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I.B. Kargbo grabs $5m from World Bank

I.B. Kargbo grabs $5m from World Bank

The  Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo last Saturday, 5th June received the approval letter for US $ 5million (Five million US dollars) from the World Bank to facilitate the preparation of a proposed project which would constitute the first phase of a programme (West Africa Regional Connectivity Programme) designed to support populations, businesses and governments across the West Africa region to have access to quality and affordable Information and Communication technology services on an open, transparent and non-discriminatory terms.

The Letter of Approval for the US$ 5million, with the remaining amount to be approved by the Bank’s board was handed over to Minister Kargbo by the World Bank’s lead ICT Policy Specialist, Doyle Roy Gallegos at the Pullman Hotel in Paris.

In his brief remarks, Hon. I.B. Kargbo thanked the World Bank on behalf of the President, government and people of Sierra Leone for the support and promised that project will surely be delivered to the satisfaction of all.

Present at the handing-over was the Deputy Minister of Finance, Hon. Momodu Kargbo, Sierratel’s Managing Director Alpha Sesay and Deputy Secretary, Gilbert Cooper.

The whole programme is been coordinated by the Ministry of Information and Communication with the Minister as Leader and ably assisted by his Deputy Minister, Haja Saidata Sesay and the Communication Directorate headed by Mohamed Alie Bah.

It would be recalled that during the last AU Summit in Addis Ababa, President Ernest Bai Koroma made the request to the World Bank through its Vice President which has now received a favourable response.

Chernor Ojuku Sesay, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone Embassy, Brussels/EU

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