All-powerful under Alpha Condé, the Turkish group Albayrak is continuing to hold its own under the junta despite some tensions. Several figures are keeping the dialogue going between Mamadi Doumbouya and the conglomerate, which has very close ties to the Turkish president.
Conakry does not recognise the terms of the contract signed between the former administration and the Turkish group in 2018. Through renegotiations, Mamadi Doumbouya hopes to put pressure on Ankara to obtain the return of Alpha Condé from exile.
Guinea's stalwart partner under Alpha Condé, Russia has striven to protect its interests since Col Mamadi Doumbouya came to power in a coup last year. But its diplomats and businessmen have suffered several setbacks and are very short of contacts within the new set-up.
The holding company of Turkish businessman Ahmet Calik, who is said to be close to President Erdogan, is trying to obtain permits in other countries on the continent, having entered the mining sector in Africa via the exploration activities of his company Lidya Madencilik in Guinea and DRC.
Turkey, the main partner of Omar al-Bashir's regime, lost its influence in Sudan when power fell into the hands of civilians in 2019. Despite Ankara not being as well connected to General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who took power on 25 October, as Egypt and the Emirates, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's regime nevertheless hopes that the breakdown of relations with Europe and the US will lead to a restoration of close ties with Khartoum.
The organisation's heads of state are meeting in Accra on 16 September over the situation in Guinea. Some members are pushing for a 6-month civilian-led transition fiercely opposed by the junta, which hopes to keep control over the transition.
Breaking news published on 05/09/21 at 7:40 p.m. - Less than 24 hours after the coup that ousted Alpha Conde, ECOWAS presidents started consulting with each other ahead of an extraordinary summit planned shortly to decide what stance to adopt on Guinea and whether or not to apply sanctions.
Lidya Madencilik, the Ahmet Calik-led company which set up in Guinea in late 2019 to explore the country's mining potential in partnership with the mines ministry, has given details of the areas it is most interested in developing.
Turkey's defence industry trade fair IDEF, the sector's major yearly event, held from 17 to 20 August in Istanbul, saw many African delegations roam the aisles of the Tüyap exhibition centre where models of aircraft, armoured vehicles, and above all drones, were on display.