|Finance minister of Sierra Leone|
March 2009 – December 2012
|Succeeded by||Kaifala Marah|
15 December 1963 |
Kamalo, Bombali District, Sierra Leone
|Political party||All People's Congress (APC)|
|Residence||Freetown, Sierra Leone|
Samura Kamara (December 15, 1963 in Kamalo, Bombali District) is a Sierra Leonean economist and the finance minister of Sierra Leone. He was the governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone until March 2009, when he was appointed by president Ernest Bai Koroma to replace David Carew as Finance Minister.
Kamara served from at least autumn 2005 as Financial Secretary at Sierra Leone's ministry of finance. He left the post some time before 2007 to work as an executive for the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. He was in December 2007 appointed governor of Sierra Leone's central bank, a decision which local papers reported had the backing of Sierra Leone's international donors and supporters of the Bretton Woods system. In late February 2009 Kamara was appointed, by Prime Minister Ernest Koroma, to succeed David Carew as Sierra Leone's finance minister. Kamara dismissed suggestions that his new role represented a demotion. He forecast that, as the country endured the late-2000s global recession, Sierra Leone would experience a contraction in economic growth during 2009 to 5.5-6%, down from 7-7.5% the previous year. He also, however, projected slowing inflation, and the country's foreign reserve holdings remained within limits set by its major donor, the IMF.
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