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Location:
West Africa

Capital :
Freetown. Population: 921,000 (UN estimate 2003).

Area:
71,740 sq km (27,699 sq miles).

Description:
Sierra Leone is bordered to the northwest, north and northeast by Guinea Republic, and to the southeast by Liberia. To the south and southwest lies the Atlantic Ocean. A flat plain up to 110km (70 miles) wide stretches the length of the coast except for the Freetown peninsula, where the Sierra Lyoa Mountains rise to 1,000m (3,280ft). In some coastal areas, sand bars have formed that stretch out as far as 112km (70 miles). Behind the coastal plain is the central forested area, drained by eight principal rivers, which has been cleared for agriculture. The land rises in altitude eastwards to the Guinea Highlands, a high plateau with peaks rising to over 1,830m (6,000ft) in the Loma Mountains and Tingi Hills area. The Mende tribe is prominent in the southeast and the Temne in the western and northern areas.

Population :
6.1 million (official estimate 2007).

language:
The official language is English. Krio is also widely spoken. Local dialects are Mende, Limba and Temne

Climate:

Economy - overview:
Following what is (it is hoped) a permanent end to the country’s debilitating civil war, Sierra Leone can now start to rebuild its shattered economy. With an annual per capita income of just US$209, it is one of the world’s poorest countries. It also recorded the second lowest figure in the 2006 UN Human Development Index: in other words, it is the second worst place in the world to live.
The agricultural and mining sectors were particularly badly hit by the fighting. Agriculture employs over two-thirds of the workforce who grow coffee, cocoa, palm kernels, nuts and ginger as cash crops along with rice, bananas and cassava as staples. The fishing industry is also important.
The principal industrial activity is mining: the country has some of the world’s most valuable diamond mines, as well as deposits of gold, bauxite and titanium ore. Diamonds have proved as much a curse as a blessing, as much of the civil war fighting was motivated by control of the mines and both the government and the rebel forces relied on the revenues to sustain their war efforts. The remainder of the industrial sector is devoted to mineral and ore processing, as well as some light manufacturing of consumer goods such as textiles and furniture.
Sierra Leone’s other major economic asset is one of the world's largest natural harbours, which the government is hoping to develop as a hub for international and transit trade for the whole of the region.
Since the end of the war, the economy has grown healthily at between 5 and 7% annually (7.2% in 2006). Inevitably, Sierra Leone still depends on large injections of foreign aid to support the economy, and the IMF and World Bank have been involved in the government’s reconstruction plans.
Sierra Leone is a member of the African Development Bank and the West African trading bloc ECOWAS.
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/249/business/Africa/Sierra-Leone.html


Economy:
Following what is (it is hoped) a permanent end to the country’s debilitating civil war, Sierra Leone can now start to rebuild its shattered economy. With an annual per capita income of just US$209, it is one of the world’s poorest countries. It also recorded the second lowest figure in the 2006 UN Human Development Index: in other words, it is the second worst place in the world to live.
The agricultural and mining sectors were particularly badly hit by the fighting. Agriculture employs over two-thirds of the workforce who grow coffee, cocoa, palm kernels, nuts and ginger as cash crops along with rice, bananas and cassava as staples. The fishing industry is also important.
The principal industrial activity is mining: the country has some of the world’s most valuable diamond mines, as well as deposits of gold, bauxite and titanium ore. Diamonds have proved as much a curse as a blessing, as much of the civil war fighting was motivated by control of the mines and both the government and the rebel forces relied on the revenues to sustain their war efforts. The remainder of the industrial sector is devoted to mineral and ore processing, as well as some light manufacturing of consumer goods such as textiles and furniture.
Sierra Leone’s other major economic asset is one of the world's largest natural harbours, which the government is hoping to develop as a hub for international and transit trade for the whole of the region.
Since the end of the war, the economy has grown healthily at between 5 and 7% annually (7.2% in 2006). Inevitably, Sierra Leone still depends on large injections of foreign aid to support the economy, and the IMF and World Bank have been involved in the government’s reconstruction plans.
Sierra Leone is a member of the African Development Bank and the West African trading bloc ECOWAS.
http://www.worldtravelguide.net/country/249/business/Africa/Sierra-

Leone.html

Industries:
 

Exports:
Diamonds, rutile, cocoa, coffee and fish.

Imports:
Food, machinery and equipment, fuels and lubricants.
• Main trade partners: EU and USA

Exchange rates:
 

GDP :
US$1.3 billion (2006).


 

 

Ministries & Organization

Office of the President

Sierra Leone on the Web The Sierra Leone government's official news and information website. Online since March 1999.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Sierra Leone High Commission

 

 

 

Trade Associations & Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce The official website of the Sierra Leone Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.
Cardinal Chambers  The website of Cardinal Chambers in Freetown.
 

 

 

 

Economy and Industry

Bank of Sierra Leone
Bank of Sierra Leone The website of the Bank of Sierra Leone, in Freetown
Annual Statistics Digest - 2001
Sierra Leone in Figures - 1998
Statistics Sierra Leone
Aureol Insurance Company Limited
Bahsoon Auto Spares Distributor of automotive parts and equipment.
National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA)
Millicom (SL) Ltd. Millicom (SL) Ltd. provides prepaid cellular telephone service in Freetown.
Edward Davies and Associates, Ltd.A consulting engineering firm.
Consolidated Financial Consultants Offers a wide range of financial services
Safecon Petroleum Sierra Leone Limited Operates retail outlets and petroleum service stations throughout Sierra Leone.
Sam-King's Holding Services Ltd.Sells office supplies and stationery. 
Sam King's Machinery & Construction ServicesProvides building materials, machinery and expertise to the construction industry.
 
Chartered Trust Group Ltd.Operates the Chartered Trust Exchange Bureau Limited and procures computer and business equipment for clients in Sierra Leone.

 

 

 

 

General Information

Cry Freetown
Edinger House Sierra Leone Project 2000
Njala University College
Albert Academy
Sierra Leone Live
LACS Enterprises Information on LACS villa, guest house, clinic and nursing home
Hotel Kimbima Operates hotel lodges in Aberdeen and Wilberforce.

 

 

 

 

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