Sierra Leone Government (Freetown)

14 January 2013

Sierra Leone: President Koroma Receives Tony Blair at State House

Freetown — President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has on Monday 14th January received the former British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair at State House.

There will be a joint press conference today with President Koroma and Mr. Tony Blair at the drawing room, Office of the President, State House, Freetown at 16:00 hours prompt.

Mr. Tony Blair is the founder of the African Governance Initiative (AGI).

The Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) was launched in Sierra Leone in 2008, a year following President Koroma's assumption of office through free and fair elections.

Since then, the AGI has maintained a team of 8 - 10 staff on the ground, providing support in key government institutions, including the Office of the President, the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA) and the Ministries of Health and Agriculture.

For instance, the AGI team in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation helped President Koroma's government in the last five years develop a clear plan for abolishing user fees, align donors behind it, and made sure the necessary reforms to drug supply, hospital infrastructure and health workers' salaries were undertaken.

The achievements recorded since the introduction of the Free Health Care in 2010, show why improving Government's effectiveness can have such an impact on people's lives.

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