Implementing property tax reform in Freetown As with many cities in sub-Sahara Africa, Freetown has been suffering from inadequate municipal services largely due to low revenues collected, in turn explained by weak tax collection and extremely low property taxes. And like all other cities, Freetown has been searching for innovative methods to improve both as a […]
In Brief: •Rwandan officials outside the mining sector need to become more actively involved with the new Mining Policy for its effective implementation. • Minerals based industrialisation may not necessarily follow the pathways defined so far by the African Mining Vision (AMV, 2009) but still achieve its wider goals. • A full diagnosis of the […]
The Sierra Leonean government is about to launch the 5–year plan as part of a 20-year Plan. One of the most important challenges facing planning and the implementation of development programmes in the country now is capacity. Inability to formulate properly designed projects, and manage complex multi sector programmes result in inflated costs and low quality results, or even failed projects.
The 2016 HDR is out and the news for Salone is depressing and worrying. Much can be said about the Report but I will draw attention to the latest set of statistics revolving around poverty and inequality. I have always questioned the poverty reports claiming that the country has reduced poverty considerably from 2002 to […]
I was asked to add my few Leones worth of ideas to the above. I usually avoid getting into the debate for several reasons. First, some reportedly corrupt societies in recent history have displayed remarkable growth at early periods – China after Tianaman, Indonesia twenty years ago, and Salone between 2010 and 2013. The drivers […]
Am in Addis at the IGC’s Africa Growth Forum. Had the chance to listen/learn from one of the architects of the country’s economic transformation underway. Some tough choices had to be made, corresponding to the clear long term vision of a determined leadership. Party politics do not interfere with that vision. 11% growth rate over […]