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

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

Sierra Leone Industry Coverage (2)

Mining

Sierra Leone Mining

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BMI View: The outlook for iron ore production in West Africa is increasingly precarious , as t he collapse in global iron ore prices and outbreak of the Ebola virus coalesce to slash mining companies' revenue , limit financing options , force the evacuation of workers and disrupt supply chains. 

The coalescence of a sharp downturn in global iron ore prices and the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus will dent West Africa's growth outlook as mining companies suffer reduced revenue, difficulties in accessing finance and logistical disruption.

Iron Ore Boom To Come Under Threat
Select Countries - Iron Ore Production (mnt)
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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 2014-2018 rising from 4.95mn to 5.65mn. Faster growth is possible as newcomer Smart Mobile begins its operations.

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