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Sierra Leone: Economic Situation

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's latest assessment is of the economic situation in Sierra Leone. (190612)

[holding answer 29 February 2008]: The economic outlook for Sierra Leone is favourable, although fragile and highly vulnerable to external shocks. The economy grew at sustained pace (8 to 9 per cent. per year) since the end of the hostilities in 2002, and is expected to continue to expand at 6.5 per cent. in 2008, in line with the sub-Saharan African average. Inflation, around 12 per cent. in 2007, is expected to decline to single digit by the end of 2008. Business confidence was boosted by the peaceful outcome of the September 2007 elections, with an increase of private investment, especially in the construction and hospitality industry, and new entrants in the banking sector.