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SLCDT holds Technical Workshop in Freetown

SLCDT holds Technical Workshop in Freetown

Freetown – As a prelude to the Conference on Development and Transformation to be held in January 2012, the Sierra Leone Conference on Development & Transformation (SLCDT) Secretariat in collaboration with the International Growth Centre (IGC) will host a 3 day Technical Workshop at the Bintumani Conference Centre at Aberdeen, starting from Monday 5th to Wednesday 7th December, 2011. 

The Workshop will include several sessions on the key themes and sub themes for more in-depth analysis of the issues, and the production of actionable recommendations. In particular, issues that emerged from the review of previous documents such as Vision 2025, Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) and the Agenda for Change will be examined. The academic papers on the opportunities and challenges to be encountered by a rapidly transforming Sierra Leone, the wide ranging Focus Group Discussions ( FDGs), text Messages and phone – in calls received during nation wide community radio conference programmes as well as information gathered through the Secretariat’s website and Facebook pages will also form part of the analysis of the Technical Workshops. 

The workshop strategy is to analyze data, ideas and suggestions  collected so far, in order to formulate options for policy and programme recommendations to be discussed in the January 12 to 14 National Conference to be held at the Miatta Conference Centre in Freetown. 

Governance (Political and Economic), Managing Natural Resources, Social Service Delivery, Private Sector and Infrastructural Development and the Role of the Diaspora ,all of which will incorporate a gender perspective, are the key themes to be addressed at the Technical Workshop. 

Both the Technical Workshop and the January Conference will bring together Sierra Leonean specialists both within the country and in the Diaspora, complemented by internationally reputed development practitioners, and in consultation with a cross section of the population to rethink the development process and provide options for the country’s immediate, medium term and long term development needs. 

The conference’s website www.sierraleonetransformation.org, has been providing information, and opportunity for all to post ideas and suggestions on the transformation process.

All Sierra Leoneans and friends of Sierra Leone are urged to take part in this initiative that will provide the long term framework for the country’s transformation. 

Signed Ismael Koroma, Communication and Media Specialist, Conference Secretariat 

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