The Honourable Chief Minister Professor David John Francis’ has on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 addressed the Sierra Leone ‘National Digital Transformation Roadmap Consultative Conference’ organised by the Ministry of Information and Communications in collaboration with other strategic stakeholders across governance at Golden Tulip, Kimbima, which aimed at promoting the upscaling of the use of digital technologies in Sierra Leone.

In his address, the Chief Minister said there was need to strategically outline Government’s vision on the digital roadmap on critical policy actions, legal and regulatory frameworks, institutional reforms, programs and projects that will be adopted to develop a Digital Economy to support the achievement of the National Development goals. “This is why His Excellency the Digital President fully supports the Ministry of Information and Communications, DSTI, SALCAB and Mobile phone operators to invest in and develop a state of the art ICT infrastructure to support the new Digital Economy in Sierra Leone”. He stated.

He said the conference was timely because, digital economy is now an everyday activity especially in the Developed Economies and emerging economies, where the economy is now largely based on and conducts business and market transactions through the internet and world wide web. Stating that, the conference will provide the unique opportunity for Sierra Leone to seize the opportunities and benefits of the digital economy for inclusive economic growth and Development. And to also increase international competitiveness that will create new opportunities for entrepreneurship, job creation, increase productivity and reduce the transaction costs for ordinary Sierra Leoneans.

The Chief Minister assured the organizers of the conference of the Government’s fullest support to ensure that the outcome of the conference impacts the lives of the people of Sierra Leone.President Bio and First Lady Arrive in Monrovia Ahead of 172nd Independence Anniversary

Monrovia, Thursday 25th July 2019 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio and the First Lady, Her Excellency Fatima Bio have arrived in Monrovia ahead of the 172nd Independence Anniversary celebration of the Republic of Liberia scheduled for Friday 26th July 2019.

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has been invited by his colleague and brother, His Excellency George M. Weah, Sr. President of the Republic of Liberia to join the people of Liberia on the celebration of the 172nd Independence Anniversary of their country.

At the Roberts International Airport, His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio, the First Lady and other members of the entourage were received by the Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Gbehzohngar Milton Findley on behalf of His Excellency President George M. Weah, Sr.

Five Heads of State from Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria are expected to grace the 172nd Independence Anniversary celebration in Monrovia. However, as at the time of writing this report, three Heads of State have already arrived in Monrovia – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone, His Excellency President Alpha Conde of Guinea and His Excellency President Alassane Ouattara of the Ivory Coast.

In separate engagements, His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio also held private meetings with his host colleague, His Excellency President George M. Weah, Sr. and the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina. As a President who uses every travel abroad to attract investors to Sierra Leone, His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio also held a private meeting with a Qatari investment group which expressed interest to invest in Sierra Leone.

The streets of Monrovia have already been decorated with the Liberian flags and pictures of the visiting Heads of State ahead of the official commemoration of 172nd Independence Anniversary celebration on Friday, 26th July 2019.

His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio and Her Excellency Fatima Bio have been accompanied to Monrovia by a lean delegation including the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Hon. Dr Priscilla Schwartz, State Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Fatmata Edna Kargbo and Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman, Yusuf Keketoma Sandi.