|Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sierra Leone|
|Preceded by||Joseph Bandabla Dauda|
|Minister of Finance of Sierra Leone|
|Preceded by||David Carew|
|Succeeded by||Kaifala Marah|
|Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone|
|Preceded by||James Rogers|
|Succeeded by||Sheku Sambadeen Sesay|
|Born||Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara
15 December 1963
Kamalo, Bombali District, Sierra Leone
|Political party||All People's Congress (APC)|
|Residence||Freetown, Sierra Leone,|
|Alma mater||Fourah Bay College|
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. 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. In December 2012, he became the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Samura Kamara is a member of the Limba ethnic group.
Kamara served from at least autumn 2005 as Financial Secretary at Sierra Leone's Ministry of Finance. He left the post some time before 2007 to work as an executive for the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. 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. In late February 2009 Kamara was appointed by President Ernest Koroma to succeed David Carew as Sierra Leone's Minister of Finance. Kamara dismissed suggestions that his new role represented a demotion. 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.
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