Published on 12 April 2012

Conde and Ouattara put stamp on mining

Conde and Ouattara put stamp on mining

Guinea and Ivory Coast's presidents Alpha Conde and Alassane Ouattara have become heavily involved in their countries' mining industries and diminished the roles of their respective ministers for mining. Whether this is a transitory measure or something longer term remains to be seen. What is clear is that the power shift in mining in Guinea has led to some major changes in the way the industry is conducted, and similar changes are on the cards in Ivory Coast. It has therefore become more important than ever to understand who is pulling the strings in these two strategic West African countries.

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