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: We expect West Africa's mining sector to undergo rapid growth as companies are attracted to the region's sizeable mineral deposits. Iron ore will be the centre of this transformation as abundant high-grade reserves in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire offer unrivalled opportunities. However, risks to this bullish outlook remain weighted to the downside, with weak global iron ore prices, insufficient infrastructure and political concerns top of the list.

West Africa will exhibit some of the fastest rates of growth in iron ore production over the coming years which will make the region a major export hub by 2018. We expect steady growth in gold production in Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso, however we highlight that weak gold prices will squeeze margins for gold miners and precipitate mine closures where cash costs become unsustainable.

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West African Boom

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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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