Samura Kamara

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Samura Kamara
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone
Assumed office
Preceded by Joseph Bandabla Dauda
Minister of Finance of Sierra Leone
In office
Preceded by David Carew
Succeeded by Kaifala Marah
Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone
In office
Preceded by James Rogers
Succeeded by Sheku Sambadeen Sesay
Personal details
Born Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara
(1963-12-15) 15 December 1963 (age 53)
Kamalo, Bombali District, Sierra Leone
Nationality Sierra Leonean
Political party All People's Congress (APC)
Residence Freetown, Sierra Leone,
Alma mater Fourah Bay College
Profession economist
Religion Christianity

Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara (born December 15, 1963) is a Sierra Leonean economist who has been Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone since 2012.[1][2]

A native of Kamalo, Bombali District, Samura Kamara spent some time as Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance during President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah's administration.[3] He was the Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone from 2007 until March 2009, when he was appointed by President Ernest Bai Koroma as Minister of Finance.[4] In December 2012, he became the Minister of Foreign Affairs.[5] Samura Kamara is a member of the Limba ethnic group.

Early life[edit]

Samura Kamara was born in the village of Kamalo, Bombali District in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone to ethnic Limba parents.[6]


Kamara served from at least autumn 2005 as Financial Secretary at Sierra Leone's Ministry of Finance.[7] He left the post some time before 2007 to work as an executive for the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.[8] He was in December 2007 appointed governor of Sierra Leone's central bank, a decision which local papers reported had the backing of Sierra Leone's international donors and supporters of the Bretton Woods system.[9] In late February 2009 Kamara was appointed by President Ernest Koroma to succeed David Carew as Sierra Leone's Minister of Finance.[10] Kamara dismissed suggestions that his new role represented a demotion.[11] He forecast that, as the country endured the late-2000s global recession, Sierra Leone would experience a contraction in economic growth during 2009 to 5.5-6%, down from 7-7.5% the previous year. He also, however, projected slowing inflation, and the country's foreign reserve holdings remained within limits set by its major donor, the IMF.[12]

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  6. ^ Kandeh, Mariama (10 September 2008). "Sierra Leone: Amidst Hard Work, Poverty Still Rules Country's Interior". Concord Times (Freetown). Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  7. ^ Munu, Abu Bakarr (Oct 26, 2007). "Sierra Leone Government now on full PRSP". Awareness Times. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Sierra Leone's Bank Governor to be sacked by new President". Awareness Times. 16 October 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  9. ^ Fofana, Sorie (7 December 2007). "Welcoming the new Bank Governor of Sierra Leone". Awareness Times. 
  10. ^ "Koroma names new finance minister". 28 February 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  11. ^ Pratt, Regina (12 March 2009). "Sierra Leone: Ex-Bank Governor Dismisses Demotion Claims". Concord Times (Freetown). Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  12. ^ Woollcombe, Alexander (4 March 2009). "INTERVIEW-Mining slump seen cutting S.Leone 2009 growth". Reuters. Retrieved 22 June 2009.