Chinese company lobbied to build Sierra Leone national backbone


Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communication has confided in the Chinese government that his government was keen to build a fibre backbone to facilitate the landing of the ACE cable in the country.

Speaking to the Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo stressed the need to construct the optic backbone, noting: "The absence of the optic backbone will pose difficulties in the landing of the Submarine Fibre in Sierra Leone by 2011."

He commended the Chinese for providing his government with both the CDMA and the Security Platform for the submarine cable, which he said, should be under the control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Kargbo used the occasion to inform the diplomat that his ministry has launched an Information and Communication Technology Council in Sierra Leone.

The Chinese envoy, Lui Yulin, strongly promised to relay the concerns raised by the minister to his government through his embassy. He maintained that the issue of communication technology was a matter of urgency, noting, "We are living in an information technology world". Yulin reaffirmed the Chinese government's commitment to continue to work with Sierra Leone to advance information technology in the country.