In her maiden press briefing the United States ambassador to Sierra Leone, June Carter Perry, has pledged her country’s commitment towards achieving a more democratic “and prosperous environment in Sierra Leone.”
Addressing members of the Fourth Estate, the ambassador disclosed that Sierra Leone had conducted free fair and peaceful elections, which had been commended by the United States and also the world as a whole.
She said, “the nation’s elections were concrete expressions of the progress Sierra Leone has made in recent years.”
Ambassador Perry further commended the National Electoral Commission (NEC), which is led by Dr Christian Thorpe and also the police “who ensured that the elections were free, fair and well secured. And the citizens for their eagerness to cast their vote, without fear of retribution are the first step in rebuilding confidence in government.”
The ambassador averred that due to the successful elections their mutual standards for democracy in Sierra Leone were high.
She stated that, “peaceful transition of power was a momentous step, but it was only the first step.”
Highlighting some of their priorities, ambassador June Carter Perry explained that they would continue their collaboration in economic reforms and good governance for the people just as the government pledged their support to this.
In the fight against corruption, the ambassador further pledged their commitment in this fight and also to encourage the Anti Corruption Commission, the fiscal reform and social and economic development.
Adding that she was encouraged by the new government’ open declaration that there would be “zero tolerance” on corruption.
She echoed that, “corruption eats away at the fabric of government and society and robs future generations of a brighter and prosperous future.”
The new ambassador, who took over in September, urged Sierra Leoneans to take advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) as they were ready to assist the country in that direction as “Sierra Leone is known for the best household decorations and other forms of art. She said, “already in my short time here, I can see that there is huge potential for progress in this country, and the will to make it happen is there.” The ambassador hoped that they would see “an increase in respect for the rule of law and civil authority, a more autonomous judiciary, and economic development, encouragement of business, and strong anti-corruption measures.”