Ambassador Musa assures Sierra Leonean Community in Greece

Ambassador Samuel Tamba Musa, accredited  to the Benelux countries and the EU, presented his letter of credence to the President  of Hellenic Republic of Greece on the 16th November  and in the evening of the same day engaged the Sierra Leone community in Greece, where he assured his audience that the Embassy is always ready to seek their interests.

Ambassador Musa spoke on issues surrounding international diplomacy, the functions of the embassy, the  on-going  positive  transformations in Sierra Leone  led by  the new direction government under the leadership  of  His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio,  as the diaspora plans  of the embassy.

The Ambassador addressed the concern  about  the time it took  him to come to Greece to meet the Sierra Leone community.  He informed the community that the receiving first has to invite an Ambassador to present  letter credence and they can  do so per country or as a group countries based on their own  policies and procedures. The date and time is not determined by the Ambassador but by the receiving country. The delay was also due to  the pandemic which restricted public events and gathering.

The Ambassador also said  that the diaspora  Is part of the human resources of Sierra Leone residing outside the country. The President is concerned about human capital development, which puts human resource development through free quality education as the flagship programme.

 A  key objective of the Embassy is to promote and protect national interest as part of the foreign policy. We therefore value the diaspora. They have talent and skills that contribute to national development. We here to protect your interest and want to collaborate with you to increase the visibility of Sierra Leone as to embark productive partnerships.

 Ambassador Musa further explained  to the community that the government  inherited bad economy and economy that was austerity  and been  subjected to massive corruption. The government therefore had embark on efficient management of the economy, insitutiing the single treasury account to cut down on leakages, set of  anti-corruption of commission enquiry  that has led to some recoveries of looted funds, whiles some are still being pursued court. This has contributed to increasing MCC score  from 81 to 83%.

The government has made important strides in promoting free quality education, health security. Provision of electricity in district headquarter towns and invested heavily in Agriculture. The  Ambassador shared concrete examples of significant  strides in all the sectors.

On the issue of the diaspora engagement, Ambassador Musa encourage them to work in the area of  trade,  investment and  help identify potential investors to take home.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Sierra Leonean community in Belgium, Koki Nyangi , said he was pleased the Ambassador and staff were able to meet them even though he said they had waited long for such an engagement.

Koki said that the entire community, including himself, will be more than happy to form a structured team to serve as liaison between them and the Embassy. He called on the Ambassador to play his fatherly role and be able to protect them as they sometimes face some challenges.

The Head of Chancery of the Embassy, Albert Coker, informed the community members of the process of securing documentations like birth certificates, passports and attestations.

One major concern that came out during the engagement was that of deportation but their fears were allayed when the Ambassador informed them that it is not within the powers or in the interest of the Embassy to deport any Sierra Leonean living in Greece. He said that such decisions, are made by the host  government based on their own considered parameters and policy stands. Adding “our role is to ensure that the rights of our citizens are always protected, in line with international laws and conventions”.

Ambassador Musa presents letters of Credence to the President of Greece

The Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Belgium accredited to  the Benelux  countries and EU,  H.E Samuel Tamba Musa on Tuesday 16th November presented his letter of credence to Madam Katerina Sakellaropoulou President of the Hellenic Republic at her Palace in Greece.

While receiving the 12 Ambassadors from different countries, President Katerina Sakellaropoulou welcomed them and thanked  them for presenting their credentials, while stating that the covid-19 pandemic prevented the ceremony from taking place in 2020.

At the end of the presentation, Sierra Leone’s Ambassador His Excellency Samuel Tamba Musa stated that when he was appointed as an ambassador, one of the priorities was to present credentials to countries of accreditation. Therefore he said, “I have to present to all my countries of accreditation to enable me represent my country very well.”

Ambassador Musa said he is going to strengthen bilateral ties with Greece and one way he will be doing it is by engaging with people in the sector of the maritime industry and in the private sector.

He has scheduled several meetings in that regard to assess their readiness to be in partnership with Sierra Leone.  He would want to know the fleets they have, how they operate, how they partner with other countries to discuss issues of investment into the shipping industry. Greece is one of the countries in the world that is good in the area of building and repairing of ships and does lot of sea transportation.

Ambassador Musa further stated that there were very few people in the shipping business  and it’s an expensive industry. He will engage the Maritime agency to identify potential areas they would like to foster in terms of partnerships and investments.

Dr. Sengeh tells UNESCO… “We introduced technologies for continuous learning”

At the UNESCO General Conference Policy Debate, in Paris France recently, Dr. David Moinina Sengeh told the Director General of UNESCO, other Ministers of Education across the world and Delegates at the conference that “during Covid, we introduced technologies for continuous learning including radio teaching right across Sierra Leone”.

Speaking on the UNESCO policy on “inclusive and equitable education and promote life long learning opportunities for all”, he said “In Sierra Leone, All means All”.

The Minister disclosed that during the COVID the government raise the budget of education to 22% and to get the kinds in line with their curriculum “ we introduced technologies for continuous learning including radio teaching right across Sierra Leone. We also introduced a set of mobile-based learning solutions on education services for anyone with a mobile phone.”

The impact of these technologies is that  “these SMS and USSD solutions mean over 2 million citizens have interacted with our solutions till date”.

Furthermore the ministry introduced a free SMS and USSD dictionary to every student and mobile user in  right across the country. Before this time, parents use to spend about Le100,000 and up to six weeks to access their exams results, but this, the Minister said has changed with the introduction of a free services as any parent can use their mobile phones anywhere across Sierra Leone to know how their children do in national exams.

On other technologies been used in the education sector? Dr Sengeh maintained that the country believes in benchmarks, evidence-based decision making and data and in that regard, it uses hybrid technologies.

On the radical inclusion Sierra Leone is using in line with the “All means all” objectives, he stated, with the experience from in 2014,  it was anticipated that there will be high teenage pregnancy from school closures in Covid, many countries have recorded high teenage pregnancies as they preempted this, “we launched a policy on radical inclusion, opening classroom doors to children who become pregnant while in school and provide support to parent learners. We also expanded adult education classrooms in every chiefdom across Sierra Leone”

Adding that, the government provides learning materials to children in hard-to-reach areas and remote areas, and those from poor backgrounds.  Also,  “all children can attend school in Sierra Leone tuition free from pre-primary all through secondary education”.

And for female students in the STEM programme, and those with special need, they are guaranteed 17 years of tuition free education through higher end tertiary education.

Covid-19, he went on, may have destabilised the world in horrendous ways but it has also destabilised the status-quo. “We must use this moment to open our eyes and re-focus them on our shared global goal – on an inclusive and equitable quality education for all”.

The Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary School Education thank UNESCO for the inauguration of the High-Level Steering Committee on which Sierra Leone serves and represents Africa, and that the country is committed to UNESCO with it’s effort to advocate for global education.

Minister Sengeh also pledge Sierra Leone’s commitment to the Paris Declaration and the call global call for investing in the futures of education to channel and power the future.

TRAVELLING GUIDELINES FOR SIERRA LEONE (COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE)

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SIERRA LEONE TO BELGIUM AND MISSION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION

TRAVELLING GUIDELINES FOR SIERRA LEONE

(COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE)

Freetown 7th September 2020

Advisory for Travellers to/from Countries with High Transmission, Exponential Increase in Cases, and/or Circulation of SARS COV-2 (COVID-19) Variants of Public Health Concern

The Government of Sierra Leone has been following the COVID-19 situation globally with increasing concern. While case counts have plateaued in some countries, other countries have had high transmission and an exponential increase in cases, which has been attributed to new variants of the SARS COV-2 virus.

In order to prevent the entry into Sierra Leone of these variants, as from Wednesday May 12, 2021, NaCOVERC will institute additional protective measures on travel between Sierra Leone and countries known to have high SARS-COV-2 transmission, a sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, and/or circulation of variants of Public Health concern.

NaCOVERC will take necessary action to identify countries based on operational review on a weekly basis as new evidence emerges.

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FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE ABOVE REGULATIONS FOR ENTRY INTO SIERRA LEONE FROM COUNTRIES OF CONCERN WILL RESULT IN PUNITIVE ACTION.

LIST OF APPROVED HOTELS ARE AS FOLLOWS: Hotel Mariam, Radisson Blu Hotel, Bintumani Hotel, Seaside Hotel, Kings Empire Hotel and Hill Valley Hotel.

Broadcast to the Nation by His Excellency Dr Julius Maada Bio President of the Republic of Sierra Leone on the Third-Wave-of Covid-19

Fellow Sierra Leoneans,

1. Let me start by paying tribute to the memory of fellow citizens we have lost to COVID-19, their relatives and community members. I also thank our healthcare workers, security forces, frontline workers, experts, and our partners who have stood by us as we battle this deadly pandemic. Read more