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The State House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of Sierra Leone. The State House is located at State Avenue, Tower Hill, in central Freetown, Sierra Leone. The State house is often locally referred to as the seat of power.
The Presidential cabinet meetings, meetings with visiting foreign heads of state and international delegations are all held at the State House.
The State House is located within the central business district in downtown Freetown. It’s a short distance from the Sierra Leone House of Parliament, just a stones throw from the Sierra Leone Ministry of Defence building, the Sierra Leone National Electoral Commission (NEC) building, and just a block away from the Bank of Sierra Leone building.
Office of The President
Members of Staff
The president’s senior staff members have their offices inside the State House, including the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, the office of the Presidential spokesman, the office of the secretary to the president, the office of the Aide de camp to the president, the office of the national security adviser to the president, the office of the senior political advisors to the president, and the office of the senior economic advisers to the president.
Office of The Chief of Staff
Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU)
Established in 2008, it is the oldest unit at State House under the regime of President Ernest Bai Koroma and predates even the Office of the Chief of Staff. It was set up to enhance policy analysis and coordination at the Presidency and in assisting the President realize his vision under the Agenda for Change (presently Agenda for Prosperity).
The unit provides technical expertise and strategic advice to His Excellency the President and serves as “in – house think thank” for the presidency. The unit also has mandate to ensure effective coordination and harmonization of policies across government as well as supporting the monitoring and evaluation of government programmes.
Performance Management and Service Delivery Directorate (PMSD)
The OCOS was borne out of the vision for an office that will be dedicated to supporting the effective execution of the President’s Agenda for change, now rolled out into The Agenda for Prosperity through providing the necessary collaborative links and support to MDAs to meet targets. It provides technical oversight and advisory services to the Presidency for the implementation of projects contained in government’s priorities as set out in the President’s Agenda. It is also a facilitator between the presidency and parliament, development partners, the international community, extra political and non-profit groups and all non-state actors.
Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (SLEITI)
SLEITI seeks to build a culture of corporate accountability and transparency in the management of our natural resources by empowering citizens to hold government to account for the stewardship of revenues received from the extractive sector. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative was launched in 2003 and today represents a global movement towards greater financial transparency and accountability in the natural resource sector. The EITI Standard requires information along the extractive industry value chain from the point of extraction, to how the revenue makes its way through the government, to how it benefits the public.
State House Communications Unit
The State House Communications Unit was established in 2010 as part of OCOS, with specific mandate to assist all units/departments at State House. It serves as a framework for the development and utilization of information materials, and facilitates exchange of information between the executive, the public and partners. The unit also promotes transparency and accountability for greater confidence and informs stakeholders about the presidency and educates target groups and the public about the status of implementation of on-going projects. The unit communicates with media professionals, news agencies around the globe to achieve the objective of the president. The State House Communications Unit collaborates with all partners to ensure successful implementation of government policies.
Millennium Challenge Corporation Unit (MCCU)
The MCC is a US foreign aid agency that is helping countries fight widespread poverty through economic growth. The MCC assesses over two hundred countries annually that are either LICs or LMICs on a competitive basis. To be selected, a country must pass a minimum of ten out of twenty governance related indicators including those of “political rights” and “control of corruption”. The MCCU also hosts the policy benchmarking unit that is charged with the main responsibility of working with key stakeholders to ensure that secondary data sources used by the MCC are availed readily; it also has a secondary function of working with key Ministries, Department and Agencies to overcome indicators that pose a challenge for Government.
In his continued efforts to enhance active citizens’ participation in governance, H.E. President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma setup the Citizens/Stakeholders Committee (CSC) Secretariat to meet one of the recommendations made by citizens of Sierra Leone at the 2012 Sierra Leone Conference on Development and Transformation (SLCDT).
The secretariat is responsible for “maintaining the momentum of change” so that Sierra Leone will realize its 2035 Vision of becoming a middle income country in 25 years and a donor country in 50 years. The role of the Citizens Committee and the Secretariat is to monitor, evaluate and report on the implementation process of the conference recommendations
Private Public Partnership Unit (PPPU)
The Private Public Partnership was established with the task of promoting, contributing to inclusive growth and international competitiveness of the Agenda for Prosperity. It assesses commercial joint ventures with private sector, operations and the management of contracts. The Private Public Partnership Design, Build, Finance, Own and Transfer, BOTs, BOOs, BOOTs etc. and advises on risk transfer and private sector involvement as well as concessions.