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By Ibrahim Seaga Shaw - 20/10/2000  - New AfricanOct 2000

As expected, no real mention was made at the UN Millennium Summit (6-8 September) about the burning debt and aid dependency problems afflicting Africa. Deja vu.

Africa is too poor to get out of poverty on its own, and the donors are keeping it on the short list. This is why aid dependency is continuing... It's not enough, the size is small, and the conditions attached to them are not right". These words coated in loose threads of emotions, and the usual rhetoric, caught my attention recently for some obvious reasons.

Ahead of Sierra Leone’s Presidential run-off, Senior Lecturer in Media and Politics at the Northumbria University, Newcastle in the United Kingdom-Dr. Ibrahim Seaga Shaw has appealed to all Sierra Leoneans to “vote for change and hope, and not hopeless continuity.”

As we head to the March 27 Presidential Run-off poll between the Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio of the main opposition Sierra Leone Peoples party and Dr Samura Kamara of the All People’s Congress, we are faced with a very clear choice: vote for change and hope championed by Maada Bio and the SLPP, or vote hopeless continuity associated with Samura and the APC.

When the SLPP presidential candidate for the March 7 2018 elections, Rtd Brigadier Julius Maada Bio said in his foreword to the SLPP 2018 elections manifesto that he was calling it ‘a Manifesto of the People’ because as he put it, ‘it is the product of  very extensive and intensive consultations nation-wide, you would not help but agree with his leadership credential as a man who firmly puts the people at the heart of his vision for a better Sierra Leone if given the  opportunity in the ballot box. Indeed, this is not a gimmick; it is for real!

I have endorsed Retired Brigadier Julius Maada Bio for the SLPP presidential ticket in the March 7 2018 elections because I strongly believe in his project and ability to succeed as our next president if given the opportunity.  Perhaps I need to provide some context as to how, when and why I took this decision.

Commentary: While I have in my recent articles called, and I am as a matter of fact still calling, for an urgent review of the obnoxious 1965 Public Order Act, particularly that aspect of it that criminalises libel, I am seriously questioning the wisdom of the court action by the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) against the newly installed government of Ernest Koroma which as far as I know has put in motion a process to do just that, that is, review the law, leading to a most likely repeal.

The 2004 Human Development Report released last Wednesday July 15 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has for the seventh time in a row ranked Sierra Leone as the poorest country in the world featuring 177, the last on the list, with its West African neighbours Niger, Burkina Faso and Mali in following order from bottom.

May 8 1945, the day the Allied Forces declared victory over Nazi Germany of Adolf Hitler at the end of the Second World War, is a date observed in a very big way in France and other parts of Europe bythe laying of wreaths in memory of all those Jews and soldiers who lost their lives in the hands of the Nazis.

Sierra Leone's Vice President Solomon Berewa headed a government delegation to a donor consultatative meeting hosted by the World Bank European Office in Paris in November 2002. Expo Times Executive Director and Editor in Chief Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, who also attended the meeting as a journalist invited by the World Bank, met the Vice President for this exclusive interview touching on the special court which has just kicked off, and other issues still relevant to the country's development aspirations.

A World Bank study, released on May 14, 2003, concludes that while diamonds fuelled an "economic miracle" in a country like Botswana, they led to a total economic collapse in Sierra Leone. This study highlights how sound economic management or mismanagement can produce drastically different results.

Ibrahim Seaga Shaw who recently visited Zimbabwe on a special tour of European journalists organised by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority shares his experience on what he found about the implementation of the much media-hyped land distribution policy, an issue which he said he apparently found difficult to ignore.

The Kuwaiti-based Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Foundation organised a seminar on the topic " Economic Liberalisation and the Developing World " in Paris on September 5 as a prelude to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Cancun on September 11.

The Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Foundation last month organised a seminar on the topic " Economic Liberalisation and the Developing World " in Paris ahead of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Cancun on September 11. The Vice President of the Foundation Sheik Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah who delivered the introductory remarks at the seminar gave this exclusive interview to Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, publisher and Editor in Chief, Expo Times.

The fifth Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation took place in the Mexican city of Cancun between 11-14 September as a follow-up to the Doha Development Round in 2001 where new negotiating mandates were awarded by Ministers to the WTO administration that placed development issues, especially the interests of the less developed countries, at the heart of the WTO work.

Interpol interview:  Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, who recently visited the Interpol secretariat in Lyon, the second French capital, spoke in this exclusive interview with the organisation's Secretary General Mr. Ronald Kenneth Noble