President Koroma in his opening statement appreciated the support that has been given by the Bank in terms of ongoing and completed projects which he believes the country now has a clear roadmap for driving development and that the Agenda for Prosperity in this first year of its implementation will lay the basis that will take the country to a middle income status.
The President said that government has prioritized those sectors that will trigger the country's transformation, especially the energy sector, adding that "we must ensure that we have a proper management of the emerging opportunities." "We have to be more efficient and also ensure that we increase the access to energy not only in the domestic circle but also to those engaged in commercial activities, especially at a time when we are at the initial stage of unbundling the
In terms of power generation, President Koroma stated that government is now preparing for feasibility studies in terms of hydro potentials and thermal plants, and furthered that government is looking at having a national grid that will link up the whole country and also enhance the distribution within the cities and the district headquarter towns.
According to President Koroma, to have a sustained power generation and distribution network, "we must endeavour to have it right in our energy sector that will reflect our national engagements on having value addition on our agricultural and mineral products. "We are going to spend a little more time on the energy sector and I believe that is going to be the bedrock of our transformation," he said.
He further stated that a lot of gains have been made in the country's transformational process, particularly in infrastructure and agriculture.
On the question of youth unemployment and empowerment, the President mentioned the efforts government is making to engage the youth through the construction of a
Briefing the President on his visit, the
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