‘President Bio makes us proud’ – US Ambassador

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“By passing two additional indicators from last year as well as increasing your control of corruption score to 81% from 79% last year, you do us proud. So, congratulations Mr. President,” she said.

This is the best performance Sierra Leone has ever scored on the MCC scorecard since it was created sixteen years ago.

The United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone Maria Brewer, called on President Julius Maada Bio, to congratulate his government after passing thirteen out of the twenty Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) scorecard indicators for 2020.

In 2019 the Bio-led government passed eleven of the twenty indicators, still a long way to achieving the performance of other African countries that are receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in MCC funding support.

Addressing President Bio, Maria Brewer said: “Thank you, Mr. President, for seeing us this morning and I have the honor and privilege to formally hand over to you the scorecard and to congratulate the government and people of Sierra Leone for passing not just the scorecard but actually passing 13 of the indicators.two additional indicators increasing your control of corruption score to 81% from 79% last year.

This is the best performance Sierra Leone has ever scored on the MCC scorecard since it was created sixteen years ago.

Vice President Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh, who supervises the activities of the Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit in the country, said the MCC team has worked very hard in the last twelve months to achieve this performance.

Receiving the scorecard, President Bio thanked the American Ambassador and the MCC for what he called a more objective evaluation of his government’s performance.

“As a country, we are happy for this progress, especially as it relates to energy and water, which are very important components. The threshold programme of the MCC has been of great help and we hope that the foundation laid by this programme will actually help us in those two sectors,” President Bio said.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an independent US foreign assistance agency established in 2004 to work towards alleviating poverty. Its core principles include: competitive selection, country led solutions, country led implementation and a focus on results.

Since 2016, Sierra Leone has been implementing a $44.4 million Threshold Programme to improve the financial viability of the electricity and water sectors in Sierra Leone. The programme will conclude on 31st March 2021.