The role that energy plays in the alleviation of poverty and in economic development is well known. Indeed, it can be argued that without the sustained and concerted effort to provide modern energy to all segments of the population, development goals will not be reached. It is thus encouraging that the country has embarked developing and reviewing comprehensive policies and strategies for the energy sector.

In recognition of the importance of energy in the nation’s development, the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, His Excellency Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has declared energy as one of his highest priorities. The Ministry of Energy, is aware that the expectations of the President will not be met, unless and until clear and comprehensive policies are established, on the basis of which, action will be taken to address the energy needs of the country.

The Ministry of Energy has since 2013 in collaboration with Sierra Leonean energy practitioners and the Ministry’s several energy partners, been working on and developing and reviewing several policies and acts on energy.