Ambassador Ibrahim S. Conteh, the Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires a.i. of the Sierra Leone Embassy to the United States in Washington D.C., today signed a World Bank Grant for Sierra Leone in the amount of $30 million(thirty million dollars) at the Bank’s Headquarters. Signing for the World Bank was Mr. Makhtar Diop, the Regional Vice President for the Bank.
AMBASSADOR CONTEH ( CENTER) SHAKES HANDS WITH MR. DIOP . ON THE FAR LEFT IS HEAD OF CHANCERY, MRS. SILLAH
The Grant will be on standard IDA terms. The objective of the Grant Programme is to ensure that the Government’s Ebola Response Plan is executed through adequate budgeting and transparent use of resources, consistent with strengthening longer-term fiscal management and transparency.
AMBASSADOR CONTEH SIGNING THE GRANT
Before signing, both Ambassador Conteh and Vice President Diop paid tribute to the hard work and commitment of the Bank’s regional staff and its desire to see the Ebola crisis behind us as soon as possible. They particularly highlighted the efforts of Mr. Sheku Bangura, a Sierra Leonean senior official at the Bank for his support to urgently see the project through. Disbursement of the amount will be fast- tracked, most likely before Christmas, 2014.
Accompanying Ambassador Ibrahim S. Conteh at the signing ceremony was Mrs. Ishah Sillah, Minister-Counselor, and Head of Chancery of the Embassy.