By Abdul Rahman Suagibu –
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS, Freetown, Sierra Leone- As a sign of formality, outgoing Resident Representative for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – Dr. Iyabo Masha bids farewell to President Bio.
In his statement, Minister of Finance – Jacob Jusu Saffa noted that; Madam Masha started operations in Sierra Leone at a very critical time when there were challenges with the Ebola virus, the drastic collapse in the price of the iron ore and at a certain point when investors running out of the country. He said during those years, the IMF boss was in the middle of efforts to advise the government to bring back investors confidence. He said that with her support, Sierra Leone was able to re-launch the extended credit facility program with the IMF, adding that from the amount that was approved; the re-launch of the program was a door – opener for several other donor assistance and the rebirth of the relationship with the World Bank.
Dr. Iyabo Masha in her statement noted, she was lucky to work with two governments in Sierra Leone and during the period; she had come to appreciate some of the challenges countries in Africa face and how small changes in policy direction could make the difference. She also applauded the President for providing for providing his staff with the opportunity to be able to show that indeed good policies could make the difference.
“I appreciate the fact that that even though there has been a change in political leadership, your government has decided to return most of the reasons me have been able to get results. There are some challenges but the policy package here is very good and all we have to do is to ensure that we are reminded of some of the things the government made policy to implement.
“Sierra Leone has come a very long way. Life expectancy has increased greatly and by the true the next Human Development Index is undertaken, there will be very strong outcomes by what I have seen in education. I have had the honor to work with a very team here that reflects gender balance. I believe in a very few years to come we will see a truly transformed country”, she added.
In his brief response, President Bio said that Sierra Leone would always remember the contributions of Madam Masha to stabilizing and helping the growth of the country. He said, she had been keenly interested in the destination Sierra Leone was moving to and commended her for the good work in the country.
For New Africa Business News Abdul Rahman Suagibu Reports, Africa Correspondent
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