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Express News Brief 12-09-09

Express News Brief 12-09-09

President Koroma Launches War Victim Trust Fund

The War Victim Trust Fund, an initiative of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission aimed at alleviating numerous problems faced by victims of the decade long civil war in Sierra Leone, was launched by President Koroma on Saturday at the Miatta Conference hall in Freetown. The Trust Fund provides benefits and services to the following war victims: amputees, severely war wounded victims of sexual violence, war widows and war orphans.

Lungi Airport to be Relocated

A report from the office of the president reveals that plans are underway in the not too distant future to relocate the Lungi international Airport to a suitable site within Freetown. According to Mr. Oluyini Robin-Coker, public sector adviser in the office of the president, the relocation of the airport is to relieve the painful stress of transporting travelers, investors, and other business associates via ferry or helicopter between the airport and the city of Freetown.

Government To Increase Tax in 2010

Minister of Finance and Economic Development Dr. Samura Kamara said in his budgetary speech that his government will continue to broaden the country’s tax base by strengthening tax administration and collection. Some of the tax increases he said will be on cement which he recalled that import duty on it was temporarily reduced from 20% to 10% in 2006.

World Bank Boost Mining Sector $4 Million

A grant of $4 Million has been approved by the World Bank to assist Sierra Leone’s mining technical project. The project was launched to assist in the reformation of the country’s mineral sector by strengthening the government’s capacity to manage and regulate the national mining sector.

Zain Blackberry Creates Facilities for Students

The new Blackberry solution introduced by Zain Sierra Leone is reportedly bringing joyful facilities to student users of Zain Blackberry phones. The Blackberry phone facilities can enable students to do research, shopping, and interacting with other students in other countries.

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