Business And Economy

Our grade in the diamond trade

By Tanu Jalloh

Diane Frost was trying to make a case for countries, most of them in Africa, whose diamonds have been exploited by the very countries in the west that pity them after the last decade of wars on the continent. Frost is lecturer in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool, UK.

In his work published recently titled: ‘From the Pit to the Market: Politics and the Diamond Economy in Sierra Leone’the sociologist established that Bottom of Form

The energy to export from Sierra Leone

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. My bane!

Sierra Leone's deficits and budget credibility

By Tanu Jalloh

You might want to know that by their own admission the government faced several policy challenges coming into 2011, according to a Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies they submitted to the International Monetary Fund, IMF later that year.

Land economy in Sierra Leone

By Tanu Jalloh

Often when we discuss land, we tend not to appreciate its integral role in the general economic strata of a functioning society – the village settlements, towns, district headquarters, regions and the country – in this case Sierra Leone.

Today, land acquisition and distribution have become a do-or-die affair. The reasons for this are manifold. They, nonetheless, invariably range from social to political and economic considerations.

Going beyond the extractive industries

By Tanu Jalloh

A survey report released by Ernst & Young (EY) on May 6, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa has justified the need for natural resource-rich countries in Africa to go beyond that wealth.

EY is one of the largest professional service firms in the world and one of the ‘big four’ accounting firms, along with Deloitte, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Water: Costing the drops

By Tanu Jalloh

When the new minister of water resources was on Radio Democracy’s breakfast show on Tuesday 19 March this year, he said the country needed well over US$ 200 Million to fix the decaying water supply systems in the country.

Momodu Maligi’s comments were a sort of correction or reaction to the interviewer’s assertion that the ministry would need close to the amount, apparently suggesting that the money was too much. At least that was indicative of his sounding jeering behind the microphone.