The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This paper presents the Joint Staff Assessment of Sierra Leone's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) Preparation Status Report. Progress in the preparation of the PRSP has been slow. Consequently, the original completion date of end-December 2002 envisaged in the interim poverty reduction strategy paper (I-PRSP) was not attained, and the new target completion date is end-December 2003. The delay has been owing to the slow pace in implementing the disarmament exercise, the conduct of general elections, and administrative and financing difficulties.