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WORLD BANK DISHES OUT $17M TO KOROMA GOVT.

The World Bank has come to the aid of President Ernest Bai Koroma’s Government with the sum of seventeen Million United States Dollars ($17M) to effect “pay and Performance Project”. The World Bank at the ceremony was represented by the Country’s Program coordinator for Sierra Leone, Ghana and Liberia, Sergiy Kulyk and the government of Sierra Leone was represented by the Ambassador accredited to the United States of America, Canada & other south American countries H.E. Bockarie Kortu Stevens.

It was on June 26, 2012 that he signed a seventeen Million United States Dollars ($17M)financing agreement at his 18th H. Street NW Washington D.C.20433,United States of America Office. According to Sergiy Kulyk, the money is meant to execute a program of activities that will further the implementation of Sierra Leone’s Medium-Term Public Sector Reform (“MTPSR”) and programs and activities that focused on Pay Reform, Recruitment and Staffing and Performance Management. Pay Civil Servants according to the Pay Structure; develop and approve Recruitment Procedures; prioritize and fill vacancies in Grade 6, in accordance with the Annual Recruitment Plans coupled with integrating LTAs in accordance with an approved Mainstreaming Policy and Action Plan.

\In addition, the money will also be used to support designing and implementing an appropriate Performance Appraisal Process; designing and implementing a Performance Contract- Management Process for managers in the Civil Service; publishing the Performance Targets of all Ministries; and evaluate the overall performance of said Ministries together with relevant non-state actors. The World Bank Country program coordinator for Sierra Leone and Africa Regions also said that the Government of Sierra Leone will have conditional access to the money: to meet fifteen bench marks in a- -three- year period.

According to him, five Million United States Dollars will be released to the Sierra Leone Government on an annual basis, based on meeting five bench marks, prescribed by the World Bank. “If the recipient fails to meet the stated five bench marks, after receiving a tranche of Five Million United States Dollars, the government will cease having access to the remaining balance, until the bench-mark is met.

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Sergiy Kulyk thanked the government of Sierra Leone team for laying a “solid foundation” and the World Bank team members who used their expertise and worked with dedication to put the project together within a short period, and congratulated the Country for its success in obtaining the funds. Responding, Ambassador Bockari Kortu Stevens thanked the World Bank for the confidence it has in the Government of President Ernest Bai Koroma and its continuous support to the West African Country.

“Any time I come to the World Bank to sign a document of this nature,it gives me the greatest satisfaction that our government is doing the right thing; because, if we have been doing the wrong thing, we would have found it very difficult to get approval and sponsorship from the world bank for a project like this.” Remarked Ambassador Stevens. He assured the World Bank team that the project will help the Government of Sierra Leone to recruit and retain the best brains and strengthens its civil service to enable it become “more efficient and competitive”. Early this year, a high powered delegation consisting Mr. Ernest Surrur- Head of Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), Dr. Julius Sandy – Director, Public Sector Reform Unit(PSRU), Mr. Kebbe Koroma – Accountant General, Mr. Val Collier – Commissioner Public Service Commission(PSC), Mr. Kekura Bangura – Principal Legal Officer and Mr. Paul M. Kamara Financial attaché represented the Government of Sierra Leone at the World Bank Spring meeting in Washington D.C. to advance the deliberation of the Pay and Performance Project. Since his appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America,Tuesday’s signing ceremony marked the fifth (5th).

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