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Sierra Leone’s Finance Minister Nominee Kaifala Marah Speaks
By Michael T. Kamara
Dec 18, 2012, 16:55
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The newly nominated Finance Minister of Sierra Leone, Dr. Kaifala Marah has granted an exclusive interview to Awareness Times at his State House office. Speaking to this newspaper just few minutes after the presidential announcement of his nomination, Dr. Marah, who until this announcement was the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, informed that prior to working for the President, he was the Public Finance Advisor in the Governance and Institutional Development Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London.

Dr. Marah said further that his extensive years of experience on the international scene saw him being responsible for operationalising the Commonwealth Heads of Government Mandate on Public Expenditure Management as well as providing advisory training and policy development services to developing Commonwealth countries.

Dr. Marah said before leaving the Commonwealth, he developed a government self assessment toolkit on financial management for member countries. In addition, he went on, he is a budget Analyst at the state senate of New York and a Graduate Fellow at the Centre of International Development, State University of New York, in Albany.

Dr. Kaifala Marah poses for Awareness Times last evening at his State House office

It can be recalled that His Excellency President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma on Monday 17th December 2012 commenced the announcement of his new Ministerial Cabinet which will serve as Executive Arm of government for the next five years. This was according to an official press release signed and issued from the Office of the President at State House in Freetown.

According to the release, it has pleased His Excellency the President to appoint his current Chief of Staff Dr. Kaifala Marah as Minister of Finance and the current Finance Minister, Dr. Samura Kamara as Foreign Affairs Minister.

The release went on that the current Attorney-General and Minister of Justice Frank Kargbo will continue to retain his position as Attorney-General.

Kaifala Marah is expected to face Parliament's Appointments Committee immediately in order to be approved at the next Parliamentary Plenary Seating slated for Thursday 20th December 2012 so he can read the Budget on Friday 21st December 2012.

It is widely expected that President Koroma will name the rest of his cabinet ministers, both new and old by the end of this week. There are also wide speculations that the President’s new cabinet will comprise of more youth and women than his past cabinet.


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