The Sierra Leonean authorities appreciate the constructive engagement and policy dialogue with staff during the 2016 Article IV consultation and Fifth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The authorities found the discussions to be appropriately focused on macroeconomic and financial sector policies, as well as structural reforms, while striking the right balance between supporting Sierra Leone’s post-Ebola recovery while maintaining macroeconomic and financial stability. Our authorities broadly agree with the staff’s assessment of the Sierra Leone’s economic opportunities, challenges and risks. They place high value on the accompanying policy recommendations while pursuing the implementation of the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) program. As such, the authorities request Executive Directors’ support in concluding the 2016 Article IV consultation, and the completion of the fifth review under the ECF. In addition, they request support for two-month extension of the ECF arrangement, as a result of the change in scheduled reviews due to Ebola outbreak, to allow time to complete the final review.