Sierra Leone Sustainable Tourism Development Project (WB-P164212)

  • Sierra Leone
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Sep 20, 2018
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Sierra Leone
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
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  • Law and Government
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 10.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 10.75 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Dec 4, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Dec 28, 2017

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the project objective is to improve the tourism business environment, enhance market access, and improve tourism products and services in Sierra Leone.

The proposed project will take an integrated destination approach to improving the performance of Sierra Leone’s tourism sector. This will include facilitating the reduction of barriers to business success, assisting existing tourism providers with market access, and improving the quality of selected tourism products in order to place the country’s tourism sector on a sustainable and inclusive growth trajectory. This will be achieved through a mix of institutional, and policy reforms, market development and national re-branding as well as building B2B linkages and strategically developing tourism products in selected areas.

  1. Strengthening the tourism enabling environment and its institutions ($1.5m). Given the emerging stage of tourism in Sierra Leone, the effective structuring of the sector is an important prerequisite to developing tourism in a sustainable and inclusive manner. This component aims to improve the policy, institutional and enabling environment for tourism by updating the tourism legal framework, building institutional capacities to improve the sector’s management and development
    and reducing access constraints.
  2. Component 2: Market Development ($3m). After its civil war and Ebola epidemic, Sierra Leone’s image remains badly tarnished, with negative perceptions being one of the largest roadblocks to effectively developing the country’s tourism sector.
  3. Component 3: Product Development ($4.7m). The country has a clear strength in three product categories of 1) Heritage, 2) Ecotourism, and 3) Island
    and marine-based tourism.
  4. Component 4: Project Management ($0.8m). The project will be managed through a Project Implementation Unit (PIU). The placement and reporting of the PIU will be determined during project preparation by an institutional assessment, taking into account lessons learnt from the recent EIF tourism project and related development partner experiences. 
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World Bank:
Adja Mansora Dahourou
Senior Private Sector Specialist

Ministry of Finance
Implementing Agencies
Ministry of Tourism & Cultural Affairs
Mohamed Jalloh
Director of Tourism 


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