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Cablegate: Sierra Leone Scorecard and Reaction

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TAGS: EAID PREL PGOV ETRD KMCA MCC SL
SUBJECT: SIERRA LEONE SCORECARD AND REACTION

REF: A) STATE 152489 B) STATE 14677

1. (SBU) Summary: Following recent elections, a new
government has been installed in Sierra Leone. In the course
of making introductory calls on the new cabinet ministers,
the Ambassador discussed the MCC and provided copies of the
scorecard to key Ministers. The delivery of the scorecard was
seen as being timely as it comes at the beginning of the new
administration and provides a baseline for the new government
to work from. Several Ministers, notably Finance and Mineral
Resources, appeared well acquainted with the MCC and aware of
the size of the programs that MCC has with other African
countries. The new Ministers would welcome visits by MCC
staff to help move Sierra Leone toward eligibility. Embassy
provided copies of the scorecard to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs in late October. End Summary.

2. (SBU) Ambassador Perry provided a copy of the scorecard to
the newly appointed Ministry of Finance, David Carew, during
her introductory call on November 6. Carew welcomed receipt
of the scorecard and said that its delivery was 'timely'
coming as it did at the beginning of his ministerial
appointment. Carew noted the similarities of the MCC criteria
to World Bank and UN indicators.

3. (SBU) Later on November 6, the Ambassador paid an
introductory call on the newly appointed Minister for Mineral
Resources, Alhaji Abudakar Jalloh. The Ambassador took the
opportunity to describe her experiences with the MCC process
in Lesotho. In the course of the meeting, Minister Jalloh
summoned two fellow Ministers (whose offices are located in
the same complex); Alimamy Philip Koroma, Minister for Trade
and Industry, and Benjamin Davies, Minister for Lands,
Country Planning and Environment. Minister Jalloh, who was
teaching at the University of the District of Columbia before
taking up his Ministerial appointment, was well acquainted
with the scale of the MCC programs in other African
countries. He appears enthusiastic to move Sierra Leone
toward eligibility. Embassy will follow up with the three
Ministers to provide additional information on the MCC.
Ambassador Perry cautioned the Ministers that reaching
threshold status required considerable effort on the part of
countries to meet the criteria.

4. (U) Embassy would welcome a visit by MCC technical
experts in early 2008 to establish contact with the new
government and to assess necessary steps Sierra Leone would
need to take to meet minimum criteria.
PERRY

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