A: Sierra Leone lies on the geographical coordinates of 8° 30' 0" N, 11° 30' 0" W.
Latitude and Longitude of Sierra Leone in other units:
|Latitude and Longitude to decimals||8.5||-11.5|
|Latitude and Longitude to degrees minutes seconds||8° 30' 0" N||11° 30' 0" W|
|Latitude/Longitude to UTM Reference|
|UTM Northing:940462.2827040551 Easting:224764.02527328115 Zone:29P|
More detail about Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone in Stages of Rebuilding
Looking from the point of view of the minerals contained in the land, Sierra Leone has a lot going for them. Unfortunately, they have also been through a lot and still have many obstacles to overcome before gaining any type of stability.
Perhaps the most famous mineral in this country is the diamond. These rocks have been the cause of many disputes, violence, and corruption over the years but they have also been the base of its economics. The growth rate of the economy slowed during the 1970?s and 1980?s because of a decline in the mining industry plus the increasing levels of corruption within the government and its officials.
The 1990's led to larger economic worries. There were decreasing levels of economic activity and the infrastructure was in serious need of repairs. There were chronic electricity shortages and this has continued to dampen any progress they have tried to make up until the hydroelectric project in 2009 started. This has been a help in relieving this shortage.
Whatever formal economy that Sierra Leone had, was basically destroyed by civil conflict. Much of the hostilities were stopped in 2002 and there were many types of foreign assistance that flooded in. This assisted greatly in the country?s recovery. A full recovery to the same level that the country was at before war will take millions of dollars more and many years of a lot of effort not just by the donors but also by the government.
Aside from the corruption, the management of the natural resources by the government is key. They have plenty of mineral resources but they also have large resources of timber and marine resources. At the moment these are threatened by lack of management and by the overexploitation of them.
With extra funds coming from the United States and various other donor countries, the government is trying to increase the production of food and cash crops. They are also looking to make other changes in infrastructure and other areas. It will take years, but the rebuilding has started.