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PRESENTATION

The Republic of Sierra Leone is located in Western Africa region; bordering the Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea and Liberia

Total area: 71,740 sq. km (land: 71,620 sq. km water: 120 sq. km)

Bordering countries: Guinea over 652 km, Liberia over 306 km

Coastline: 402 km

Population: 5,232,624 (July 2000) 5,812,681 (July 2012 est.) Population growth rate: 3.67% (2000.); 1.94% (2012 est.)

Capital: Freetown

Independence from United Kingdom : April 27, 1961
National holiday: Republic Day: April 27
Constitution: October 1, 1991; subsequently amended several times President elected on March 29 1996: Mr. Ahmad Tejan KABBAH; ousted by a coup few months latter and reinstated on March 10,1998

Natural resources: diamonds, titanium ore, bauxite, iron ore, gold, chromite

Agriculture productions: rice, coffee, cocoa, palm kernels, palm oil, peanuts; poultry, cattle, sheep, pigs; fish

Industrial productions: mining (diamonds); small-scale manufacturing (beverages, textiles, cigarettes, footwear); petroleum refining.

After a decade of civil war (1991-2001) Sierra Leone settled into peace.

On May 15, 2002, presidential ballot brought to power Ahmad Tejan Kabbah who served one term to be replaced by President Ernest Bai KOROMA - since 17 September 2007 - re-elected to a second term; (Ernest Bai KOROMA 58.7%, Julius Maada BIO 37.4%).

Further, democracy normality is gaining ground as on May 22, 2004, Sierra Leoneans vote - for the first time since 1973 - for local council elections.

Therefore, one can assert Sierra Leone is now on the right path to political stability that would be greatly consolidated only if the economy is boosted to creating jobs to cope with the "huge" existing demand.

Indeed, the quickest the economy is revived, the best for the future of the country as activists and warriors from the 1990-2000's civil war are jobless and represent a potential threat for the peace process.


Click here for the latest news about the political situation. And here for United Nation's actions to consolidating the peace process in Sierra Leone

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MORE ON SIERRA LEONE

1- The Underneath of Things
Violence, History and Everyday In Sierra Leone
by Mariane C. Ferme
2-
Blood Diamonds
Traping The Deadly Paths of The World Most Precious Stones
By Greg Campbell
3-
Democracy By Force?
A Study of International Military Intervention In Sierra leone (1991-2000)
by Abass Bundu
4-
More News On Sierra Leone
by Allafrica

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SOME FIGURES


GNP:
US$ 663 million (2000); US$ 693 million (2001); US$ 2.719 million (2011); US$ 3.824million (2012)
GNP- growth rate: -10% (1999); 4.2% (2000); 5.4% (2010); 6.3% (2011); 21.3% (2012)
GNP-per capita: US$ 114 (1999); US$ 234 (2012)

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GNP-composition by sector

  1. agriculture: 43.2%

  2. industry: 37.4%
  3. services: 19.4%

Exports: US$ 65million (f.o.b., 2010); 1.168 million f.o.b. (2012 est.)
Commodities: diamonds, rutile, cocoa, coffee, fish
Exports - partners: Belgium 41.9%, Germany 28.1%, UK 3.6% (2012)

Imports: US$ 1.675 million (f.o.b., 2012)
Commodities: foodstuffs, machinery and equipment, fuels and lubricants, chemicals
Imports - partners: Germany 25%, UK 10.9%, Netherlands 7.5%, US 5.7%, Cote d'Ivoire 4.9%, Italy 4.3% (2002)


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ENTRY POLICY / HEALTH POLICY


A passport and visa are required, and the visa must be obtained in advance. Travelers should obtain the latest information and details from the nearest Sierra Leone's embassy or consulate or the Tourism office below listed.

USA
Embassy of Sierra Leone
1701 19th Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: +(1) 202 9399261
Fax: +(1) 202 4831793
England
High Commission of Sierra Leone
Oxford Circus House
245 Oxford Street
London W1R 1LF
Tel: +(44) 171 2879884
Fax: +(44) 171 7343822
National Tourist Board
PO Box 1435
Room 106
Cape Sierra Hotel
Aberdeen Hill
Freetown
Tel: +(232) 222 72520
Fax: +(232) 222 72227
Ministry of Tourism and Culture
Government Wharf
Freetown
Tel: +(232) 222 25952
Fax: +(232) 222 72197

AIR-LINKING / TRANSSHIPPING


British Airways, Royal Air-Maroc, Air-France service Lungi Intertnational Airport (FNA). Bellview Airlines services Lagos to FNA.

Lungi International Airport (FNA) is 10 mi/15 km north of Freetown. The main airport is reached by ferry service, which operates only at high tide, and which therefore can take several hours (be sure to give yourself plenty of time to make your flight). .

INVESTOR CONTACTS
Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture
Guma Building
Freetown , Sierra Leone
Tel: +(232) 22 220904 / 22 226305
Fax: +(232) 22 220696
Email address: Click here
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ACCOMMODATION


At Freetown there are several hotels equipped to international standards, but it is advisable to book in advance and get a local collaborator/business partner support for confirmation. You may also visit Lonely Planet Website for more or Yahoo destinations page

It is best to take along cash in US Dollar, as travelers' checks are not of common usage. Even credit cards like Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard are not often accepted although American Express is more popular.

The import and export of foreign currency is unlimited, but it must be declared at the point of entry. Ensure that this declaration is stamped at the entry point and keep all money exchange receipts.

Import and export of local currency is restricted to Le50 000 Click here for currency equivalence.

Diplomat Guest Houses
132 Circular Road
Tel: +(232) 224 170 / 231-325
Brookfields Hotel
Jomo Kenyatta
Freetown
Tel: +(232) 241-860 through 2 and +(232) 241825
Barmoi Hotel

75C Cape Road, Aberdeen
Freetown
Tel: +232-33-878-527
Cell: +232-76-918-771
Fax:+232-22-236-702
Andy's Apartments
31 Wilberforce St.
Freetown
Tel: +(232) 222 217 / 223-362

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