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Majority of Sierra Leoneans want the country to finance its own development, but welcome loan conditions and international trade

15 Feb 2021 Sierra Leone

A majority of Sierra Leoneans want their country to finance its own development even if this means they have to pay more in taxes, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

If the country receives external loans or development assistance, these should be tied to strict requirements about how the resources are used and to the promotion of democracy and human rights, a majority of citizens say.

The government established the Sierra Leone Local Content Agency to promote local businesses and entrepreneurship. However, the survey shows that citizens are divided on whether to shield domestic producers from foreign competition, and most want foreign-owned retail shops that will ensure a wide choice of low-cost consumer goods.