Daily Archives: October 1, 2019

The Government of Sierra Leone and Sherbro Alliance Partners forge alliance to deliver economic prosperity to Sherbro Island

NEW YORK, Oct. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and Sherbro Alliance Partners are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on a strategic partnership for the development of a new charter city, Sherbro Island City, located on Sherbro Island on the southern coast of Sierra Leone.

Sherbro Island City will serve as an engine of economic growth for Sierra Leone and the surrounding West Africa region.  Operated under an investment and legal regime designed to attract and protect long-term investment, Sherbro Island City will develop a diversified services and manufacturing economy that creates job opportunities for Sierra Leoneans and attracts new capabilities to the region.  The project will integrate efficient infrastructure with transparent and effective governance, supported by the intelligent application of smart technology.

Leveraging the island’s natural beauty, Sherbro Island City’s economy is expected to be initially driven by tourism, with projects developed and constructed with respect for the island’s biodiversity.  Early pilot projects for agricultural products and services and aquaculture farms are also under consideration.

The Sherbro Island City project is structured as a public private partnership between the GoSL and Sherbro Alliance Partners, a company resulting from the vision of Idris Elba and Siaka Stevens. Mr. Elba and Mr. Stevens are supported in this effort by a deeply experienced international team.

The GoSL has entered into this partnership not only to accelerate economic development of the country but also to give confidence to foreign investors that Sierra Leone is a premier investment destination. Commenting on the project, His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio, who witnessed the signing ceremony, said: “We believe that Sherbro Island City will be an economic engine for our country and neighbors. It will also demonstrate our ability to partner in a large-scale project with transparency and integrity and support us in rebranding our country.”

Mr. Elba is well known by many as a global actor, producer, musician, and humanitarian and has long harbored the intent to support the creation of a vehicle with the potential to have a transformative impact in his father’s homeland of Sierra Leone.  “My commitment to Sherbro Island City is driven by a desire to make a difference, but to do so in a fashion which produces tangible benefits for West Africans that may be sustained over the long-term,” Mr. Elba said. Mr. Stevens is the co-founder of the Sherbro Island City project and from a long established Sierra Leone family.

During the signing ceremony, GoSL was represented by Honourable Nabeel Farida Tunis, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Sherbro Alliance Partners was represented by Idris Elba and Siaka Stevens.

WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 39: 23 – 29 September 2019 Data as reported by: 17:00; 29 September 2019

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 71 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

Humanitarian Crisis in Cameroon

Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Measles outbreak in Nigeria.

For each of these events, a brief description, followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided. A table is provided at the end of the bulletin with information on all new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as recent events that have largely been controlled and thus closed.

Major issues and challenges include:

The humanitarian crises in Cameroon, part of the Lake Chad Basin crisis, continues in three regions of the country leading to population displacement, both internally and of refugees, poor food security and limited health and social care. This has led to a proliferation of disease outbreaks, including cholera, measles and monkeypox, causing excess morbidity and mortality. All local and national authorities and partners need to continue their efforts to assist those in urgent need.

The measles outbreak ongoing in Nigeria since the beginning of the year is in decline. However, many states in the country remain above the epidemic threshold. The national immunization coverage for measles in Nigeria has remained low for more than a decade. Intensification of activities to improve routine and supplementary immunization is key to addressing the current outbreak and preventing future occurrences.

Source: World Health Organization

IGAE vows to crackdown on corruption in Angola

Lisbon – The General Inspector of the State Administration SebastiAPound o Gunza has pledged to fight against corruption in Angola, stressing that the combat will keep going regardless of whom.

Source: Angola Press News Agenc

ENI trains Angolan technicians in oil refining

The award ceremony was attended by Minister of Mineral Resources and Oil, Diamantino de Azevedo.

The one-year course focused on the areas of refinery management and integrity, health, environment and safety. (SAS), downstream processes, inspection and maintenance.

The training programme is part of the cooperation agreement signed in 2018 between Angolan oil companies Sonangol and Italian ENI.

Its main goal is to re-launch the refining sector in the country, following the completion of the overall maintenance of the Luanda Refinery by Sonangol and ENI, under the strategic partnership between the two refining companies.

The step enabled the Luanda-based Refinery to increase its reliability and allowed the construction of a new plataforming unit to quadruple its gasoline production capacity, contributing to the reduction of fuel imports.

Source: Angola Press News Agency