Bio Romances With Development Partners By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura The President Rtd Brig. Julius Maada Bio has held his first meeting with development partners gearing towards building mutual transparency and accountability to know how the impact of their interventions can be maximized. Delivering his keynote address, President Bio stated that his government medium term development is now at hand. He applauded the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Madam Nebeela Tunis for developing a shared vision on strategic goals among development partners. He said the medium term national development plan focuses on human capital as number one priority and said the development plan will help coordinate all available resources that were leading to waste resources in the sector. President Bio further maintained that the medium term national development plan will cascade into new economic opportunities whilst expressing hope for the support of development partners. He urged development partners to align their assistance to the top development priorities in order to improve the lives of the citizens, adding that his government is keen on strengthening relationship with development partners. “We must continue with regular and structured implementation of best practices,” he insisted, adding that his government is committed to development priorities and that it relationship is flexible. The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Sunni Saigal described the forum as a fruitful and true dialogue session between the executive and development partners, adding that they support the implementation and monitoring of their plans. He commended the government for putting human capital investment as centre of its plan and also applauded it for taking stringent measures in the fight against rape and sexual harassment and that of Female Genital Mutilation. The World Bank Country Manager, Gayle Martin said the ‘New Direction’ government inherited a strangled economy which, he said, President Bio has put measures in place to restore it. The newly established Single Treasury Account (STA), she said, has helped to maintain additional revenue from Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs). She said that the return of the International Monitoring Fund (IMF) with its extended credit facility, has allowed other donor countries to come to the country’s aid. She said limited access to education leads to poverty and welcomed government’s prioritization of human capital investment, stating further that the support of developed communities will bring sustainable change in the lives of Sierra Leoneans.

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By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The President Rtd Brig. Julius Maada Bio has held his first meeting with development partners gearing towards building mutual transparency and accountability to know how the impact of their interventions can be maximized.

Delivering his keynote address, President Bio stated that his government medium term development is now at hand. He applauded the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Madam Nebeela Tunis for developing a shared vision on strategic goals among development partners.

He said the medium term national development plan focuses on human capital as number one priority and said the development plan will help coordinate all available resources that were leading to waste resources in the sector.

President Bio further maintained that the medium term national development plan will cascade into new economic opportunities whilst expressing hope for the support of development partners.

He urged development partners to align their assistance to the top development priorities in order to improve the lives of the citizens, adding that his government is keen on strengthening relationship with development partners. “We must continue with regular and structured implementation of best practices,” he insisted, adding that his government is committed to development priorities and that it relationship is flexible.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Sunni Saigal described the forum as a fruitful and true dialogue session between the executive and development partners, adding that they support the implementation and monitoring of their plans.

He commended the government for putting human capital investment as centre of its plan and also applauded it for taking stringent measures in the fight against rape and sexual harassment and that of Female Genital Mutilation.

The World Bank Country Manager, Gayle Martin said the ‘New Direction’ government inherited a strangled economy which, he said, President Bio has put measures in place to restore it.

The newly established Single Treasury Account (STA), she said, has helped to maintain additional revenue from Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

She said that the return of the International Monitoring Fund (IMF) with its extended credit facility, has allowed other donor countries to come to the country’s aid.

She said limited access to education leads to poverty and welcomed government’s prioritization of human capital investment, stating further that the support of developed communities will bring sustainable change in the lives of Sierra Leoneans.