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From 16-17 April 2013, Ambassador Fatuma Ndangiza, Eminent Member of the APR Panel, at the invitation of the Sierra Leone APRM National Governing Council led by its Chairperson, Dr. Osman Gbla, attended the Launch of the Sierra Leone Country Review Report and National Programme of Action (NPOA) in Sierra Leone.
His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma launched the Sierra Leone Report on Tuesday 16th April 2013 at the British Council Auditorium in Freetown. The Launch was attended by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament; the Secretary to the Cabinet; Cabinet Ministers; government officials from Ministries, Department and Agencies; members of the private sector and civil society, as well as diplomats and representatives of international organizations including the United Nations Development Programme and African Development Bank who are APRM strategic partners.
At the Launch, President Koroma underlined that the APRM is one of the flagship good governance programmes that his government is implementing as part of the Agenda for Prosperity. President Koroma assured the nation that his government is committed to meeting the challenges identified in the Report and to successful implementation of the NPOA.
The Country Review Report was also launched regionally at a meeting in Kenema, Eastern region attended by district leaders, officials at decentralised Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Civil Society Organisations, and the private sector. Ambassador Ndangiza officially handed over the report to Eastern Region at a meeting with Hon. William Juana Smith, the Resident Minister of Eastern Region. Launches of the Country Report in the Northern and Southern regions are planned in the near future by the APRM National Governing Council.
The APR Panel encourages all stakeholders and APRM structures to sustain the momentum in doing their part in implementing the APRM National Programme of Action (NPOA), as this is a national exercise that requires the efforts of all Sierra Leoneans.