On Tuesday 17 September 2019, the Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Francis Kai Kai, addressed members of the NGO Community in Sierra Leone. The familiarization meeting took place in the Miatta Conference Hall in Freetown. The meeting was to engage the NGO communities on their continued commitment to implementing the Government’s Medium-Term National Development Plan (2019-2023) and, to address critical issues in their bid to fostering the National Agenda.
Shellac Sunny-Davies, National Coordinator of the Sierra Leone Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, speaking on behalf of the NGO Community said that despite the many challenges, National NGOs and International NGOs are committed to the cause of accountability, transparency and empowerment mechanisms. She noted that they are looking forward to continuing working with the Minister to ensure the meaningful critical contribution of the NGO Community in Sierra Leone to the overall development of the country.
In his response, the Minister thanked the NGO Community for the tremendous work they have done in the country, especially during tough moments. He said, “I am particularly grateful for the important roles NGOs have played towards the development trajectory of the country before, during and after the 11 years civil war, we all have the joint responsibility of helping Sierra Leone walk out of fragility.”
Dr. Kai-Kai concluded by assuring NGOs of a friendly working environment and noted that he is looking forward to doing more consultations on the issues discussed as they create pathways to addressing these issues.
Editors Note Original Story by Amin Kef Sesay. The Calabash Newspaper, September 20, 2019.