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Sierra Leone and World Bank Collaborate to Improve Transportation Infrastructure

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Sierra Leone and World Bank Collaborate to Improve Transportation Infrastructure
Sierra Leone and World Bank Collaborate to Improve Transportation Infrastructure

Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Fanday Turay, recently met with the World Bank’s transport team to discuss their ongoing partnership and the progress made in improving the country’s transportation infrastructure. Turay expressed his gratitude for the continued support and collaboration between the Government of Sierra Leone (GOSL) and the World Bank.

During the meeting, Turay highlighted the significant gains achieved through the current project, which includes the development of a robust road network, the construction of new traffic signals, the acquisition of 50 brand new buses, and the introduction of a cashless payment system for public transportation. These improvements are set to enhance the efficiency and accessibility of transportation services in Sierra Leone.

The GOSL greatly appreciates the partnership with the World Bank and recognizes the positive impact it has had on the country’s transportation sector. The meeting provided an opportunity for Turay to emphasize the importance of these developments in improving the lives of Sierra Leoneans and promoting economic growth.

The World Bank team, which is visiting Sierra Leone, will conclude their visit by October 13th. Following their assessment, key decisions will be made regarding future projects and initiatives aimed at further enhancing the transportation system in Sierra Leone.

The progress made thus far demonstrates the commitment of both the GOSL and the World Bank to improving infrastructure and addressing the transportation needs of Sierra Leone. The introduction of new buses and the upcoming cashless payment system will not only provide more efficient and convenient transportation options but also contribute to reducing traffic congestion and promoting sustainable urban development.

Turay’s meeting with the World Bank’s transport team serves as a testament to the positive relationship between Sierra Leone and international organizations like the World Bank. It highlights the country’s dedication to improving its infrastructure and ensuring that its citizens have access to reliable and efficient transportation services.

As Sierra Leone continues to make strides in its transportation sector, it is expected that these advancements will have a far-reaching impact on the country’s economy and overall development. The partnership between the GOSL and the World Bank will play a crucial role in achieving these goals and creating a brighter future for Sierra Leone and its people.

In conclusion, Fanday Turay’s meeting with the World Bank’s transport team underscores the appreciation of the Government of Sierra Leone for the ongoing partnership and support from the World Bank. The gains made through the current project, including improvements to the road network, new traffic signals, and the introduction of a cashless payment system, are set to significantly enhance transportation services in Sierra Leone. This collaboration highlights the commitment to improving infrastructure and promoting economic growth in the country.

Before his latest appointment, Mr. Turay served as Security Adviser at the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Syrian Golan and brings 14 years of experience in United Nations peacekeeping to his new position. He chaired the National Commission for Privatization in Sierra Leone in 2019.

In 2009, Mr. Turay was appointed Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff at the Office of Military Affairs in the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Before that, he served as Legal Advisor at his country’s Ministry of Defence and as a brigade commander in the national armed forces between 2008 and 2011. From 2006 to 2008, he was a battalion commander.

In the 1990s, he assumed various posts, including Chief of Personnel Manning Joint Forces Headquarters, Aide-de-Camp to the Head of State and Military Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations in New York. He also participated in the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Monitoring Group in Liberia, in both command and staff roles.

A lawyer by profession, Mr. Turay holds master’s degrees in international transport and maritime law from the London Metropolitan University and also in international affairs from the University of Ghana. He also earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of West London.

Born on 23 September 1967, he is married and has three children.

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