May 10, 2019
By Mohamed Massaquoi
The European Union Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Ambassador Tom Vens, has commended President Julius Maada Bio and team for putting human capital development at the heart of his government priorities, coupled with the strengthening of public finance and micro-economic management, fighting corruption and the promotion of transparent and accountable governance system in the country.
“When I stood here, exactly a year ago, as the elections had been concluded, Freetown was abuzz and the excitement and hope was very palpable. As EU, we invested in a credible election process. I want to congratulate President Bio’s team for putting human capital development at the heart of the government priorities, for making progress to strengthen Sierra Leone s public finance and micro-economic management, for stepping up the fight against corruption, for the promotion of transparency and creating the opportunities to promote innovation and technology as a means to provide better service and better governance. I see these as important anchors to deliver on a reform agenda that should bring prosperity to all Sierra Leonean’s and that will provide the foundation for strong partnership,” he said
Ambassador Vens made the above commendation on Thursday during the Europe Day celebration at Sierra Light House Hotel in Freetown.
He said the Europe Day celebrations coincided with the summit of heads of State and heads of government of the European Union, which took place in Sibiu in the context of the Romanian presidency and on the eve of the European elections taking place few weeks to come.
The ambassador further that the EU has fully embraced the reform agenda of President Bio and that they were committed to fully support the government and people of Sierra Leone in their development strives.
He added that they were partnering with government to provide Free Quality School Education for all as budget support operation has been instrumental to operationalize the Teacher Service Commission.
He said preparations were underway for the rehabilitation of 100 junior secondary schools and expressed that for the EU, connecting people and places is paramount to growth .
He announced that in the next few weeks, people will be able to cross the Waanji, Sewa and Moa rivers on the road between Bandajuma to the Liberian boarder.
He that EU will remain as development partners and that real transformation will ultimately depend on the space that is created for credible investment and creation of decent jobs.