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Sierra Leone News : Chinese Government Boosts Think Tanks & Scholars from Sierra Leone
By Kandeh Sesay
Jul 7, 2017, 17:00
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Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and The Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (GSCASS) have organized a twenty two days training programme for Think Tanks and Scholars from Sierra Leone.


The event was hosted by GSCASS and sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and spanned between Wednesday 7th to Monday 26th June, 2017, and was held at the CAMIC International Convention Center in Beijing, China. The programme rests on two main points: Firstly, to understand the development and function of Think-tank, and secondly the influences of Think-Tank on China’s policy and how can knowledge and experience gained be transferred to the Sierra Leone situation.

 

Cross section of Participants

 

In his opening presentation Prof Huang,head of GSCASS talked on The Historical Outlook of the Chinese Economy. Other topics presented during the seminar included: The Belt and Road and Sino African Cooperation, Chinese History and Culture, Chinese Agriculture and Rural Development: Experiences and Challenges, China’s Political system and Xi Jinping ideas on Governance, Investigation and Decision on China’s National Condition, Chinese Business Think Tanks and Internet Industry, Industrialization, information and technology, Cultural and creative industries cooperation in the Belt and Road, Overseas Market Cooperation of Taihaos Mechanical and Electrical Industry, Think Tanks and Expert consultation in China, China-Africa Relations: History and Reality.

 

In addition to the presentations, site visits were also made in Beijing, the capital of China. Amongst the touristic sites the group visited were: the Great Wall of China, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World; the Forbidden City, where Chinese Emperors lived; the Pavilion of Prince Teng; the Summer palace and the Zoo. The team also visited Nanchang city where site visits to the Tell how Group of Companies and The New Nanchang City among others, were made.


Very impressive presentations were also made.

 

Mr. Alpha Mohamed Jalloh from the Open Government Initiative (O.G.I) and Head of Sierra Leone Delegation commended the Chinese government for such a wonderful training and affirm the relationship between China and Sierra Leone will continue.

 

Professor Alimamy Joseph Turay, Vice Chancellor University of Makeni (UNIMAK) thanked the Chinese Government and the Graduate School of Chinese Academy for the brilliant teachings and promised that the team will implement what they have learnt.

 

Dr. Frazer Williams, Head of Chemistry Department Fourah Bay College (FBC);  Kenny Prince, Head of Language Department; Dr. Philip Michael Kargbo, Founding Director Center for Alternative Policy Research and Innovation ( CAPRI); Abdulia Maxim Conjoh , Dean of Education Militon Margai College of Education;  Dr. Dominic  Lamin Falla, Head of Leadership and Governance IPAM; Abubakarr Lamin of  FBC; Mr. Hamed Tejan Bah, Head of Accounting and Finance IPAM; Mrs. Millicent Mamie Allie,  Njala University; Mrs Oyah Aminata Bailor, of Freetown City Council;  Mrs. Isatu Bangura, Ms Musu Conteh, Engineer; Mr. Paul Sunday  Dambo from National Tourist Board; Mr. Franklyn Chukuma Davies, NGO; Mr. James Christopher Jonathan, Ballantan Academy; Mr. Abdulai Kamara, Open Government Initiative (OGI); Ms. Adama Kamara, OGI; Ms Assata Sylvia Kamara, OGI; Mr. Samuel Hamid Karim, OGI; Mr. Paul Hindowa Lebbie, SLRA; Mr. Nicholas  Royston-Wright, Sierra Leone China friendship Association; Mrs Jeneba Angela Salankole, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Victor Hassan Sasso, OGI; Mr. Thomas Alfred Sengeh, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;Fr. Benjamin Humaru Sesay, UNIMAK; Mr. Philip Kamanda, Njala University; Mrs Abdulai Cherinor Sie, Managing Editor Independent Newspaper; Ms Kumba Kaifeneh, OGI  and Mr. Kandeh Sesay Managing Editor The Watch Newspaper form part of the delegation.


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