Despite its vast natural and mineral resources, Guinea remains one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2010 Professor Alpha Condé, a lifelong democratic activist, was elected President. This first step towards democracy was hailed by the Guinean people as an opportunity for the country to reverse its fortunes. But as President Condé put it himself “I inherited a country but I did not inherit a state”.
Since AGI started to work in Guinea in 2011, the overall goal has been to support the President to deliver the priority public infrastructures projects and implement the policies needed to set his country on track to achieve economic growth and reduce poverty. AGI continues to work with the Centre of Government and in the Major Project Delivery Unit, to help support the delivery of these presidential priorities.
This has included supporting the delivery of several key projects, including the construction of Kaleta dam which will double energy capacity in Guinea, the placement of 9,000 solar powered street lights nationwide, and the establishment of the ‘Blue Zone’ youth centre in Conakry. More recently, we have made an important contribution to supporting better coordination during the Ebola response and helping to foster cross-border surveillance.