State House, Freetown, Friday 19 October 2018 – The Institute for Governance Reform (IGR) has paid a courtesy call to State House and updated His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio on its recent activities around promoting democracy and good governance in Sierra Leone.
Executive Director for the right-based research think tank, Andrew Lavalie, thanked the President for meeting them and commended him for his actions to move the country forward since his assumption of office in April this year. He added that the country’s transformation process was great so far, especially with the initiative to provide free quality education for all and the monthly cleaning exercise, which he noted would prevent the country from flooding and cholera outbreak.
He disclosed that they were part of a consortium that was holding extensive discussions with the Ministry of Finance on possible ways through which the country could address issues highlighted in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).
The Executive Director also discussed the institute’s recent report titled: “Beyond Business As Usual: Looking Inward to Change our Story”, which focused on strengthening local governance, building inclusive societies and the role of civil society in state accountability.
In his brief reply, President Bio welcomed the visiting team and commended them for their contribution to national development. He said his administration was looking at different policies to ensure proper decisions were taken in the interest of the country. While reaffirming his government’s commitment to transparency and accountability, President Bio added that he was pleased with the idea of donor accountability to enable service delivery at all levels of the public sector. He assured of his commitment to working with IGR and the broader civil society on areas of public policy.
IGR is a multi-disciplinary policy-oriented research team that focuses on improving economic governance, strengthening political governance and promoting sustainable development.
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