Sierra Leone

In-depth country-focused analysis on Sierra Leone's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight

Sierra Leone

Our comprehensive assessment of Sierra Leone's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Sierra Leone, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Sierra Leone's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Sierra Leone before your competitors.

Country Risk

Sierra Leone Country Risk

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Core Views:

  • Sierra Leone's economy will undergo a real decline of 14.6% in 2015, due to the Ebola outbreak and its negative effects on activity. Growth will rebound at 6.4% in 2016.

  • The outbreak of Ebola will significantly weigh on growth, pushing back investment plans and reducing exports.

  • The country is enjoying increasing levels of political and social stability, continuing its recovery from its ruinous civil war, although the Ebola outbreak has increased risk of social and political unrest.

Key Risks To Outlook:

All of our near-term forecasts for Sierra Leone carry significant risk from the outbreak of Ebola which has been causing deaths in the West Africa region. Until the disease is contained, the outbreak will continue to weigh on exports and...

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Sierra Leone Industry Coverage (2)

Mining

Sierra Leone Mining

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BMI View: West Africa's growth outlook will be dented by continued mineral price weakness, countries' inadequate infrastructure and the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak over the coming quarters. Miners operating within the region will suffer from declining profit margins and increasing difficulties in obtaining finance. However, the region's long-term growth outlook remains promising due to countries' vast untapped mineral reserves, positive foreign investment outlook and infrastructure developments.

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Telecommunications

Sierra Leone Telecommunications

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Sierra Leone's mobile market falls far behind its regional peers with mobile penetration expected to remain below 85% even at the end of our five-year forecast period. The mobile market has five competitors with the latest launching in H114. However, competition is focused between two main players that control 90% of subscriptions. While the international investors behind Africell and Airtel are important players in the future growth of Sierra Leone's mobile market, they crowd out the smaller players. Developments in the wireline segment are few and growth in the overall telecoms market will be driven by demand for wireless voice and data services.

Key Data

Mobile subscriptions will grow 4.4% over the five year foreast period 2014-2019, rising from 4.95mn to 5.26mn. Faster growth is possible as newcomer Smart...

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