With a coastline of about 506km, territorial sea frontier of 200 nautical miles, fish catches of more than 62,000 tons per annum from pelagic species (surface dwelling) taken by small-scale fishers and 106,000 tons per annum from demersal species (bottom dwelling) taken by the industrial sector, Sierra Leone has little to show for it. The coastline and beaches are also mined disconnectedly ensuing inordinate erosion and environmental degradation.
Trade is both domestic and international and dependent on the level of economic activities in the state. With productivity stunted because of the plethora of a host of problems, imbalances in trade are bound to occur.
Small businesses act as one of the engines of the nation’s economy. They create and sustain employment and provide flexibility and innovation for all sectors of the economy.
Commercialization is the key to development and economic growth as it facilitates exchange, which stimulates greater productivity. Meaningful commercialization of economic activities can only take place when sellers and buyers are brought together to transact business. Existing and past governments have failed to improve on transport and communications facilities and therefore have limited the ability of buyers and sellers to transact business.
Sierra Leone is endowed with abundant mineral resources. Returns from the exploitation of the mineral resources of this nation have never impacted positively on national development, nor the welfare of the people. The benefits are not reflected in the conditions of life of majority of the people to whom such resources truly belong.
Sierra Leone can boast of potentials in tourism, second-to-none in the West African sub-region, with the world’s longest unbroken beaches. It is also a repository of rare fauna and flora, with a potential to attract droves of tourists. Yet these bounteous gifts of nature are grossly under-utilised. The nation’s culture and heritage will also form part of the attraction to tourists.
Life expectancy in Sierra Leone averages 37 years, one of the lowest in the world. Maternity and infant mortality rate in Sierra Leone are among the highest in the world. There is a high prevalence of preventable diseases due to inadequate and ill-equipped health infrastructure, inadequate access to health and other social services in both urban and rural areas. Doctors, nurses and supporting staff are relatively few in number. PMDC believes that prevention is better than cure.
Human resource development is crucial to turning the economy around. Notwithstanding the billions poured into the education sector over the years, the best we could get are poorly constructed schools with few trained teachers, resulting in disappointing results in public examinations.
Sierra Leone, once heralded as the Athens of Africa, now lags behind less endowed nations in the provision of education.
Public buildings and offices, quarters, barracks, their furnishings and trappings nationwide are in dire state of disrepair and grossly inadequate. Meanwhile a significant number of our compatriots have no place to lay their heads. The institutional and legislative framework for a housing scheme in this country is weak and inadequate.
Information is power. Yet, successive administrations have failed to avail themselves of this power to mobilize the people through the effective use of information. They have instead kept the people in permanent ignorance in order to continue misusing, abusing and refusing them the right to a decent existence.
Access to sporting and other recreational activities makes a healthy nation. Facilities for these are lacking nationwide. While other nations are positively impacting the international sporting arena even in our subregion,
Sierra Leone has vanished from the sub-regional spotlight.
Acquisition, distribution and utilization of land resources constitute some of the most contentious issues in today’s Sierra Leone. Poor land management has caused serious tragedies in our country.
A comprehensive structure for governance characterised by a highly skilled, capable and committed workforce supported by a visionary leadership with a strong conviction for a positive change shall be the cornerstone of PMDC’s success in implementing these manifesto commitments.