Sunday, Mar 26, 2017
SIERRA LEONE NEWS

Sierra Leone Achievements

A new beginning. A resilient nation


Ernest Bai Koroma, President of the Republic of Sierra Leone

This year Sierra Leone celebrates the 15th anniversary of the end of the civil war as a unified nation and beacon of democracy and social progress in Africa.... Mar 17, 2017

Government | Africa | Sierra Leone


Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership

Sierra Leone-China intensify relations


Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma (left) and China's President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 1, 2016. (Photo: GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Sierra Leonean President Ernest Bai Koroma’s recent trip to China to discuss intensifying relations and to express his nation’s appreciation... Dec 21, 2016

Government | Africa | Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone

West Africa’s peaceful gem packs potential


The foundation stone of the elegant Law Courts in Freetown’s central business district dates the building at December 15, 1910. (Photo: Babak Fakhamzadeh)

From highlighting its natural beauty and welcoming culture to its rich soils and huge untapped business potential, Sierra Leone is encouraging tourists... Dec 05, 2016

Government | Africa | Sierra Leone


‘Bank on our integrity’

John D. Okrafo-Smart
Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank

John D. Okrafo-Smart, Managing Director of Rokel Commercial Bank, speaks to The Worldfolio... Feb 13, 2017


Our goal: to use 60% locally produced raw materials in our production processes

Mr. Alphonse Willy M. Ngana
Managing Director of Sierra Leone Brewery Limited

Jan 17, 2017


Electricity is Everybody´s Business

Mr. Henry O. Macauley
Minister of Energy

Jan 11, 2017


Where’s best to invest in Sierra Leone?

Momodu L. Kargbo
Minister of Finance & Economic Development

Eager to attract foreign investors and ensure their projects are a success, Sierra Leone... Dec 19, 2016


Insurance gets a boost in Sierra Leone

Ronald K. Hingston
Acting Managing Director of the National Insurance Company Ltd. (NIC)

New laws being introduced in Sierra Leone and awareness-raising efforts by companies are... Dec 14, 2016


Global brand backs ‘a safe & secure destination’

Johan Klang
General Manager of the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, Freetown

An active member of the African hospitality sector, the presence of the Radisson Blu brand... Dec 14, 2016


Ready for business & new challenges

Dr Samura M.W. Kamara
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation

Sierra Leone has drawn on the strength and resolve of its people to overcome major setbacks... Dec 09, 2016


Sierra Leone: the hidden paradise

Sidi Yahya Tunis
Minister of Tourism & Cultural Affairs

Major iron ore producer Sierra Leone’s economic progress has taken a double hit in... Dec 04, 2016



LOCATION:

Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia



MAP REFERENCES:

Africa



AREA:

total: 71,740 sq km

land: 71,620 sq km

water: 120 sq km



AREA - comparative:

slightly smaller than South Carolina



COASTLINE:

402 km



CLIMATE:

tropical; hot, humid; summer rainy season (May to December); winter dry season (December to April)



TERRAIN:

coastal belt of mangrove swamps, wooded hill country, upland plateau, mountains in east



NATURAL RESOURCES:

diamonds, titanium ore, bauxite, iron ore, gold, chromite



POPULATION:

6,018,888 (July 2016 est.)



RELIGIONS:

Muslim 60%, Christian 10%, indigenous beliefs 30%



POPULATION GROWTH RATE:

2.36% (2016 est.)



GOVERNMENT TYPE:

presidential republic



CAPITAL:

name: Freetown



INDEPENDENCE:

27 April 1961 (from the UK)



CONSTITUTION:

several previous; latest in effect 1 October 1991; amended several times, last in 2013 (2016)



LEGAL SYSTEM:

mixed legal system of English common law and customary law



GDP - real growth rate:

-21.5% (2015 est.)

4.6% (2014 est.)

20.7% (2013 est.)



GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 71.6%

industry: 7.3%

services: 21.1% (2015 est.)



AGRICULTURE - products:

rice, coffee, cocoa, palm kernels, palm oil, peanuts, cashews; poultry, cattle, sheep, pigs; fish



INDUSTRIES:

diamond mining; iron ore, rutile and bauxite mining; small-scale manufacturing (beverages, textiles, footwear)



EXPORTS:

$569.4 million (2015 est.)

$1.282 billion (2014 est.)



EXPORTS - commodities:

Iron ore, diamonds, rutile, cocoa, coffee, fish



Exports - partners:

China 31.3%, Belgium 27.8%, Romania 11.3%, US 7.3%, India 4% (2015)



IMPORTS:

$1.575 billion (2015 est.)

$1.635 billion (2014 est.)



IMPORTS - commodities:

foodstuffs, machinery and equipment, fuels and lubricants, chemicals



IMPORTS - partners:

China 23%, India 7.9%, US 6.4%, Netherlands 5.1% (2015)



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