national consultations continue with the company


National consultations initiated by the junta that took power on September 5 continue in Guinea. For this second day, under the leadership of Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, the CNRD invited civil society, then diplomatic missions and finally Guineans abroad. On Thursday, it is the turn of representatives of the mining sector.

Some members of the diaspora took the plane as quickly as possible to return home after the coup, reports our special correspondent in Conakry, Charlotte idrac. Others passed through Guinea for business or family visits. They are business leaders, students, researchers or traders. Many Guineans abroad have responded on Wednesday afternoon.

Colonel Mamady Doumbouya has promised to involve the diaspora in the transition. Many say they are ready to contribute, to bring their skills with “a hope for change”, for “a fresh start”. Like this entrepreneur, who left for France, who gave up projects in his country “due to corruption”.

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We need “new faces”, “a renewal of the political class” and “Guineans abroad have a lot to contribute to the country’s development”, adds another, who left Guinea at the same time. ’18 years, because he said, “there were no opportunities.”

“Obviously, I would definitely like to return home in the future,” says one emigrant for 20 years, in Italy and then in the United States. But he is vigilant. “My hopes during the 2008 coup, then during the election of Alpha Condé in 2010, turned into despair.” “So this time I’m waiting to see.”

I could express myself in the desire of civil society to have a rational transition, which should be neither too short nor too long. The transition must lay the foundation for a successful choice. These bases hardly exist today.

Dansa Kourouma, Chair of the National Council of Civil Society Organizations of Guinea

Consultations continue this Thursday with the heads of mining companies and the presidents of the employers’ organizations. According to the Chamber of Mines of Guinea, some 15 leaders of mining groups should take part in these consultations. The mining world is quite relieved, because so far the military has announced that they want to guarantee their investments, their agreements and have lifted all restrictions on their exports.

The mining sector received this Thursday 2008, when he took power, Captain Dadis immediately announced that he wanted to renegotiate mining contracts, even blocking all gold exports. Colonel Doumbouya, on the other hand, does the opposite by guaranteeing his contracts to the miners from the outset, lifting the curfew in producing regions and opening land borders for export.

Applause from the corporate ranks, and the anxiety quickly disappeared. Even before they meet those who run the country, the miners know that they will continue to run their businesses. But the question is whether the business will continue as before.

In its latest report, the IMF expressed concern about the many tax exemptions and other benefits granted to mining companies. Because the country, which has experienced a boom in bauxite production, receives proportionally lower revenues than ten years ago.

In addition, the ecological catastrophe in the lower coastal region through the exploitation of bauxite caused real popular uprisings three years ago. This disaster has not been resolved and the people of these regions are undergoing a trial. Guinea believes that the mines do not benefit them. A dimension that the junta cannot ignore.

At the moment we only see encouraging signs, so we hope to continue with peace of mind and we look forward to meeting with them to calm down.

Fadi Wazni, Chairman of the Board of SMB, the leading bauxite producer in Guinea

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