The World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone Henry Kerali has ended a three-day working visit to Sierra Leone.
Briefing news men in Freetown on Friday, November 20th 2015, Mr. Kerali said that he had held fruitful discussions with President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development,
Dr. Kaifala Marah, development partners in Sierra Leone and various key organizations. He assured that the World Bank will continue to support Sierra Leone in the post Ebola era.
Mr. Kerali said that President Koroma had assured him that he will ensure that the people of Sierra Leone will enjoy a cheap and affordable mobile service by the time he leaves office.
He said that the Government has understood the position of the World Bank and the IMF that the timing for the construction of a second International Airport at Mamamah was not appropriate.
Mr. Kerali said that the priorities of the Government must first be addressed before the building of a new International Airport was considered.
Mr. Kerali said as a bank, they were not opposed to the construction of the new International Airport. “What we are opposed to (and the Government has been duly informed) is the timing for the project…The timing is not appropriate”, Mr. Kerali emphasised.
Mr. Kerali left Freetown on Friday for Ghana after paying a similar visit to Liberia.