Sierra Leone: 'Sierra Leone Population Is Now Over Seven Million' By Regina Pratt Statistics Sierra Leone yesterday released the provisional census result for the 2015 Population and Housing Census, which revealed that the population of Sierra Leone has increased from 4 million in 2004 to 7,075,641, with 49.1% men and 50.9% women.
The result, which was launched at Miatta Conference Hall by President Ernest Bai Koroma, was compiled with technical support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and other UN agencies. Giving a background to the process, Statistician General Mohamed King Koroma said the overall goal of the 2015 Population and Housing Census was to contribute to the improvement of quality life of the people of Sierra Leone through the provision of relevant, reliable and timely data and information for development planning. Officer-in-charge of UNFPA, Dr. Sierra Leone Seeks Billions in Power Investments - Breakbulk. The government of Sierra Leone is seeking up to US$3.5 billion in private investment to generate about 1 gigawatt of power by 2017.
Deputy Energy Minister Martin Bash Kamara said in a public address his country needs a major overhaul in order to boost its power generation capacity and thereby make Sierra Leone a more attractive investment and fuel its manufacturing sector. Currently, the nation has one of the lowest generating capacities in Africa with 100 megawatts for its 5.6 million people, according to a Reuters report. With state finances under strain, the government wants investors to cover the capital investment and then recoup their money by selling power to the national grid. Several projects are under discussion, two of which are with Chinese firms. The government signed a memorandum with China’s Hydrochina to build two hydroelectric power plants totaling 260 megawatts of generating power at a cost of more than US$800 million. Sierra Leone’s wealthy re-emerge in a country hit hard by Ebola. ©Bjorn Kietzmann/Demotix/Corbis Life has returned to normal in the markets of Freetown after Sierra Leone was officially declared Ebola free The day Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free, late last year, the seaside capital Freetown partied until dawn.
The owners of Quincy’s, the latest name for Freetown’s iconic outdoor bar and nightclub Paddy’s, joke that they made their losses back after the 20-month epidemic that very evening. “That night everyone went there to celebrate,” says Abdul Koroma, one of the shareholders in Quincy’s. Freetown is, after all, a city that likes to party. “You don’t have exclusive places in Sierra Leone; there’s no door policy as such and it’s not a complicated formula — there is a little VIP room but Paddy’s is a mixed bag,” Koroma says of the nightclub, which represents the ultimate in good-time free-for-alls. It is a scene unthinkable just a few months ago. The small west African nation has always been divided, not just between the rich and the poor. Ebola wiping out Sierra Leone’s post-war gains: Study. Ebola-hit Sierra Leone faces social and economic disaster as gains made since the country’s ruinous civil war are wiped out by the epidemic, according to a major study released today.
Damage to most sectors of the economy will see growth shrink from 20.1 percent last year to just five percent in 2014, the finance ministry and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) found. “While priority number one must be to stop the spread of Ebola, protecting Sierra Leone from the wider damage caused by this disease is crucial,” said David McLachlan-Karr, the UN chief in Sierra Leone. “This report is a sobering warning that shows us that Sierra Leone faces a dramatic GDP loss, significant inflation, and a severe drop in trade and production nationwide across many sectors.”
The report, “The Economic and Social Impact of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone”, brings together research by the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. Sierra Leone Group Continues Bitcoin Drive to Fight Ebola. A group of entrepreneurs promoting bitcoin in western Africa has reminded the world of the dire situation it faces as its daily fight to stop the spread of Ebola continues.
The Sierra Leone Liberty Group (SLLG), initially formed to promote free enterprise and libertarian ideals as the path to prosperity in the country, has continued to promote its message despite the frequent need to jump in and assist members’ fellow countrymen more directly. According to leader Mustapha Cole, the group has worked with Ministry of Health vehicles alongside local nurses and has used funds from bitcoin donations to deliver dwindling medical supplies such as disinfectant, goggles and rubber gloves and also to help educate local populations on how to avoid Ebola infection.
Cole said: “In Sierra Leone we are suffering from the Ebola outbreak. Every day there is death in my community as people die and food is scarce as the people are quarantined in their homes. Ept_sierraleone.pdf. Sierra Leone - Africa's New Investment Destination.