The “biggest ever infrastructure development” will see a new international airport at Manama. President Ernest Koroma said on December 14th his country had signed a $190m (€144m) deal with the Chinese Railway International Company to build a new international airport. Speaking in the first parliamentary session since he and his party swept November elections, Koroma said the deal for what is being billed as the country's biggest‐ever infrastructure development, was signed on December 13th. The new mainland airport will be at Manama, 60km from the capital, Freetown, said Koroma. Aviation Minister Vandi Minah told the local Cotton Tree Network radio station: “The four year project will be the biggest infrastructure development undertaken in the country.” Finance Minister Samuel Kamura, also speaking on the radio, said “$190m was needed as a loan concession” from the global construction giant which is a subsidiary of China Railway Group Limited (CREC) . “The airport construction could be the largest and most significant milestone in the history of Sino‐Sierra Leone bilateral relations,” said Chinese Ambassador Kuang Weilin. Sierra Leone's only international airport is based in Lungi, eight miles across a river to the north of downtown Freetown, a former British airbase during the
Africa Research Bulletin: Economic, Financial and Technical Series – Wiley
Published: Feb 1, 2013
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