His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio departs today for Brussels, Belgium, as part of the Government’s sustained efforts to rally international partners and investment groupings towards investing in Sierra Leone and advancing the Government’s FDI drive.
While in Brussels, the President will attend and deliver the Keynote Address at the 9th Edition of the Rebranding Africa Forum.
He will also hold strategic investment meetings with business leaders, banking and financial services executives, government leaders, and international and regional development finance institutions, among other critical stakeholders.
By Amin Kef (Ranger)
In a significant development for Sierra Leone’s transportation sector, Arise IIP has announced the imminent arrival of seven passenger railcars, imported from Japan. According to a correspondence dated September 22, 2023, from Samuel Komba Kambo, General Manager of Interface at Arise IIP, to Amb. Alhaji Fanday Turay, the Minister of Transport and Aviation, the railcars are expected to dock at Freetown Port on October 26, 2023.
The correspondence, bearing the reference number ARISESL/0923/02 titled “Arrival of Passenger Trains,” underscores the progress made under the Railway and Port Lease Agreement signed between the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL) and Arise IIP on January 17, 2023. This agreement grants Arise IIP the responsibility to operate and maintain the rail and port infrastructure, including the operation of a passenger rail service.
In the letter, General Manager Samuel Komba Kambo stated, “Arise IIP has successfully procured and shipped seven passenger railcars and their associated critical spares from Japan, with an anticipated arrival at Freetown Port on October 26, 2023.” He further explained that Arise IIP is diligently preparing for the reception of these railcars, including the mobilization of necessary equipment to safely unload, transport, and park them along the rail infrastructure.
One notable aspect mentioned in the letter is the current control of the rail infrastructure by Kingho, prompting Arise IIP to seek permission from the government to park the railcars along the rail corridor until the commencement of passenger rail services. The letter also includes detailed information, such as a packing list of the railcars with their respective weights and dimensions, as well as a list of critical spares.
General Manager Samuel Komba Kambo concluded the letter by expressing Arise IIP’s intention to submit duty-free entry forms for the shipment in the coming week, in accordance with the provisions of the agreement. The duty-free waiver is a key element in facilitating the successful implementation of the passenger rail service.
The letter has been copied to several high-ranking officials and ministries, including the Honourable Chief Minister, the Honourable Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources, the Honourable Minister of Finance and Economic Development, the Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Secretary to the President, and the Commissioner General of the National Revenue Authority (NRA).
As Sierra Leone eagerly awaits the arrival of these passenger railcars, this development marks a significant step forward in enhancing the country’s transportation infrastructure and fostering economic growth. The successful implementation of the passenger rail service is poised to benefit both local commuters and the broader national economy. Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting development.
(C) The Calabash Newspaper
Sierra Leone’s biggest reality TV show HOUSE OF STARS has been featured on the Times Square LED display advertising billboards in New York, USA. This groundbreaking opportunity has put Sierra Leone on the spotlight of entertainment globally.
Times Square is a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, entertainment hub, and neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, United States. It is one of the world’s busiest pedestrian areas. It is also the hub of the Broadway Theater District and a major center of the world’s entertainment industry, famous for its amazing LED advertisement billboards.
House of Stars is not only the most anticipated show in Sierra Leone. The world is at a standstill to see this event live on TV. Kings Empire has placed premium on this show and are ready to give Sierra Leoneans and the world what they truly deserve in terms of reality TV show.
Kings Empire and partners will continue to use the House of Stars show to rebrand Sierra Leone at the global stage. This is a big win for Sierra Leone entertainment.
As the show set to go live in October, we urge you all to vote for your favorite contestants to enter the house. We are in the final week of voting for the remaining qualifiers, make you vote count.
Don’t forget, a well furnished three bedroom house, a car, and a cash preize of Le 100 Million are at stake for the winner.
“FAME IS BUSINESS”
©️ HOUSE OF STARS MEDIA
#Breaking: The Court of Appeal has just granted bail to convict, Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray pending his appeal. Details later.
“I depart for Nairobi, Kenya today to join colleagues Heads of State for the inaugural Africa Climate Summit under the theme: “Driving Green Growth and Climate Finance Solutions for Africa and the World” on September 4-6, 2023.
I will address the gathering on Sierra Leone’s strategy to build a climate-resilient future for the country’s diverse ecosystems and the well-being of its citizens. During the Summit, I will pursue innovative green growth and climate finance solutions to address Sierra Leone’s Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation challenges to build a more climate-resilient nation.”
© His Excellency President Dr. Julius Maada Bio
His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio will depart #SierraLeone for #Kenya today to attend the #AfricaClimateSummit23 under the theme: “Driving Green Growth and Climate Finance Solutions for Africa and the World”. On the Invitation of the host, His Excellency President Dr. William Ruto, His Excellency
@PresidentBio will join about 23 other Heads of State and over 30,000 delegates for the critical Summit. The inaugural
@AfClimateSummit championed by President
@WilliamsRuto, will be held in #Nairobi from 4-6 September. #ACS23 aims to address the increasing exposure to #climatechange and its associated costs, both globally and particularly in #Africa. President Julius Maada Bio will address the gathering on Sierra Leone’s strategy to build a climate-resilient future for the country’s diverse ecosystem and the well-being of its citizens. At the Summit, His Excellency
@PresidentBio will pursue innovative #GreenGrowth and #ClimateFinance solutions to address Sierra Leone’s Climate Change #Adaptation and #Mitigation challenges to build a more climate-resilient nation. The #AfricaClimateSummit23 will serve as a platform to inform, frame, and influence commitments, pledges, and outcomes, ultimately leading to the development of the Nairobi Declaration on Climate Change.
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