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World Bank Supervision Team Briefs Energy Minister on World Bank Funded Projects, Commits to Supporting Sierra Leone's Energy Aspirations

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Venue: Conference Room,Ministry of Energy,Freetown,Wednesday September 20,2023. A supervision team from the World Bank has paid a courtesy call on Sierra Leone's Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay,to update him on the Bank's energy funded projects, with specific reference to the Energy Sector Utility Reform Project,ESURP,and the ESLEAP.

Senior Energy Specialist at the World Bank, Paul Kagaba, said the team was impressed with how energy projects funded by the Bank were being implemented,adding that they were grateful to the Ministry of Energy for creating the conducive environment and for forging a solid partnership with the Bank.

He said the Energy Sector Utility Reform Project has been extended to March 2024 on the request of the Government of Sierra Leone,noting that administrative and technical plans were afoot to help make it a seamless transition from ESURP to ESLEAP under the Additional Financing Program.

Energy Specialist at the World Bank,Anshul Rana, said the Bank had demonstrated its interest in the energy sector in the country and had taken steps to ensure that projects funded by the Bank were fully implemented.

In his response, Energy Minister, Alhaji Kanja Sesay, thanked the World Bank on behalf of President Julius Maada Bio and described electricity as a critical driver of national development.

He said he was not oblivious of the crucial role the WB was playing in helping Sierra Leone harness its full energy potentials.

Deputy Energy Minister Commissions Sambaia Bendugu Mini Grid,Commends President Bio's Rural Electrification Drive

By: Austine Luseni, Communications Specialist, Ministry of Energy. Contact: +23277377042/+23234157390

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Sambaia Bendugu,Tonkolili District,Northeast Sierra Leone,Saturday October 29,2022----- Deputy Minister of Energy,Dr.Eldred Taylor,has at the commissioning ceremony of a mini grid facility at Bendugu in Tonkolili district, commended President Julius Maada Bio for his genuine desire to light up towns and villages in Sierra Leone through rural electrification or renewable solar energy.

Welcoming the Deputy Minister and his entourage, Paramount Chief of Sambaia Chiefdom, on. PC Alhajie Musa Bamba Foray Kulio Jalloh lll, described the occasion as an historic one, adding that a moral duty was imposed on his chiefdom to appreciate the development strides of President Bio in the chiefdom and by extension reciprocate the love the President had shown the chiefdom.

He said the people of Sambaia had now received two of the key basic amenities President Bio had promised them with respect to pure drinking water and electricity,noting that with electricity now available in his jurisdiction, the many bore holes that had been dug would now become fully functional.

Karpowership Visits Ministry of Energy, Shares Vision in the Energy Sector with Sierra Leone

Conference Room, Ministry of Energy, Freetown, Thursday November 11, 2021.

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Sierra Leone’s Minister of Energy, Alhaji Kanja Sesay, has received a high-powered delegation from Karpowership in Turkey in reciprocation of a visit he and some senior officials at the Ministry of Energy made to Turkey in October this year.

It could be recalled that on October 11, 2021, the Minister of Energy used his time in Turkey to hold fruitful discussions with the Turkish energy company and to extend an invitation to the company with a view to making it share and or present a sustainable or user-friendly energy roadmap or plan for Sierra Leone.

President Bio Dispatches Vice President and Energy Minister to Còte d’Ivoire to Firm up Arrangements to light up the South-East

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Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has dispatched his Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh as a Special Envoy to Cóte d’Ivoire to engage President Alassane Dramane Ouattara on the TRANSCO CLSG Power Purchase and Transmission Services Agreements.

On Tuesday 30th November 2021, the Vice President will seek audience with the Ivorian President where he is expected to deliver a personal letter from His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio with respect to the inception of the TRANSCO CLSG project.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Energy Minister Holds Fruitful Discussions with Sierra Leonean Counterpart

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Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Mining, Oil and Energy, Mr. Thomas Camara, has held fruitful discussions with his Sierra Leonean counterpart, Alhaji Kanja Sesay who is in Côte d’Ivoire as part of a delegation headed by Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh.

The two energy ministers had a fruitful interactive and experience sharing session during which they discussed bilateral relations and the critical issue of the TRANSCO CLSG interconnection.

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