Transparency 'fundamental' for Sierra Leone as 4.7% growth expected.

World Bank President Robert Zoellick tells government in Sierra Leone that enhancing transparency is ‘fundamental’ as they use aid to secure 4.7% growth this year.  Expected to recover from a ‘blip’ last year due to 30% decrease in diamond exports, Finance Minister Samura Kamara says 2010 will see ‘massive improvement’.

With funding from the IMF and World Bank, Sierra Leone has focussed efforts on building electricity and transport networks and developing health and education services. This will be continued with money from the World Bank set aside to help less developed countries counter the effect of the economic crisis.

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