• Building viable local councils through sustainable revenue generation

    By Tanu Jalloh

    During a recent week-long oversight outreach the parliamentary accounts committee encouraged local councils to improve on their revenue generating strategies for sustainable governance and improved service delivery.

    The apparent fear of systems failure, stemming from some outstanding queries put forward by the Auditor General’s Report of 2014, was that these local governance structures risked dissolution instead of devolution. If this happens, it might negatively affect local economic development.

  • Policymakers meet on tax issues, What OTI-SL makes of it

    By Tanu Jalloh

    The Tax Justice Network–Africa (TJN-A) in collaboration with the East Africa Tax and Governance Network has concluded a consultative forum on ways of curbing illicit financial flows from Africa.

    From 4 to 5 July 2016 the forum held in Arusha, Tanzania with 33 Members of Parliament from various countries in Africa and eight civil society group representatives, discussed the role as legislators to stop illicit financial flows.

  • Updated: Energy & Sierra Leone’s Export

    By Tanu Jalloh

    Effective energy supply, water provisions and management to increase production output remain the biggest problems facing the manufacturing industry in Sierra Leone’s import-led economy. Ask the Belgians, Dutch, Chinese and Americans, Sierra Leone’s main export partners, and they would tell you how the country’s export did well just between 2010 and 2012 in recent times.

  • OTI on EITI standards 2016

    By Tanu Jalloh, Lead Consultant, OTI-Sierra Leone

    The Open Tax Initiative (OTI-Sierra Leone) is a media-led project of the National Advocacy Coalition on Extractives and Free Media Group that seeks to promote openness in tax administration using investigative reporting and advocacy journalism.

  • Sierra Leone: Fuel subsidies, fuel prices

    By Tanu Jalloh

    Almost exactly one year ago I wrote an article reacting to government’s decision at the time to reduce fuel pump price from Le4,500 to Le3,750 only because the price of crude oil had slumped from $100 in august 2014 to $48 a barrel in January, 2015. I said it was not only not wise, but also not strategic.