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Green Growth in Sierra Leone

This video is about green growth and using Sierra Leone as an example. Since civil war Sierra Leone has made massive growths but still a lot more is needed to be done. A decade after peace and Sierra Leone has come up with a 5 year plan for development.

The name of the plan is “The Agenda for Prosperity” and its 5 years long with the key emphasis on green growth. What that translates to is development for cities that is sustainable and renewable. It means to build resilience for cities and lasting prosperity for future generations.

Water and sanitation plants need expanding, roads need upgrading and maintenance, energy access must be extended and health services need to reach more people. Not to mention the fact that the youth need work desperately. Revenues need to be distributed evenly and water needs to be managed for production and growth.

In line with the agenda of prosperity, the African development bank is supporting Sierra Leone commitment to grow green. This is exemplified by 14000 hectares of sugar cane plantation in central Sierra Leone; Addex bio ltd has brought major investment to the country. In addition Sierra Leone will construct a huge tarmac road with investment from African Central bank which will bring in local jobs and help transport children to schools and provide other useful transport links.

Green growth offers us all a hopeful future and it opens the way to peace and prosperity for all Sierra Leoneans. With green growth we can increase employment, create happier people, a sustainable environment for our children to grow up in and most of all bring Sierra Leone into the economic game and to be recognised as one of one of Africa’s key and most beautiful countries.

Support Sierra Leone and wish it good luck as we move into the future.

Links: https://www.afdb.org/fileadmin/uploads/afdb/Documents/Project-and-Operations/Sierra%20Leone%20-%20Transitioning%20Towards%20Green%20Growth%20-%20Stocktaking%20and%20the%20Way%20Forward%20-%20Full%20Report.pdf

https://www.afdb.org/en/topics-and-sectors/initiatives-partnerships/green-growth-initiative/

 

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