PARLIAMENT APPROVES AMB. FRANCIS M. KAI-KAI AS MINISTER OF PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
By: Alfred Kabia
Dr. Francis M. Kai-Kai
(MoPED Press Office Freetown: Wednesday 19th June, 2019) The Parliament of Sierra Leone has on Wednesday 19th June 2019 approved the Second Report of the Committee on Appointments and the Public Service presented by the Leader of Government Business, Hon. Mohamed Sidie Tunis in the well of parliament in respect of the Presidential Nominee, Dr. Francis M. Kai-Kai.
Dr. Francis M. Kai-Kai was recently appointed by His Excellency The President, Julius Maada Bio to serve in the capacity as Minister of Planning and Economic Development to use his wealth of experience in achieving the development aspirations of the New Direction’s Agenda and the implementation of the Medium Term National Development Plan.
Dr. Kai- Kai is a household name in Sierra Leone and beyond that is synonymous to development.
Before his new appointment as Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Kai- Kai was Sierra Leone’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations where he had already gained a 13 years managerial and professional experience which forms part of his 30 years expert knowledge in diverse disciplines.
Dr. Francis Kaikai served in different capacities during the country’s transition period in enhancing a sustainable democratic era. Prior to that, during Rtd. Brig. Bio’s 3 months tenure as Head of State under the National Provisional Ruling Council (NPRC), he was appointed Secretary of State for Education. Later, he served as Director of the National Commission for Reconciliation, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (NCRRR) otherwise called the Triple ‘R’ Commission and later became the Executive Director of the then National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (NCDDR), a flagship programme of the then SLPP government which saw the first Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) released. He also headed the Development Assistance Coordinating Office (DACO), then in the Office of the President.
After performing diligently in all those task full assignments, he left in 2005 for the UN Mission in Sudan and has been working for the UN until his two recent appointments by the SLPP as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Minister of Planning and Economic Development respectively.