President Bio: You had said - Sierra Leone is for Sierra Leoneans
A Commentary by Prince C. Kamara
Laws they say are made for man. Not the other way around. And so therefore, when the former government and the former House of Parliament decided to pass into law the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Finance Acts that specifically insisted on enforcing Local Content Policy, it was because this policy was established in order to boost the economy by leveraging the power of the local industries and Sierra Leone citizens through their total participation in the economy.
Today Wednesday 9th May is Europe Day. This year’s theme is ‘Exploring Cultural Heritage’. Simon Ingram-Hill, Director of the British Council in Sierra Leone reflects on what the theme of 2018’s Europe Week means for Sierra Leone.
2018 is the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage’ and there are a series of events celebrating this theme taking place throughout Freetown.
These events provide an opportunity to reflect on what is meant by ‘cultural heritage’ and especially what this means to those of us living in Sierra Leone, whether we are Sierra Leoneans, dual nationals, British, American, Irish, Lebanese, Mende or Fullah, Muslim or Christian, young or old, lawyers or from disadvantaged groups. Whoever we are and however we identify, we all have some sense of our cultural heritage whether we have spent time trying to articulate it, or whether we just have a gut feeling about what it is.
Cordaid Sierra Leone, through its Private Sector Development Program, continues to strengthen and support the private sector in Sierra Leone, under its Resilient Business Development Services (RBDS) program for small and medium businesses (SMEs).
Currently, the program is in its third cohort, partnering with Regrow, through the support of USAID to support 33 SMEs from different sectors such as agribusiness and hospitality services. This kind of Business Development Service, which CORDAID designed in collaboration with local entrepreneurs, covers financial management and operations as well as professionalism, delegation of responsibilities, social responsibility and adapted risk management.