Journalists yesterday commenced a two day training on economic development reporting at the World Bank Conference centre in Freetown.
The objective of the training is to provide the opportunity for media practitioners to improve their reporting skills on development, business and governance issues in Sierra Leone to network and share learning experiences.
The training is being organized by the World Bank working group in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Sierra Leone Association of Journalist in Sierra Leone (SLAJ).
Speaking at the opening ceremony Sidie Sheriff of the World Bank working group said the core of the training is to acquaint journalists with basic skills and knowledge in the area of economic development and good governance.
He explained that several development partners have expressed keen interest in supporting journalists specialized in reporting on economic development with the overall view of educating the public about the poverty reduction strategy paper.
The President of the Sierra Leone Association Journalists Umaru Fofanah said the significance of the training is to equip journalists with the relevant skills and knowledge on economic development.
He also said that it is expected that the trainees will afterwards be empowered to operate on a sustainable basis as a new organization called Network of Economic and Development Reporters (NEDER).
Umaru furthered that the media in Sierra Leone has been very vibrant in addressing political and human right issues but that it has not given adequate attention to business, development, transparency and economy due to lack of capacity of journalists to report.
He noted that the inaugural phase of the NEDER project is financed by the World Bank, Africa Region External Affairs unit and encouraged future support from other partners and units within and out side the World Bank group. The training was facilitated by Ted Thompson of VOA and a consultant from IFC Peter Nuamah spoke about the advisory services of IFC in Sierra Leone while Mamadi Gobeh Kamara of the World Bank Working Group also made meaningful contributions.
By Saidu Bah