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Mon,24Jul2017

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Sierra Leone is in the process of reviewing contracts - Mansaray

Alhaji Minkailu Mansaray Minister of mines and mineral resources, Sierra Leone. Photo©Gemma WareAlhaji Minkailu Mansaray, Sierra Leone's Minister of mines and mineral resources, explains how the Freetown government is establishing new mechanisms for transparency using a five-year renegotiation window.

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Sierra Leone: Ecotourism strategy may pay off

Paradise in peril: fewer silver beaches remain after sand mining was allowed to run riot. Photo©Gemma WareBackpackers – not just from Europe but from West Africa, too – could provide the boost Sierra Leone's tourism needs, if enough natural beauty remains.

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Sierra Leone: Weaning banks off government finance

Sierra Leone's small businesses may be the winners. Photo©Daniel Wallis1/ReutersA halt on state borrowing should force banks to start offering cheaper loans to the struggling private sector.

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A stutter start for iron miners in Sierra Leone

Estimates vary, but African Minerals says it will contribute 12.5% of GDP in 2013/Photo©African MineralsAfrican Mineral Ltd. gravely missed its predictions for output in 2012, but the country's large miners are gearing up for expansion as smaller ones are told to use or lose their licences.

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Sierra Leone's private sector rushes to fill the void as dam disappoints

Bumbuna Dam, 35 years in the making, has been riddled with problems since opening in 2009/Photo©Katrina Manson/reutersPoor management and weak infrastructure mean that the government and companies are relying on independent projects to meet electricity demand.

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Sierra Leone: Slow transformation in Freetown

A decade after the civil war ended, Freetown is rebuilding/Photo©Getty ImagesSix months after his election for a second term, President Ernest Bai Koroma is telling the population to be patient as new iron-ore mines and a drive for oil exploration improve the economy more slowly than predicted.

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Sierra Leone squeezing to get more juice

Mangoes at the Africa Felix Juice factory/Photo©Gemma WareThe country is making its first steps into processing its abundant produce, but young farmers still need more training to move up the value chain.

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