Bio Off To UN General Assembly


President Rtd Brig. Julius Maada Bio at the weekend departed Freetown to attend this year’s United Nation’s Annual General Assembly meeting in New York, USA.

The meeting which lasts for a week starts on the 27th September, 2018. President Bio will be privileged to be one of the heads of state that will address the Assembly.

It is expected that President Bio would brief the Assembly on the achievements of his ‘New Direction’ government since he was elected President on the 4th of April, 2018.

Among these achievements would include the government and the Anti-Corruption Commission’s (ACC’s) robust, determined fight against corruption – one of the essential preconditions for gaining both the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s confidence to borrow for development purposes and budget support; as well as attracting assistance from international donor partners.

President Bio would also acquaint the World Body with his government’s flagship free quality education programme that stands to benefit close to 2 million young Sierra Leoneans in pre-primary, primary and secondary level education.

Access to education is one of the pillars of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that developing countries target to achieve by 2030 as a way of universally improving livelihoods and economies. Already, the World Bank has committed US$10 million to rolling out of the programme which phased out over five years.

President Bio would also inform the Assembly of gains made by his government in plugging financial loopholes that constituted a heavy strain on the national budget as well as successes made in reducing expenditures and improvements made by the National Revenue Authority (NRA) in increasing revenue collected from within which the World Bank insists is one way of reducing budget deficits and extreme donor dependence.

Whilst in the USA, President Bio would also meet with Sierra Leonean communities in Washington DC and some other States with a high presence of his countrymen and women to brief them about developments back home since he assumed to office.