Sierra Leone’s Minister of Finance, Sheku AF Bangura led a high-power delegation of President Bio to discuss with the two the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to strengthen economic collaboration and commitment for economic management programs.

The Finance Minister and team, including the Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone, Financial Secretary, Chief Economist of the Ministry of Finance, PFM Advisor, Steve Swaray who is former Governor of BSL, Consultant Governor of 3 other African countries and senior economist of IMF constituted the delegation.

The IMF MD, Ms Kristaina Georgieva congratulated the new Minister and said, she admires the courage of Minister Bangura to take the position of a Minister of Finance at a time economies across the world are struggling to stay afloat with the impact of Covid-19 pandemic and effect of the Russian-Ukraine Crisis.

The MD furthered that, IMF will continue to support Sierra Leone whose President has demonstrated his commitment to reforms and has become a world leader for education.

In her precise word, she said;

The Sierra Leone is lucky to have a good President who means well for his people.”

Minister Bangura also met with the World Bank Vice President for West and Central Africa, Executive Directors of both IMF and World Bank, Country team members.

The discussions and plans were strategic to the economic development of Sierra Leone at a time when the country is struggling with economic stability.