Alan Milburn Shares Reform Experiences With Counterparts in Sierra Leone
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Posted on: 9th February 2009
The visit has seen Mr. Milburn working with the ministers of health, education and agriculture on their plans for delivering improvements in their respective sectors and the role they can play in improving governance and fostering development within Sierra Leone.
Mr. Milburn's work complements both Tony Blair's role as an advisor to President Koroma and the role of the team from the Office of Tony Blair who are working within the government of Sierra Leone to improve governance and promote investment.
Following his meeting with the President and key ministers, Alan Milburn said: "Sierra Leone is an inspiring place to visit, the challenges that it faces face are enormous, but there is a real desire to achieve progress and a definite sense of hope.
"The important thing is working out how to turn this desire into concrete and practical actions that will benefit all Sierra Leoneans. If there is any way I can work with President Koroma and his government and others to achieve this, I would be deeply honoured."
During his visit to Freetown Mr. Milburn has also been seeing first-hand how public services are delivered to the people, with visits to Ola During Children's Hospital and the EB Williams School in Freetown.
Alan Milburn held a number of key ministerial positions in Tony Blair's government, including Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Secretary of State for Health. As Health Minister he was charged with responsibility for delivering the modernisation of the National Health Service (NHS), one of the world's largest organisations. In spearheading this drive for reform, he earned his reputation as a radical reformer with the capacity to achieve real change - for instance in delivering the ambitious reductions in hospital waiting times that had been a key plank of the government's programme.
The work described here was carried out by the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, it is now being continued by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.