Sierra Leone

International Development written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government have taken to assist Sierra Leone in developing its economy in the last five years.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

In the immediate post-conflict period, UK Government's strategy in Sierra Leone focused on establishing peace and security, ensuring macroeconomic stability and re-building state institutions. The aim was to create the overall framework of stability and rule of law that was necessary for economic development to take hold. This strategy was complemented by specific economic programmes to support investment by removing many of the administrative barriers and improving governance in the mining sector. DFID has spent approximately £164 million over the last five years.

Currently the DFID Sierra Leone office is managing a £10 million portfolio of multi-year interventions to stimulate growth in the private sector, as well as a recently agreed £20 million programme to support the energy sector, and a £16 million programme to modernise tax administration, reducing costs of compliance for businesses.

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