Guinea Conakry Trade Support is a European Company, located in The Netherlands. We have our office in Willemstad, The Netherlands, and an office in Conakry, Guinea, the centre of West Africa.
Our company was established in 2010 after a first visit to the country, after an invitation by President Alpha Conde. Over the years we have created a network in almost all sectors within the country.
Currently we are active in 3 main areas, agriculture, rentals for construction and mining companies and solar heating system. Besides these 3 areas of business we have our own consultants, who are able to join a business trip and arrange your meetings in Guinea Conakry. Please click on the button for more information or go to the ‘Contact us’ area to send us your questions about the possibilities in Guinea Conakry.
Our products which we supply are divided amongst these 3 areas of business. For the rentals for construction and mining companies we do not only rent out equipment, we also sell this equipment, which is at stock in our warehouse in Conakry. Besides the heavy equipment, we’re also able to supply cars and trucks. For more information you can find our current stock under the tab ‘heavy equipment’ and ‘Cars’.
For the agriculture projects, we are collecting and transporting raw cashew nuts for the European market and Asia. We’re always available to answer your questions or give quotations, based on your needs. In the ‘Contact us’ area, you can fill in your questions and we are happy to help you.
Our other area of interest is the supply of solar systems for warm water solutions. Specially in West Africa, the demand for electricity is at its maximum when people want to have hot water during the night time and in the morning. To not only avoid this demand to interfere in the constant supply of electricity, our solar water heating systems are introduced on the market. Besides this issue, on the long term it is a cost saving product for local people and companies.read more
The history of Guinea Conakry
The area of northern Guinea was under the control of successive African empires (Ghana, Mali and Songhay). European traders were
active since the 15th century along the coast, but did not settle in this area earlier as the late 17th century. In the 18th century there
was a kingdom called Genni along the banks of the Niger. France claimed the southern island of Tumbo and Guinea (Conakry now) in 1783 and 1885. The area was run from Dakar (Senegal) till 1891, in this year France declared Guinea as an autonomous colony of France. In 1958, a referendum was held in order to decide if Guinea would join a newly formed self-governing community, as French overseas territory. French Guinea was the only colony voted against such membership.
suspended. Ahmed Sekou Touré became the first president of the new Republic Guinea. The country was led by a socialistic regime in which no opposition was accepted.
The diplomatic relation between France and the Republic of Guinea were restored in 1976. In 1979 the Republic of Guinea became a people’s republic, Ahmed Sekou Touré declared he was willing to deal and cooperate with other countries. By violent oppression, Ahmed Sekou Touré ruled until 26 March 1984, when he died unexpectedly. By a quick coup d’état, Lansana Conté leader of the Comité Militaire de Redressement National (CMRN) became the new President.
Conte alleged economic and political changes, and started a democratization process. The CRMN was replaced by a transitional
party, the Comité Transitoire de Redressement National (CTRN). In 1991 the “Third Republic” was proclaimed, a new party led by Conte, the Parti de l’Unité et du Progrès (PUP) replaced the transnational party.
After the cold war, countries in Africa, including Guinea, continued the democratization process, several opposition parties were founded, including the Parti pour le Renouveau et le Progrès (PRP) and the Union pour la Nouvelle République (UNR). Demonstrators from all different parties clashed, the country was in chaos and there was no possibility to have elections. Up untill 1994, due to the riots in the Republic, no elections were held. Conte was inaugurated as the president of the Republic of Guinea.
The relationship between the government and the opposition did not improve. In 1995 parliamentary elections were held, the PUP had the majority of votes. Shortly thereafter, a newly formed opposition front including twelve opposition parties were represented in the Coordination de l’Opposition Démocratique (CODEM)
Four months later, the army started a revolt against Conte. The revolt culminated in a coup, but failed. In order to prevent a new revolt, Conte reorganized the army. In 1998 New presidential elections took place under tight security. Alpha Conde, the main rival of the president, was arrested. Due to his arrest, Conte won the elections with a significant amount of votes. The opposition was furious about the arrest of Alpha Conde and the outcome of the election, new riots started but did not result in any changes.
Conte remained in power while the democratization process stopped, Guinea did not succeed to become a democracy. The Constitution of the Third Republic stated that a person could only run for president twice. In 2002 at the end of Conte’s second term, Conte organized a fraudulent referendum to change the constitution in order to apply for the presidential elections of December 2003. His reelection was a foregone conclusion. The pressure on President Lansana Conte to resign increased. Thousands protested against the appointment of his confidant Lousana Kouyate as prime minister. In January 2008 demonstrations and strikes organized by the unions, forced the president to relinquish power to a prime minister. Despite all the effort, Conte did not surrender. In May 2008 Conte replaced Lansana Kouyate and declared Ahmed Tidiane Souaré as the new prime minister.
At the end of 2008 President Conté died, power passed into the hands of the military, led by Moussa Camara Dadis. He declared Cabin Komara as the new prime minister of the republic. In August 2009 Dadis Moussa Camara promised that elections will be held in 2010. In December 2009, Moussa Camara Dadis was shot by a former employee.
Dadis Moussa Camara survived the attack but decides to leave Guinea, and moves to Burkina Faso. In January 2010 he is replaced by Sekouba Konate. Jean-Marie Dore of the democratic opposition is the interim prime minister in order to achieve a transmission to a civilian government. On June 27, 2010, is the first presidential elections without any corruption. In the first round there is no candidate with sufficient votes to be declared as the winner.
After the earlier attempt in 1998, Alpha Conde was again one of the leading candidates for President of the Republic of Guinea. In
December 2010 it turned out Alpha Conde had the majority of votes. After 25 years of dictatorship, and military regime for 2 years,
Guinea finally had a democratically elected president, Professor Alpha Conde.
President Alpha Conde
Alpha Condé (born March 4, 1938) is a Guinean politician. The first time Alpha Condé stand for election was in 1998 on behalf of the
Opposition. He was arrested by the regime, resulting in an imprisonment of 2.5 years in horrible conditions. After his release,
Alpha Condé decided to stop politics and leave to Paris. In Paris he worked as a professor of political science at the University of Paris.
In 2010 Alpha Conde decided to run for president again, this time in the first democratic election since 1958. He returned to his homeland and started his campaign, which was completely focused on the people of Guinea and the reconstruction of the country. Alpha Conde promised to counter corruption and that the public will pay fair prices for basic needs. After 25 years of dictatorship and a military regimes, Alpha Conde was the first democratically elected president of Guinea in December 2010.
People of Guinea
Guinea’s 10 million people belong to twenty-four ethnic groups. The most prominent groups are the:
- The Fula (or Fulbe) with a percentage of 40%.
- The Mandinka (or Mandingo) in the Eastern part of Guinea, with a percentage of 30%
- And, the Susu (or Soussou) in the Western part of Guinea, with a percentage of 20%.
The official language is French, but all ethnic groups speak their own language.
Over 85% of the population is Muslim (Sunni), 10% are Christian (mainly Roman Catholic) and 5% are Animist (natural religions).
Guinea is one of the least developed countries in the world. The economy depends mainly on tropical agriculture, fishing and mining. Guinea is the world’s second country for bauxite production. Richly endowed with minerals, Guinea possesses over 25 billion tonnes (metric tons) of bauxite – and perhaps up to one-half of the world’s reserves. In addition, Guinea’s mineral wealth includes more than 4-billion tonnes of high-grade iron ore, significant diamond an gold deposits, and undetermined quantities of uranium.
Guinea, the Garden of West Africa.
Guinea is situated in West Africa to the Gulf of Guinea and borders the Atlantic Ocean, between Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone. Guinea borders continue to Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Mali and Senegal. The area
of Guinea is 245. 857 square kilometers. Guinea is about 7 times larger than the Netherlands. Guinea is divided into three landscape zones. Lower Guinea is an area comprising a low and intersected by many small
rivers, coastal plain with an average altitude of 1800 meters. The second area is called Moyenne Guinea and consists of the Fouta Djalo barren highlands with an altitude of 600 to 1500 meters. The third zone is Upper Guinea. This area consists of plains with savannah vegetation. Off the coast are also many smaller islands, including the Iles de Los.
The climate of Guinea is tropical, hot and wet. Guinea is one of the wettest countries in West Africa. From May to October is the rainy season. In Conakry, the capital of the country, there is an average of 4 meters of rain per year, in the centre of the country its less than2 meters. From December to February the harmattan winds blow in Guinea. This desert wind brings along sand with it and creates poor visibility. The eastern part of Guinea is covered with savannah vegetation, the jungles are threatened by agriculture. Furthermore the jungles are threatened by road construction and ping tree canopy. Typical vegetation: baobab, banana, ebony, mahogany, coconut, oil palm and teak. Furthermore the animals suffer from poaching. Animals occurring in Guinea include monkey, baboon, duiker, hyena, crocodile, hippopotamus, elephant and leopard.read more