July 20, 2017 By Regina Pratt
The Sierra Leone Local Content Agency on Friday 7th July 2017, in assisting operators and contractors to comply with the new reporting requirements, has ended a three-day orientation and training workshop on the Sierra Leone Local Content Scorecard Reporting at the Family Kingdom Resort, Aberdeen in Freetown.
The Head of the Sierra Leone Local Content Agency, Mr. Emmanuel Konjoh, said 10 companies have fully complied with the reporting of their activities relating to the Act and warned defaulters that their names would be published in the media and their businesses closed.
He said the training would continue until all the companies become fully compliant with the Act, and for companies to populate the online Sierra Leone Reporting Platform with the 2016 data.
Day one of the training workshop was to capacitate participants for the online reporting, day two involved the training of representatives of the University of Sierra Leone and National Revenue Authority to look at the economic aspects of the online reporting, while day three was involved training for new companies that are yet to report.
Mr. Michael Warner and Allysa Menz, who are Local Content expert from the United Kingdom and the United States, facilitated the training.
The facilitators shared with the operators the key provisions in the Act that is related to Local Content Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation as well introduced the new online reporting platform which is now mandatory for companies to use for their Local Content Performance reporting.
The Local Content Agency provided technical support and training facilities to allow operators comply with the new reporting requirements for participants that included representatives of the Human Resource, Finance and Procurement Departments of companies.
The Sierra Leone Local Content Agency was established for the development of local content in a range of sectors of the economy, including procurement of goods and services, public works, construction and energy sectors to promote the ownership and control of productive sectors in the economy by Sierra Leoneans and to provide for other related matters.
Participants were drawn from the mining, banking, manufacturing and agricultural sectors.
The training workshop was climaxed with a practical exercise for the participants in whom the Agency encouraged them to come with their laptops and samples of their procurement and human resource data.