Scottish MP Jack McConnell currently in Sierra Leone as an envoy of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has stated that those in the developed world must not turn their backs on under developed countries particularly those that have experienced conflict in recent years.
He noted “the global financial crisis is a threat to funding in Sierra Leone and other countries that needs support at this time.
Analysts have stated that the financial situation is even more serious as the country has just emerged from conflict and the Leone rapidly depreciating.
The Scottish MP added “to remove funding for a brief period of time could see countries move backward rather than build on the successes that have been achieved.”
He promised that “the International Community will stick with Sierra Leone in this difficult financial time; we cannot walk away after these few years of peace; we have to remain here supporting the country into development.”
He also called on the International Community and other institutions to continue supporting Sierra Leone at this crucial financial time.
The purpose of McConnell’s visit was to see the peace building work being supported by the UK and UN; meet with the UN and government officials, and also to get a first hand view of life in Sierra Leone.