Inspired by New, Big & Bold Ideas
For A Better Sierra Leone
Let's Make Sierra Leone a Better Place for our Present and Future Generations
Over 60% of Sierra Leoneans live in extreme poverty today. The country remains among the world’s poorest countries, ranking 182nd out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index in 2020. Decades of economic decline and 11 years of armed conflict had dramatic consequences on the economy. Poverty remains widespread.
We need to do something new and bold to get our country back on track. We have to solve our challenges with bold, innovative ideas. Without these ideas and a real plan for progress, we cannot utilize our country’s capacity to help people when they need it most.
Watch these videos to learn a little bit about hardship and poverty in Sierra Leone
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.
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BUILDING A BETTER SIERRA LEONE STARTS WITH NEW IDEAS.
Our party needs a renewal of energy and ideas. Yes, we can and should be proud of our great leaders and accomplishments of the past, but we need to focus on moving forward. That means choosing a leader who will invite and inspire new and younger voters into our party while also recognizing those who got us here. Better reflecting the diverse backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, and beliefs of all Sierra Leoneans is key to this.
This needs to be a campaign about ideas, vision, renewal, and a leader who can unite our party and our country behind that. Our economy is in life support with repercussions that will be felt for years to come. Our APC Party needs to be the champion for economic prosperity in this country and we need a new, committed leader with forward looking, bold ideas to make prosperity a reality for all Sierra Leoneans.
I understand what our members need, and I will work hard to ensure our members voices at home and in the diaspora, are listened to. As a long-time APC Party member, I believe passionately in our party and the role we must play in ensuring a bright future for our country.
Our ideas are based on People, Economy and the Environment, taking the impact of each into account.
A better Sierra Leone starts with building up strong Sierra Leoneans and strong communities. We need to think and talk about policy through the lens of quality of life for people and families in the communities where they live. As a family man and entrepreneur, Richard Konteh is committed to restoring the promise of a better Sierra Leone for everyone - young and old.
A strong economy gives us the ability to support people and families. In turn, building a strong, innovative, and aspirational workforce is critical to our success in a 21st-century economy. We need to build on our traditional strengths by welcoming new industries, new entrepreneurs and new ideas into the conversation. Ricahrd Konteh will inspire the next generation of business leaders, who share our values but too often don’t see themselves in our Party.
Sierra Leoneans care deeply about the environment, as stewards of an incredible landscape with an immense natural resource endowment. We all want our children and grandchildren to grow up on a healthy planet, and environmental protection is an urgent global priority. Richard Konteh will promote environmental renewal through innovation, conservation, and preservation of our biodiversity.
Richard Konteh's Vision
for the APC Party
Dr. Richard Konteh's vision of the All People's Congress Party (APC) is an organization where everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed. His experiences as a teacher, father, public servant, leader, and advocate for youth and community development shaped his dedication to serving the APC party – and his commitment to make Sierra Leone a better place where everyone has the opportunities they need to succeed and thrive.
Today, the All People’s Congress (APC) Party is facing serious challenges both internally by our structures that need urgent reforms, and externally by an aggressive governing party in power orchestrating chaos and instability for the APC Party and the country.
We are in a battle for the soul of our mighty APC Party. This is the moment we must remember who we are, and where we've come from as a party.
Dr. Konteh's long-term goal is to make the APC party the natural governing party of the country. A party that choose humility over elitism, tolerance over bias, harmony over chaos, people over politics, and unity over disunity. We respect people who disagree with us and we treat everyone with dignity. We promote equal opportunity, and we give tribalism no safe haven.
"We are APC! As an institution, there is not a single mission we cannot accomplish."
At a time when others desert the APC Party, retreat to the trenches, or are playing it safe, Dr. Konteh have been a dedicated voice to defend and articulate the views of the party at this difficult time. He stood up and challenged the National Electoral Commission during the Tonko-Limba Councillors bye-election. He successfully led the party's position in challenging the credibility of the 2020 mid-term population and housing census in Sierra Leone declared by president Bio. Dr. Koteh is also leading the party's position in challenging the credibility of the White Paper on the Biobele Commission of Inquiry.
To all our APC people, and to all Sierra Leoneans, we have to solve our challenges with bold, innovative ideas. We cannot let the tired ideas of the past slow us down, because the challenges are too great!
Dr. Richard Konteh on AYV TV leading the APC Party's position on the credibility of the 2020 mid-term population and housing census.
There is power in diversity!
Dr. Konteh will make sure our democracy includes everyone.
The APC Party constituencies and our supporters are more diverse today than 25 years ago. To be effective, the APC Party need to reflect these realities.
Dr. Konteh will ensure that all our supporters who have been historically excluded are brought back to the decision-making body and their presence reflected in our constituencies.
Dr. Konteh's commitment to this goal have inspired the NSG to invite him to help facilitate peace between the APC Party and NRM. When the APC Party bring new voices and expertise to the room, our political party becomes more powerful and effective. We need to take this bold step to get the APC Party back on track!
There is great talent in our youth!
Dr. Konteh will create the space to nurture and grow our youths.
Nurturing our young talent within the APC Party will be my key priority which will have a positive impact on both our political culture, the growth of our base and future election successes.
Dr. Konteh is persuaded that nurturing talent in APC Party will keep our supporters engaged, loyal and productive – this in turn will help the APC Party become successful in elections, governance and help our party in its drive towards the ultimate goal of winning the 2023 elections.
He will empower the youth wing and create avenues for growth and excellence. Our future depends on our vibrant young generations.
There is strength in the APC diaspora!
Dr. Konteh will create real engagement to utilize our diaspora members' expertise and contributions.
The role played by the APC Party members in the diaspora has enabled tremendous change in the party and the country. Yet our members in the diaspora are side-lined. Diaspora expertise and contributions must be better leveraged to transform both the APC Party and the country. Empowerment means recognition of and partnership with diaspora actors (branches and chapters).
Dr. Konteh will create capacity development programmes that build stronger diaspora organisations.
Dr. Konteh will create real engagement to utilize our diaspora members' expertise and contributions.
We've got to make sure our democracy includes everyone.
Richard Konteh's Vision for Sierra Leone
Dr. Richard Konteh's vision of Sierra Leone is a country where everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed. His experiences as a teacher, father, public servant, leader, and advocate for youth and community development shaped his dedication to serving Sierra Leoneans – and his commitment to make Sierra Leone a better place where everyone has the opportunities they need to succeed and thrive.
At a time like this, many of our fellow citizens are out of work, sacked by the SLPP government because of their tribe, party affiliation and place of birth. Millions of Sierra Leoneans are continually under the poverty line - going to bed hungry everyday. Rampant corruption, income and economic inequality are the defining challenges we face as a nation.
The moral test of government is how it treats people in the dawn of life – the children, people in the twilight of life – the elderly, and people in the shadows of life – the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.
Everyone deserves a fair chance to succeed!
Our nation’s success is built on the founding principles of unity, freedom, justice, unlimited opportunity, quality education, commitment to hard work, and the freedom to pursue our dreams.
This is Richard Konteh's fight! This is our fight, that each and every day we ensure that our country is advancing toward meeting these founding principles. He will work tirelessly to ensure that all Sierra Leoneans, no matter your tribe or ethnicity, no matter which city or town you live in, you will have a fair shot to get ahead and create a brighter future for yourself and your families.
Dr. Konteh's academic and professional background is in Economic Planning and Development. As former Minister of Trade and Industry, his leadership built a great foundation for Trade and Industry in Sierra Leone. He strengthen the partnership between the government and the private sector. Dr. Konteh believes the private sector should be the engine for social economic development.
As former Chief of Staff to the President, Dr. Konteh coordinated the successful implementation of the President’s Agenda for Change and the Agenda for Prosperity. He facilitated the implementation of key government and cabinet decisions, and provided technical and managerial oversight over critical activities of Ministries, Departments and Agencies. He pioneered the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Compliance, and facilitated the fulfillment of all criteria to achieve the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact. He also successfully established the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Programme, Performance Management and Service Delivery (PMSD) Directorate , and the Right to Access Information Commission.
Richard Konteh's record of leadership on critical issues, and his clear vision for our country, give me the skills and drive to tackle the challenges we will face in the next ten years, both those we can anticipate and those we can’t, and to continue to build on the remarkable progress we have made together.
Sierra Leoneans want proven leadership that leaves no one behind.
We have to solve our challenges with bold, innovative ideas. Without these ideas and a real plan for progress we cannot utilize our country’s capacity to help people when they need it most.
We cannot let the tired ideas of the past slow us down, because the challenges are too great.
There are too many of us in Sierra Leone who feel like we don’t belong, too many who can’t afford college, too many who remain unemployed or underemployed, and too many of our young people are relegated to a life of beggars and thuggery.
Together, we can tackle the tough issues:
We will create jobs in Sierra Leone that are sustainable and that will make Sierra Leone competitive in the increasingly complex world we live in.
We will close the income inequality gap to ensure no Sierra Leonean struggles to put food on their table.
We will ease the burden of poverty for every Sierra Leonean.