoluments).

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Improving Security Governance for Development

The promises: The New Direction will seek to build TRUST between citizenry and security forces. We will build on the progressive reforms of the security sector that commenced after the end of the war, with a focus on professionalization, de-politicisation and equipping of all forces and agencies for effective service delivery. Specifically, we will:

  • Improve the conditions of service of all service men and women.
  • Ensure recruitment, promotions, transfers and deployment of service personnel are conducted in a fair and transparent manner taking due account of professionalism.
  • Re-introduce community screening of recruits into the RSLAF and SLP.
  • Provide adequate housing for RSLAF and SLP service men and women and their families.
  • Make fully functional the Air Force and Navy as part of the Tri-Service of our RSLAF.
  • Work towards mechanizing and modernizing the RSLAF to enable them generate revenue to contribute to nontraditional military functions such as relief, disaster interventions, agriculture and construction.
  • Upgrade healthcare for service, ex-service men and women and their families
  • Provide subsidised education support for all RSLAF and SLP officers and their children intending to pursue professional higher education at national institutions.
  • Ensure a more transparent and value-added participation of our security sector in peacekeeping missions around the world.
  • Review all allowances of men and women serving in UN Peacekeeping Missions to bring them in line with new increases by the UN and ensure that they are paid at their duty post.
  • Take immediate steps to decongest our prisons and institute reforms in the areas of pre-trial detention, prison management and sentencing.
  • Develop an updated fire policy with attendant regulations and guidelines for the fire force.
  • Establish and equip fire force services at district headquarters
  • Remove disaster management from the Office of National Security and establish a national specialized agency for disaster preparedness and management.
  • Set up an integrated immigration network system linking key border posts with the immigration headquarters in Freetown to facilitate data processing and storage.
  • Increase support to the civil registration system.
  • Institute measures to create a National Immigration Service with a view to making it semi-autonomous in the discharge of some of its functions.
  • Reverse Sierra Leone's image as an easy target for money laundering and drug transhipment.
  • Review the laws against drug trafficking with a view to empowering the state to seize and forfeit assets of drug traffickers to meet national and international obligations.

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Fighting Corruption and Improving Accountability

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP government will treat corruption not only as a governance issue but as a national security threat. It will therefore leave no stone unturned in its fight against corruption. In particular, the New Direction will:

  • Review within the first 100 days the ACC Act to include the publication of all assets declaration forms of all public officials before they take office and upon leaving office.
  • Commit the political leadership to lead in the fight against corruption
  • Review the relevant provisions of the Constitution of Sierra Leone 1991 (including Section 119 in particular) and the ACC Act to strengthen the ACC’s investigative and prosecutorial mandate with respect to audit reports tabled by the ASSL before
  • Parliament to give it powers to proceed without the need to wait for Parliamentary investigations
  • Develop value systems and implement a robust merit and reward system in public and private life.
  • Categorize corruption and measure it in terms of its economic costs to the nation such as low, medium, high and very serious, in a manner that attracts harsher and stiffer penalties for more serious infractions.
  • Ensure the full implementation of all recommendations in annual audits of the ASSL and of Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
  • Commit to adhering to and implementing the Access to Information Act to deepen the fight against corruption.
  • Adopt a new framework to ensure accountability and transparency in the public sector in the form of National Public Sector Transparency and Accountability Initiative (NAPSTAI) to subject the public sector to more scrutiny by civil society and development partners.
  • Provide support to CSOs to enhance their capacity to prepare appropriate shadow reports on issues of transparency and corruption.
  • Enhance inter-agency cooperation at the local and national government levels to prevent, detect and punish corrupt practices.
  • Set up a system for planning, monitoring and reporting on Development Results referred to as Results-Based Management (RBM) wherein development targets will be set at the start of each year and senior managers will be accountable for delivering on these results.
  • Improve social accountability in which public officials and non-state actors will give account of their stewardship.
  • Strengthen Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS), District Budget Oversight (DBO) by citizens.
  • Popularize and enforce a comprehensive code of conduct for public officials to regulate their conduct whilst in public office.
  • Establish a special anti-corruption division in the High Court to promote judicial specialization and expeditious trial of corruption cases.

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Building and Promoting National Cohesion

The promises: The New Direction SLPP Government will make every citizen of Sierra Leone to feel and believe they are an integral part of an inseparable and indivisible country. It will promote inclusive politics, inclusive governance and inclusive development as the only guarantor for enduring peace and security. The next SLPP Government will launch a Presidential Initiative that will be heralded by a national conference on diversity management and rebuilding of national cohesion. Specifically, we will:

  • Initiate policy reforms to ensure that Sierra Leoneans are free to live and work anywhere in the country regardless of tribe, region and other considerations. In this regard, the template requirement on all official documents that identifies the ethnic identity of individuals will be expunged.
  • Fully implement the national youth service scheme where young people from one part of the country will be cross-posted to other parts for their national youth service. 
  • Encourage all political parties to undertake initiatives aimed at diversifying their membership across regional and ethnic divides

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Protecting and Empowering our Workers

The promises: In the new Direction, the next SLPP Government will adopt a Sierra Leonean First Policy wherein the interest of Sierra Leoneans will be first. The next SLPP Government will:

  • Implement the Local Content Act
  • Review existing mechanisms issuing and enforcing work permits with a view to creating opportunities for Sierra Leoneans to hold positions for which they are qualified and make the monitoring of people issued work permits more effective
  • Review all laws, regulations and agreements to ensure that apart from statutory social security benefits, employers have in place medical and insurance policies consistent with international best practice
  • Train Sierra Leoneans either by way of a buddy system, having them as counterparts or other alternatives that ensure that skills transfer is enhanced
  • Include in agreements with foreign firms the requirement to fund critical skills
  • Domesticate (where necessary) and enforce core labour standards adopted by the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Strengthen the industrial court and ensure that all labour related disputes are speedily tried
  • Establish a Minimum Wage Board comprising Government agencies and private agencies with the primary responsibility of setting minimum wage at regular intervals 
  • Capacitate the Ministry of Labour to enable it to monitor and enforce the labour laws, policies and regulations effectively
  • Review and adopt corporate governance code setting out the key principles relating to ethical and sustainably managed organizations
  • Collaborate effectively with the Sierra Leone Labour Congress and relevant Trade Union organisations within the Congress to promote social dialogue to ensure industrial peace and maintain harmonious industrial relations in the country
  • Conduct a comprehensive systems audit that will entail financial, procurement, technical and management audits and an audit of all its investments with a view to restructuring NASSIT and making it more effective and efficient
  • Review the NASSIT Act and restructure the institution to make it more efficient and effective for achieving its objectives.

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Sexual Violence

The promises:

  • Review and increase budgetary resources for the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act of 2012.
  • Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA) and national NGOs to provide psychosocial services to all victims
  • Strengthen knowledge of the referral pathway of sexual abuse
  • Stigmatization of perpetrators of sexual violence
  • Increase the capacity of the FSU, the Ministry of Justice and the judiciary to investigate and prosecute reported cases and punish the perpetrators without any exception, including by not accepting any out-of-court settlements in such cases
  • Strengthen protection, rehabilitation and reintegration support for victims of sexual abuse.

Manifesto Reference: Protecting our Children

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Teenage Pregnancy

The promises:

  • Review and implement the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy
  • Strengthen Teenage Pregnancy Secretariat
  • Design and launch a national programme on adolescents and sexual and reproductive health
  • Increase opportunities for pregnant girls and teenage mothers to have access to education through appropriate means.

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Child Marriage

The promises:

  • Design policies, harmonise and standardise laws to combat child marriage
  • Develop a national strategy to combat child marriage
  • Provide protection, rehabilitation and reintegration support for victims of child marriage
  • Make school attendance for children legally compulsory and penalise parents/guardians who wilfully flout the law

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Children Deprived of Family Environment

The promises:

  • Carryout a nationwide survey of children without care and protection, including children living in the street
  • Review, adopt and implement the draft Child Welfare Policy, ensuring that vulnerable families are given support to take care of their children and address violence against children in the home
  • Strengthen the capacities of the MSWGCA and city and district councils to fully implement the Alternative Care Policy on street children
  • Amend the laws regulating adoption laws and ensure that measures are put in place for legal procedures for adoption

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Child Trafficking

The promises:

  • Review the 2005 Trafficking in Person Act and include sufficiently stringent sentences that include longer term imprisonment
  • Increase efforts to arrest, prosecute and convict traffickers, including addressing procedural delays and judicial corruption as well as ensuring survivors’ safety and enabling their participation in judicial processes, both to increase prosecution rates and offer survivors compensation
  • Train prosecutors and judges to investigate and prosecute trafficking cases
  • Enact the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Crime (2000).

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Child Labour

The promises:

  • Review and enforce laws relating to child labour
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy/policy to address child labour in all its forms and ensure that there are increased opportunities for children to access quality education
  • Strengthen the Local Councils to monitor and ensure the implementation of Child Labour Policy and/or Strategy

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Juvenile Justice

The promises:

  • Develop and implement a new comprehensive law on juvenile justice, particularly ensuring child justice;
  • Provide training for all professionals and personnel dealing with children in conflict with the law, including police, social workers, probation officers, magistrates and judges
  • Develop community-based rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for juveniles in conflict with the law, thereby lessening the risk of recidivism
  • Rehabilitate places of deprivation of liberty for children and equip them with psychosocial and educational programmes

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Protecting Persons Living with Disability and our Aged

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP government will:

  • Review and implement policies and laws relating to disability, especially making public facilities disability friendly.
  • Revisit the administration and implementation of the Social Safety Net Programme
  • Provide free education for the physically challenged at all levels pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary level
  • Review and improve incentives for Teachers in Special Needs Institutions.
  • Provide free health care for the physically challenged and the aged
  • Increase access of persons living with disability and aged to public housing
  • Provide welfare assistance to persons living with disability and the aged
  • Provide livelihood support to persons living with disability for economic empowerment.

Manifesto Reference: Protecting Persons Living with Disability and Our Aged, Empowering our Youth, Women and the Disadvantaged

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Empowering our Women

The promises: In the New Direction, we will promote gender equality, equity, empowerment, and the protection of the rights of women either as mainstreamed interventions, or as stand-alone initiatives. Our specific actions will be to:

  • Provide training and educational opportunities for our women
  • Establish a Women’s Development Fund to support female entrepreneurs
  • Promote women in agriculture through direct support to them for large-scale farming and agro-processing activities; providing market information about local and export markets and facilitate the exporting of farm products; providing improved facilities for fish processing and poultry, and promoting female access to land and other strategic resources
  • Enhance female access to modern energy by investing in rural electrification, clean cooking fuel and household energy needs.
  • Make amendments to the procurement laws that would give preferential treatment to performing female contractors
  • Provide support for women’s led organization in rural areas to participate in economic and political activities.
  • Provide free education to women pursuing sciences, engineering and medical disciplines at university.
  • Establish a National Commission for Gender Affairs to develop, co-ordinate, monitor and support the implementation of gender laws and policies
  • Improve expertise in the field of gender by supporting training programmes for gender in institutions
  • Domesticate and implement national and international instruments in support of women empowerment.
  •  Increase the chances of women in politics through:
    • Amendment of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone with a view to increasing the chances of women to participate in politics.
    • Make mandatory for all political parties to enact gender policies that will specify among other things a threshold for women in executive positions and local councils and parliamentary positions.
    • Review and enact the minimum 30% Quota Bill which creates the chance for women to hold 30% of positions in elective and appointive positions.
    • Provide training and funding for female candidates for public elections

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Sports

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP government will:

  • Review the policy and legal environment for sports development
  • Increase budgetary support to sporting activities, in particular football, athletics, cricket, volley ball and basketball.
  • Establish a Sports Development Fund that will be financed from various sources, including corporate establishments and international sporting organizations and Government
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive capacity building programme for all sporting disciplines
  • Reactivate school and community sporting activities with a view to identifying and developing talents for national and international competitions
  • Recommence national competition for all sporting activities
  • Establish sports academies and provide facilities for sports development and recreation around the country
  • Develop the administrative, technical and support services for sports.
  • Build standard stadium facilities in all regions and Western Rural to enhance the capacity of Sierra Leone

Manifesto Reference: Empowering our Youth, Empowering our Youth, Women and the Disadvantaged

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Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Music and Performing Arts

The promises:

  • Review and enforce the copyright laws.
  • Review policies and establish standards for promotion of music and performing arts.
  • Establish institutions and introduce training at vocational and university level in music, film and video production.
  • Establish an Arts Gallery and Theatre for Performing Arts in all regional capitals.
  • Promote Sierra Leonean music and musicians nationally and internationally and maintain good business ethics in the industry.
  • Re-establish and develop cultural village.

Manifesto Reference: Empowering our Youth, Empowering our Youth, Women and the Disadvantaged

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Julius Maada Bio

Public Works

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP Government will increase investment in housing and public works to create jobs for youth through:

  • Train youths in the use of local materials and the use of appropriate technology for housing construction
  • Design and implement a national programme for housing and urban renewal programme in all local councils for the improvement of roads, drainages, bridges, general sanitation and poor environmental management for job creation

Manifesto Reference: Empowering our Youth, Women and the Disadvantaged, Empowering our Youth

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Julius Maada Bio

Economic Empowerment

The promises:

  • Establish a special Youth Empowerment Fund to support youth engaged in small and medium scale entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Promote youth engagement in agriculture through the provision of direct support in the form of finance, market information, technology and technical advice to youth (including agricultural graduates) to engage in commercial agriculture and agroprocessing activities.

Manifesto Reference: Empowering our Youth, Women and the Disadvantaged, Empowering our Youth

Status
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Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

National Youth Scheme

The promises:

  • Review the current design of the National Youth Service and support its implementation
  • Promote internships to enhance the capacities of graduates to enable them compete effectively for jobs in the labour market
  • Promote public-private partnership in the redesign and implementation of the scheme

Manifesto Reference: Empowering our Youth, Women and the Disadvantaged, Empowering our Youth

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Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

The promises:

  • The objective of TVET is to provide technical skills to youth in areas relevant for the job market as prescribed under the section on education and training.

Manifesto Reference: Empowering our Youth, Empowering our Youth, Women and the Disadvantaged

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Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Service Delivery

The promises:

  • Increase the number of health facilities to ensure that every citizen can access health facility within 3 mile radius
  • Ensure that every facility has the minimum number of technical staff as required by the Ministry of Health
  • Review and upgrade the training curriculum in existing health institutions for all levels of training to provide care services for existing ailments
  • Develop the infrastructure and provide trained tutors to the health training institutions
  • Introduce a National Ambulance Service through public-private partnerships
  • Establish blood transfusion units in all district hospitals and ensure regular and adequate supply of blood in health facilities, particularly during birth.
  • Review policies and strengthen systems and scale up interventions to address maternal and child malnutrition.
  • Introduce a National Tele-medicine Programme to deliver health education and care services to all.
  • Improve on the procurement, storage and distribution of drugs and supplies to ensure drug availability in health facilities at all times.
  • Launch a flagship programme for sexual and reproductive health for adolescents to reduce teenage pregnancy and the alarming maternal mortality
  • Introduce public-private partnership in health facility management and health care service delivery in public hospitals and Peripheral Health Units
  • Establish modern Infectious and Tropical Disease Control Centres in Freetown and in the regional capitals.
  • Develop Mental Health Treatment and Care Facilities in Freetown and build new facilities in the provinces

Manifesto Reference: Improving Health Care

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Disease Prevention, Control and Surveillance

The promises:

  • Improve waste management in growing urban communities through
    • re-introducing special cleaning days
    • strengthening and expanding coverage of public-private partnership in garbage collection
    • introducing recycling and incinerator facilities
    • promoting waste to energy project
    • re-introduce sanitary inspectors under the supervision of the local councils
  • Intensify campaigns against diseases and promote hygienic practices
  • Scale up interventions for the prevention and management of both communicable and non-communicable diseases
  • Develop diagnostics and treatment facilities that can provide quality health care service at affordable cost and save the much needed foreign exchange usually spent on people for treatment overseas through
    • Equipping laboratory facilities in all district hospitals with modern equipment and materials for testing and x-ray facilities
    • Provide modern equipment including scanning and dialysis machines, CD4 count machines in all regional hospitals that will diagnose illness we usually pay for overseas
  • Scale up and sustain delivery of maternal and child immunisation programmes

Manifesto Reference: Improving Health Care

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Expanding and Improving Free Health Care Management

The promises:

  • Expand coverage for free health care to cover not only children under five years, pregnant women and lactating mothers but to include all school going children
  • Legislate the free health care programme
  • Establish and strengthen national, district and community-based monitoring of free health care drugs and services
  • Strengthen the drug distribution system

Manifesto Reference: Improving Health Care

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Human Resource Management

The promises:

  • Strengthen human resource management making functional the Health Service Commission and developing a comprehensive Human Development Plan that would ensure the immediate absorption of trained health workers in the public service
  • Improve on the conditions of health workers for all categories to attract and retain them.
  • Develop special incentive scheme for trained medical doctors and those working in remote areas

Manifesto Reference: Improving Health Care

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Health Financing

The promises:

  • Increase budgetary allocation to health and sanitation from its current level of less than 10% to 15% as required by the Abuja Declaration and ensure timely disbursement of allocated resources
  • Review and implement the National Health Insurance Scheme to provide universal access to health care and establish a Board to manage it
  • Improve on the co-ordination of all interventions by government and donors including NGOs.
  • Strengthen the management of all resources allocated to the health sector and effectively track all donor resources to the sector

Manifesto Reference: Improving Health Care

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Health Governance

The promises:

  • Enhance the capacity for health planning, management, monitoring and co-ordination.
  • Develop a new National Health Policy and Action Plan to translate the New Direction into concrete programmes.
  • Develop a robust policy and legal framework for Public-Private-Partnership in the health sector.
  • Develop a new NGO/donor co-ordination policy that will make them more accountable and integrated into the public health programmes
  • Develop and implement a Blood Bank policy that will ensure that blood is available in facilities at critical moments such as surgery and delivery.
  • Review laws and policies relating to regulatory bodies such as Medical and Dental Association and make them more functional
  • Promote social dialogue with relevant stakeholders in the health sector including but not limited to the Sierra Leone Health Service Workers Union, the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association and the Nurses and Midwives Association
  • Strengthen Health Management and Information System (HMIS) to support informed strategic decision-making, programme development, management and evaluation by providing quality data at all levels at all times.

Manifesto Reference: Improving Health Care

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Civic Education

The promises:

  • Launch a National Programme on Civic Education
  • Develop curriculum and materials for civic education
  • Re-introduce Civic Education in schools and train civic educators

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Increasing Access to Quality Technical and Vocational Education

The promises:

  • The New Direction believes that training is the foundation for enhancing the country’s competitiveness. SLPP will establish in every district capital one polytechnic that will be fully equipped with modern tools and equipment for technical vocational education and training in areas with high potential for job creation as part of our Skills for Jobs Competitiveness Programme
  • Establish technical and vocational centres in all chiefdoms that would provide training in areas relevant for the rural sector such as hand-pump repairs, bicycle, motorcycle (okada) and vehicle repairs, fabrication and maintenance of agricultural tools and equipment
  • Review and standardize the curriculum and certification for TVET for government and private service providers
  • Develop a national apprenticeship scheme which can provide internship for trainees of TVET institutes and at the same time provide direct training for youth
  • Increase budgetary allocation and disbursement for technical and vocational education to improve on the infrastructure, training tools and equipment, human resources development as well as monitoring and supervision of TVET so that degrees and certificates by local TVET institutes are of quality standard and nationally and internationally acceptable
  • Adopt a policy for private companies to provide support in the form of infrastructure, modern tools and equipment and specialised training to TVET institutes within and around their areas of operation in line with Local Content Act and as part of Corporate Social Responsibilities
  • Grant autonomy and empower District Councils and the private sector to supervise TVET in order to allow central government freedom to focus on governance and policy particularly through implementation of new programmes. These interest groups and stakeholders are better placed to drive TVET at district level.

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Increasing Access to Functional Adult Literacy Education

The promises:

  • Establish at least one Functional Adult Literacy Centre using existing school facility in every chiefdom.
  • Support special functional literacy programmes for women
  • Review the development of a curriculum for adult literacy
  • Integrate literacy programmes into agricultural and livelihood programmes

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Increasing the number of Qualified Teacher

The promises:

  • Establish teacher training campuses/colleges in all district capitals
  • Expand and improve on distance learning education for teachers
  • Provide free tuition for teacher education
  • Introduce and expand on teaching of foreign languages, notably French in teacher training colleges

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Improving the conditions of Teachers

The promises: In the New Direction, the SLPP will raise the morale and productivity of our teachers. To this end, a Presidential Initiative for teachers will be launched. The Initiative will ensure that matters relating to teachers are treated with utmost importance. Other specific actions include:

  • Review the functions and making functional the Teachers Service Commission with a view to creating opportunities for teachers to have a career path
  • Develop a special incentive scheme for Science and French teachers as well as teachers in remote areas and those in special needs institutions
  • Introduce THE BEST TEACHER award for the most innovative, ingenious and dedicated teachers at national and district levels
  • Build staff quarters and embark on long-term housing scheme for teachers
  • Provide free university education for three children of every school teacher with at least 10 years’ teaching experience  Review the status of Community Teachers nationwide

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Education Financing and Management

The promises: Whilst the Government will continue to be the principal investor in the education sector, it will also secure support from donors, NGOs and the private sector within a context of a more robust policy and legal framework. Specifically, in the New Direction, the Government will:

  • Increase government budgetary allocation and disbursement from less than 15% to 20% of GDP in line with the Education for All (EFA) target
  • Develop a new policy and legal framework to attract additional donor and private sector investment in education
  • Improve on the co-ordination of all interventions by government, donors including NGOs
  • Strengthening the management of all resources allocated to the education sector and effectively track all donor resources to the sector
  • Promote social dialogue with relevant stakeholders in the education service delivery including the Sierra Leone Teachers Union

Manifesto Reference: Improving Education and Skills Training

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Supporting the Production of Manufacturing Raw Materials

The promises:

  • Incentivise credit institutions to provide credit to agricultural activities producing raw materials for local manufacturing industries
  • Provide support in the forms of improved seedlings, extension services and transportation to farmers.

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Manufacturing Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Promoting Trade Integration to Promote Export

The promises:

  • Actively participate in regional trade initiatives within the Mano River Union (MRU) and ECOWAS
  • Develop roads infrastructure linking neighbouring countries to Sierra Leone from all border districts

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Manufacturing Sector

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Promoting Manufacturing Industries producing Farm Implements, School Materials and Medical Supplies

The promises:

  • Provide special incentives to industries producing farm implements, school materials and medical supplies

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Manufacturing Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Technical Skills Development

The promises:

  • Align the curriculum of technical and vocation institutes with the needs of the manufacturing sector
  • Provide training materials and equipment for practical training
  • Train staff in areas relevant for manufacturing industrialisation
  • Develop a national internship and apprenticeship programme in areas relevant for
  • manufacturing industry

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Manufacturing Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Providing Finance for Local Entrepreneurs for Manufacturing Industrialisation

The promises:

  • Encourage credit institutions including banks to provide credit to entrepreneurs in manufacturing sector, particularly those in agro-processing
  • Train nationals in enterprise management

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Manufacturing Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Establishing Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Export Processing Zones (EPZ)

The promises:

  • Identify and plan locations for establishing SEZ and EPZ with environmental protection focus.
  • Provide the SEZ and EPZ with all needed infrastructure

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Manufacturing Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Improving the Environment for Manufacturing Industrialisation

The promises:

  • Review policy and laws to promote local manufacturing
  • Improve on the ease of doing business and competitiveness of manufacturing industries

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Manufacturing Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Improving Infrastructure

The promises:

  • Develop reliable, regular, cost effective and sustainable energy sources for manufacturing sector development
  • Develop and adapt technology for manufacturing
  • Develop transport network linking sources of raw materials and manufacturing zones

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Manufacturing Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Improving Policy and Legal Environment

The promises:

  • Review and upgrade all tourism-related laws, regulations and policies to ensure consistency with regional and global best practices
  • Develop a master plan for the tourism sector in line with the revised laws and policies
  • Establish a Tourism Information Register (TIR)

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Tourism Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Rehabilitating and Develop Historic and Cultural Sites

The promises:

  • Prepare a rehabilitation plan for all strategic historic sites in Sierra Leone
  • Establish public-private partnership to manage historic sites

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Tourism Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Developing Infrastructure

The promises:

  • Designate tourist attraction areas and provide them with the needed infrastructure including water, electricity and communications
  • Develop tourist infrastructure (such as beach resorts, eco villages and research camps)
  • Facilitate the construction of a toll bridge to link Freetown and Lungi Airport

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Tourism Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Developing Skills in Tourism

The promises:

  • Conduct a Skills Audit of the Tourism Sector
  • Prepare a Manpower Development Plan for the Tourism Sector
  • Upgrade the existing school for hotel management and tourism in terms of materials, equipment and staffing
  • Introduce higher education programmes for tourism
  • Promote public-private partnership for tourism training

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Tourism Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Diversifying Tourism Products

The promises: Promote adventure tours such as safaris, jungle tours, mountain trekking Support local entrepreneurs to promote tourism based activities linking with rural economy, harvest seasons, wildlife, farming practices, art, culture and religions

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Tourism Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Promoting good governance and sustainable management of fisheries

The promises:

  • Strengthen policy and regulatory framework for fish resources by:
    • Revising the existing fisheries policy and finalization of the fisheries and aquaculture legislation
    • Developing a Strategic Action Plan to implement the policy
    • Institutional and management review of the MFMR
  • Register all fishing vessels:
    • Develop a web-based database of all industrial fishing fleets 29
    • Conduct a survey of all artisanal canoes and conduct systematic registration of the artisanal fleet with markings
  • Assess the status of key fish stocks (knowledge on the status of resources):
    • Enhance the MFMR data collection system
    • Enhance the research institute (IMBO)
    • Conduct periodic indirect surveys of key fish stocks (Pelagic and demersal)
  • Promote transparency by publicizing all fisheries management information such as the revenues, licence fees, vessels committing infractions, fines paid by vessels, etc.
  • Prepare and implement Management Plans that set levels of sustainable exploitation for targeted fisheries and create rights and allocation mechanisms for such fisheries
  • Introduce community-led management systems at the community level, transferring management responsibility to the community to manage their adjacent coastal fish resources
  • Develop inclusive communication strategies to serve as platforms for publicizing and informing the public about government’s vision and development programmes for the fisheries sector

Manifesto Reference: Improving Management of Marine Resources

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Reduction of illegal fishing

The promises: Establish an enabling environment for reducing illegal fishing through regional and international cooperation and collaboration:

  • Establish an enabling legal and regulatory environment for combating illegal fishing
  • Revitalize the Joint Maritime Committee (JMC)
  • Implementing effective and sustainable surveillance systems

Manifesto Reference: Improving Management of Marine Resources

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Improve handling of fish and fish products.

The promises:

  • Construction of fish landing site clusters
    • Construction of Fish Harbours with solar-powered cold chain facilities
    • Construction or rehabilitation of existing landing sites
  • Training on basic hygiene practices and sanitary operating procedures
  • Rehabilitation of existing laboratories for fish quality and support accreditation to certify fish and fisheries products for export to the EU and other foreign destinations
  • Strengthen the capacity of the competent authority to certify fish and fisheries products for export
  • Training and demonstration on new smoking and drying technology
  • Facilitate the establishment of micro-credit facilities for women engaged in fisheries

Manifesto Reference: Improving Management of Marine Resources

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Aquaculture Development

The promises:

  • Develop a policy and regulatory framework for sustainable aquaculture
  • Construct pilot hatchery stations to produce fingerlings in pre-determined locations
  • Develop a business model and market analyses of Sierra Leone’s capacity in feed production and farming technology
  • Identify linkages between wild fisheries and aquaculture, paying special attention to the mangrove area protection and replantation.

Manifesto Reference: Improving Management of Marine Resources

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Oil and Gas Governance

The promises:

  • Design a more appropriate petroleum policy taking account of the national context in the expectation of achieving rapid results and better practice, allowing incremental improvements to governance
  • Review policies and laws on oil and gas to be guided by a clear vision for the development of the country and a strategic view of how the petroleum sector will deliver that vision
  • Invest in geological data acquisition and strengthen pre-qualification criteria and ensure transparency to attract the best oil and gas companies
  • Simplify both negotiations and tax structures to mitigate knowledge asymmetries with oil companies in order to reap early revenues and maximize long-term national benefits
  • Government and the oil sector will engage and share information with concerned communities to manage local expectations regarding the sector and build trust
  • Government will build capabilities for the meaningful participation of national organizations in oil and gas resource development
  • Government will enforce the implementation of local content laws by working with oil companies to increase the participation of Sierra Leoneans and their competent businesses in the oil sector

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Management of Oil and Gas Exploration

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Petroleum Fiscal Regime

The promises:

  • Enact policies that will extend to ensure promotion, attraction and facilitation of foreign oil and gas investments through a competent and independent petroleum directorate
  • The government will assert its commitment in providing lucrative fiscal incentives for foreign oil and gas companies. It will also embrace policies to assist investors with corporate and business formalization processes
  • Expedite investment approval processes and acquisition of all necessary licenses, permits and authorization within acceptable timeframes
  • Re-evaluate oil block data and dimensions to enable the best companies to have the most prospective blocks, guarantee a supportive and favorable legal framework that promises effective facilitation, protection and guaranteed foreign investments rights
  • The fiscal regime will require companies to meet their end of grace time drilling in order to maintain their licenses. Defaulting on drilling obligatory wells will require a complete drilling programme from the concerned company to ensure that it meets its contract obligations and accelerates development and production.
  • The new policy will award licenses to companies who have proven track records of finance and technical performance.

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Management of Oil and Gas Exploration

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Capacity Building

The promises:

  • Restructure the Petroleum Directorate by recruiting trained and qualified Sierra Leoneans without reference to their ethnic or regional origin
  • Regular performance assessment will be conducted to maintain competence and improve output
  • Through Corporate Social Responsibility schemes, the government will work with companies to train and employ Sierra Leonean women into the diverse pool of specialties in the sector
  • Strengthen and upgrade the Petroleum Directorate to a Commission to report directly to the President and will be solely responsible for the affairs of oil and gas in Sierra Leone.

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Management of Oil and Gas Exploration

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Strengthen the National Minerals Agency (NMA)

The promises: Strengthen the National Minerals Agency (NMA)

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Management of Mineral Resources

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Require transactions between mining companies and their affiliates to be made upon arms-length terms

The promises: Require transactions between mining companies and their affiliates to be made upon arms-length terms (including pricing), and requiring such transactions to be accompanied by contemporaneous documentation. The Government should have the right to review the terms of all such transactions

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Management of Mineral Resources

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Ensure that all mining companies comply with the local content policy.

The promises: Ensure that all mining companies comply with the local content policy.

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Management of Mineral Resources

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Enforce corporate social responsibility in all mining activities

The promises: Enforce corporate social responsibility in all mining activities

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Management of Mineral Resources

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Improving Governance and Research in the Agricultural Sector

The promises:

  • Develop a robust policy framework and action plan to guide the planning and development of the sector
  • Enhance capacity of agricultural stakeholders through the development and implementation of comprehensive Human Resource Development Plan targeting farmers, agricultural workers and agricultural instructors and teachers and establishing links in the education system from formal teaching to professional training
  • Promote agricultural research through the establishment and strengthening of Research institutions
  • Strengthen capacity of the Ministry of Agriculture at all levels, farm associations and relevant institutions linked to agriculture.
  • Re-introduction of co-operatives to improve value addition and marketing of food crops, cash crops and livestock products from the rural communities to national level.

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Agricultural Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Improving Land Management

The promises:

  • Improve mechanisms of land leases for bio-fuel for the benefit of food production with less or no social conflict
  • Develop clear policies and laws relating to leasing of land
  • Make public all land agreements
  • Define and implement the regulatory framework and effective enforcement mechanism
  • Put in place better environmental management mechanisms

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Agricultural Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Improving Water Management

The promises:

  • Develop productive In-land Valley Swamps (IVS) and water ways to increase productivity through the invigoration of Land and Water Development Division (LWDD) of the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS)
  • Increase, develop and rationalize the water resources and agro climatological activities in relation to agricultural development and the agro ecological areas of the country
  • Develop a national soil conservation and management programme geared towards controlling land degradation
  • Develop a national irrigation and drainage programme geared towards reducing dependence on rain-fed agriculture and rationally develop and use agricultural water to take advantage of agro-climatic conditions

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Agricultural Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Increasing Livestock Production

The promises:

  • Revive livestock research stations, notably the Teko Livestock Research Centre and the Musaia Livestock Station
  • Re-establish veterinary clinics in all districts
  • Support Njala University and proven poultry farmers to establish and expand on hatcheries that will ensure the supply of adequate day old chicks to meet the growing demand in the country
  • Promote the production of maize to provide basic feed inputs
  • Establish pilot intensive cattle production areas in appropriate agro-ecologies in the country to ensure amicable coexistence between cattle rearers and farmers
  • Provide training at tertiary level in animal health
  • Establish livestock clinics in all districts and build capacity of middle level manpower in providing health care to animals

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Agricultural Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Increasing cash crop production

The promises:

  • Adopt the use of improved varieties of cocoa, coffee, cashew, oil palm and non-traditional cash crops
  • Facilitate the establishment of cash crop cooperatives and provide training in the processing of cash crop to become competitive for export
  • Upgrade the capacity of Standard Bureau to effectively monitor quality of cash crops
  • Provide support for rehabilitation of existing plantations and establishment of new ones

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Agricultural Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Increasing Food Crop Production

The promises:

  • Improve the seed bank system through rejuvenating the seed multiplication centres to attract reliable private sector players in seed multiplication and linking appropriate farm enterprises and the Agricultural Business Centres with seed companies for the production and distribution of certified seeds.
  • Develop and implement mechanized commercial farming to transform the traditional subsistence agricultural sector.
  • Diversify crops production through introduction of non-traditional crops
  • Review the present input and output market system to offer farmers and stakeholders along the value chain an opportunity to assess the prevailing input market environment vis-à-vis constraints and potentials for future development purpose
  • Review the legal, regulatory and policy framework guiding the importation, distribution and use of farm inputs
  • Provide duty free support, concessions to local industries engaged in the fabrication of farm tools and supply for other farm inputs
  • Put mechanisms in place for public and private partnership in tractor management
  • Provide and adopt appropriate varieties, coupled with efficient use of water, nutrients and technology to increase productivity in rice and cassava
  • Promote the safe use of organic and inorganic fertilizers
  • Rehabilitate feeder roads linking farming communities to markets

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Agricultural Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Increasing investment in agriculture

The promises:

  • Increase budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector to 10% in line with the Maputo Accord.
  • Promote domestic financing of schemes that would compel persons seeking political office at ministerial and parliamentary levels to invest in agriculture
  • Work with all mining firms to invest into agriculture, particularly, in support of land owners in their new locations as part of their resettlement plans
  • Encourage local banks through various incentives to lend to the private sector for agricultural purposes
  • Revisit the policy and legal framework on land tenure to make agriculture attractive to foreign investors and at the same time protect the interest of land owners

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Agricultural Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Capacitating Bank of Sierra Leone

The promises:

  • Strengthen regulation and supervisory role of the Central Bank in terms of staff competency, systems, technology
  • Improve and sustain risk-based supervision of commercial banks
  • Review the current Banking Act
  • Rationalise remittances and develop a framework for using remittances for development purposes
  • Develop the ICT infrastructure
  • Strengthen the payment systems through improving Information, Communications and Technology
  • Develop a manpower development plan based on skill gaps analysis and strengthen capacity of the bank, particularly in areas of research, banking supervision, Management Information System and internal audit
  • Develop policy and regulation to allow commercial banks to lend in foreign currency

Manifesto Reference: Strengthening the Financial Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Strengthening Commercial Banking

The promises:

  • Review policies and laws relating to commercial banking supervision to make them competitive and in line with international best practices
  • Provide support to government-owned commercial banks to make them competitive
  • Strengthen Association of Commercial Banks
  • Develop the Code of Ethics for the banking industry

Manifesto Reference: Strengthening the Financial Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Expanding Micro-Finance Opportunities to Potential Entrepreneurs

The promises:

  • Review policies and laws relating to micro-finance operations in Sierra Leone
  • Strengthen Micro-Finance Institutions in terms of lending to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) and agriculture
  • Design and implement a credit guarantee scheme that will not impose a burden on government or the commercial banks for lending to SMEs and agriculture.

Manifesto Reference: Strengthening the Financial Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Re-establish Development Bank and Strengthen Commercial Banking

The promises:

  • Re-establish National Development Bank with private sector participation
  • Delink community banks from the central bank and link them with the Development Bank

Manifesto Reference: Strengthening the Financial Sector

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Improving Training

The promises:

  • Revise curriculum for banking training in line with international standards
  • Establish a national school of banking and finance
  • Organise a yearly conference on the financial sector

Manifesto Reference: Strengthening the Financial Sector

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Julius Maada Bio

Strengthen Non-Bank Financial Institutions

The promises:

  • Conduct a comprehensive institutional review of NASSIT
  • Review the NASSIT ACT
  • Develop a framework for regulation and supervision of the investment arm of NASSIT
  • Review the Insurance Act 2000
  • Strengthen the Sierra Leone Insurance Commission (SLICOM) and Sierra Leone Insurance Association (SLIA)
  • Improve on insurance supervision and regulations
  • Strengthen the capital market, notably the stock exchange and discount houses
  • Develop policies and procedures for issuing long-term government debt

Manifesto Reference: Strengthening the Financial Sector

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Julius Maada Bio

Increasing Access to Finance

The promises:

  • Introduce a partial guarantee scheme to provide loans to high potential private sector entities in order to reduce the cost of finance for investment
  • Review and strengthen the regulatory framework for Micro-finance Institutions (MFIs)
  • Expand on mobile technology to improve on access to credit and repayment
  • Re-establish National Development Banks to provide equity capital to Sierra Leoneans in businesses with credible foreign companies
  • Establish a fund to provide access to medium and long-term capital to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and encourage lending institutions to lend a significant proportion of bank loan portfolios to SMEs.

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Private Sector

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Julius Maada Bio

Reducing the Cost and Risk of Doing Business

The promises:

  • Review all policies and laws governing business and update them in line with best practice
  • Broaden and deepen regulatory reforms in areas such as labour laws, property registration and licensing procedures
  • Modernise the legal and regulatory framework governing business and commerce
  • Deregulate the investment climate to boost investment and private sector development
  • Implement prudent fiscal and monetary policies to ensure a stable macro-economic environment
  • Establish One-Stop-Shop (OSS) that will reduce business registration from 10 days to 2/3 days.
  • Implement a land policy to ease leasing, ownership and disposal of land
  • Review licensing procedures and reduce number of municipal licenses and ease accessing permits
  • Capacitate the fast track commercial courts to reduce the time and cost of enforcing commercial contracts and provide mechanisms for low-cost alternative dispute resolution.

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Private Sector

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Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Promoting Local Entrepreneurship

The promises:

  • Establish a Presidential Initiative on local entrepreneurship and social enterprise
  • Continue to support business plan competition to give recognition and reward Sierra Leoneans with innovative ideas
  • Mainstream, institutionalise and invest in entrepreneurial skills training at tertiary education levels and business organisations
  • Develop the capacity of business organisations to provide relevant market information and advice to their membership and enhance their capability in business negotiations and dialogue with policy makers
  • Review and implement the Local Content Act to give preference to Sierra Leoneans in the award of contracts and employment
  • Withdraw fiscal incentives from companies that do not comply with employment and local content laws
  • Review policies and laws relating the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)  Support the domestic private sector to create linkages with large domestic as well as foreign firms

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Private Sector

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Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Capacity Building

The promises:

  • Enhance Government's capacity in viable project identification and appraisals, trade negotiations through technical assistance to the Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Create a forum for constantly engaging the private sector especially through Chambers of Commerce
  • Strengthen the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) with a view to facilitating domestic and foreign investment
  • Design and deliver priority programmes, including investment promotion initiatives, ensuring alignment of GOSL policies and statutes with relevant international conventions

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Private Sector

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Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Developing the Infrastructure

The promises:

  • Develop a framework to ensure that prioritisation of roads is based on investment potential of particular areas
  • Improve on electricity supply in Freetown and all district capitals
  • Re-establish a special industrial zone outside Freetown with uninterrupted power supply, water, and communications to attract investment.

Manifesto Reference: Developing the Private Sector

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Public Expenditure Management

The promises: The New Direction specific policy actions that will be pursued to manage public spending in an efficient and effective manner are:

  • Evaluate the on-going reforms and introduce reforms to strengthen public expenditure management.
  • Develop and introduce a standardized overseas travel policy for the public service and covering all categories of workers including Government Ministers.
  • Develop the capacity of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies in expenditure planning, management and reporting
  • Separate the Ministry of Finance from the Ministry of Development and Economic Planning and enhance the latter's capacity for more effective coordination of donor spending; improving programme/project design, implementation support and monitoring and evaluation
  • Strengthen Public Expenditure Tracking (PET), Audit Service Commission and the involvement of Non-State Actors in monitoring public spending
  • Develop a National Development Monitoring and Evaluation System that will generate real time information on outputs and outcome of all development projects implemented by government and donors
  • Reduce spending on purchase and maintenance of government vehicle as well on fuel by introducing a vehicle pool and movement tracking system.
  • Expand and improve efficiency in public spending on social services through deepening the decentralization process, developing the capacities of MDAs in the various districts for service delivery and encouraging public-private partnership in service delivery
  • Re-establish the authority of the Public Service Commission as the primary authority to recruit civil servants
  • Harmonize the wage structure in the public sector to keep the wage bill sustainable.

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Macro-economy

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Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Public Debt Management

The promises:

  • The New Direction will introduce the practice of annual debt ceilings beyond which Government cannot borrow and link the borrowing ceiling to a clearly laid out medium term debt management strategy
  • Limit external financing of social services to grants
  • Access concessional loans with low interest rates and long grace periods
  • Direct loans to productive sector and infrastructural development with high economic returns
  • Reform the institutional and legal framework for accessing external and domestic debt for the central government, local governments, and parastatals.

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Macro-economy

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Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio

Exchange Rate Management

The promises:

The New Direction exchange rate management strategic objective is to maintain low, stable and
competitive exchange rate through increasing exports and reducing imports of consumer goods.
The specific policies are:

  • Improve on the current account balance through (a) review of existing policy framework for rural banking and financing to support cash crop production and marketing; (b) improve supportive marketing infrastructure and facilities; and (c) promote agro-processing to add value to farm products for exports and maintain low import levels, particularly on consumer goods.
  • Sustain competitive interest rate with the aim of attracting foreign capital.
  • Maintain single digit inflation to improve on the purchasing power of the currency

Manifesto Reference: Improving the Macro-economy

Status
Not Started

Elected Official
Julius Maada Bio