Aviation Minister Kabineh Kallon told the BBC that the project, which was due to have been completed in 2022, wasn't necessary and its current international airport would be renovated instead.
The plan - one of many Chinese infrastructure projects that have proliferated across Africa in the last two decades - had repeatedly been criticised by international financial institutions for the additional burden it would place on Sierra Leone’s...
In a statement, the ministry of transport and aviation said that "after serious consideration and due diligenc", the government had determined the Mamamah International Airport initiative was "uneconomical".
“When cooperating with Sierra Leone, China always follows the principle of equal consultation,” spokesman Lu Kang told reporters during a regular press briefing.
After serious consideration and due diligence, it is government’s view that it is uneconomical to proceed with the construction of a new airport when the existing one is grossly underutilised," a statement issued by the country's Ministry of Trans...
Sierra Leone’s new government has finally announced the cancellation of a controversial Chinese airport project sanctioned by its predecessor.
Tokyo’s stance, announced last week, comes amid growing concern over loan repayment defaulting by some African countries that have borrowed heavily, particularly from China.
Last month, Ethiopia became the first country to get its Chinese debt rolled over announcing that Beijing had agreed to restructure its $4 billion loan on the railway linking its capital Addis with neighbouring Djibouti.
President Cyril Ramaphosa says significant levels of public investment in infrastructure in the run up to the World Cup kept the economy afloat following the 2008 global financial crisis, but that this has tapered off drastically since, hampering ...
Some critics however argue that China is only entrapping Africa with its loans while fast exploiting its resources from minerals, oil and gas, to buying large tracts of land to grow food to feed its population back home.