The foreign thrust of a re-elected APC government shall be to reinforce existing relations with foreign countries and all international organisations to which Sierra Leone is a member. This will be done through implementation of well defined policies and programmes that will safeguard and protect our national interests as stated in section 10 of the preamble of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone.
The APC recognises the invaluable contribution of women in every aspect of the nation’s economic endeavours. Women must be able to participate as equal partners in our quest for leadership and development of our nation.
Throughout Sierra Leone the scars of war are a grim reminder of the atrocities committed on our people for more than a decade.
Quite a good number of the victims of the war have yet to put a closure to that nightmare more so because of the gross failure of the SLPP government to implement the findings and recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Raped women, orphans, branded children, amputees; the mentally and physically scarred all require and deserve reparations and integration into mainstream society.
Sierra Leone has been characterized by the lack of good, reliable and sustainable energy and power for the last several years. The APC has for long acknowledged that it is near impossible to run a modern state without reliable and adequate supply of energy and power.
This is why we initiated the Bumbuna Hydro Electric Project many years back. A situation whereby the nation’s capital has remained for years without dependable electricity supply will not be allowed to persist by an incoming APC government.
The APC recognizes that transport and communications constitute very vital links both in our domestic and international economic change. Inland and water transportation are stimulants to development especially within the rural areas.
However, river transport infrastructure consisting of jetties, wharfs, warehouses and transit sheds are in dire need of attention. Similarly an improved network of trunk and feeder road system is necessary for the development of the economy and the delivery of goods and services.
The importance of air transportation in a globalized world cannot be overstated
The dissemination of information in a timely and efficient manner depends on a reliable communication system.
Sierra Leone with its unique landscape, exotic flora and fauna, mountains and natural beauty together with its historic heritage, remains a tourist dream. The APC recognizes the devastation caused to this sector by the civil war and sees the need for its revitalization.
Historically, the minerals of Sierra Leone have been the major foreign exchange earner for the country and have been providing jobs for a large proportion of the population. This sector has been badly devastated during the ten year civil war. In particular, all institutional and alluvial mining activities were brought to a standstill.
Sierra Leone has been a pioneer and a leading light in radio and press journalism. However there is current need to revive those golden days at a time when this century has been designated as ‘the information age’. The APC government, recognizing this situation shall continue to regard the mass media as a critical and necessary ingredient of good governance and shall support it as a tool for national development.
As a party, let us assure everyone that we have in place a solid team of dedicated personnel with the brain power, commitment and professional expertise to implement these programmes. The APC therefore calls upon all
Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad and the international community to join us in realising these noble goals of governance presented in this manifesto.