Bio Addresses UN Today


His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio will be viewed by the entire world today, when he addresses the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in the United States of America (USA). The President, among other issues, will brief the world body on his government’s development agenda since he acceded to power on 4th April, 2018.

President Bio’s address is expected to feature his government’s fight against corruption and financial indiscipline; improved internal revenue mobilization; government’s free quality education flagship program; strengthening of the country’s health infrastructure; and, most importantly, government’s need for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international financial donor support to stabilize the Leone and to engender renewed economic productivity in achievement of the ‘New Direction’ manifesto.

As Chairman of the African Union (AU) Committee of 10 Heads of State on reform of the UN Security Council, President Bio will also recommend what the continent believes should be the way forward for African representation on the Council for the first time since its establishment seventy-three years ago. The President will during his engagements in the USA also sign a Memorandum of Understanding with UNDP, UNDCF and KIVA on strengthening the country’s biometric identification system.

Meanwhile, earlier Monday, President Bio was a guest of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau at a roundtable discussion with a small group of Heads of State and Government on the theme of ‘Girls’ Education in Conflict’. President Bio was also a guest at a reception of the 73rd UN General Assembly hosted by President Donald Trump of the USA.

During his almost two weeks stay in the USA, the President will hold town hall meetings with his compatriots in New York and Washington to report to them about the current state of affairs in Sierra Leone under his leadership.