The Government of Sierra Leone joined the Better Than Cash Alliance to advance its transistion from cash to digital payments to drive a national economic recovery in the wake of the Ebola crisis. By becoming a member, the Government aims to improve the efficiency of payments for social welfare programs and to government employees, setting the foundation for additional advances in its economy. Transitioning to digital payments will support inclusive growth and increase payroll effiiciency in Sierra Leone.
“It is our hope that Sierra Leone will build on the existing digital payment system, expand implementation and add value as one of the efficient tools for our economic recovery following the Ebola crisis, and for delivering long-term economic growth to the people of Sierra Leone,” said Dr. Kaifala Marah, Minister of Finance and Economic Development. “Sierra Leone is a good example of digital payments. The country’s quick adoption of innovative payment technology for Ebola Response Workers accelerated their response efforts, increased transparency, helped attract and retain the workers so badly needed, and created a foundation on which they can build for the future," said Dr. Ruth Goodwin-Groen, Managing Director of the Better Than Cash Alliance.