With Moussa Magassouba's departure from the department now a certainty, the head of state and the prime minister are working to find a replacement. But they intend to continue to oversee the massive Simandou iron project in-person.
In the ongoing negotiations over the Simandou iron ore project, Conakry is primarily focused on infrastructure for the mine. One company developing the deposit, Rio Tinto, is however pushing to make progress on other fronts.
Moussa Magassouba, appointed head of the Guinean Ministry of Mines and Geology after the September 2021 coup, coordinates the beating heart of Guinean economy. However, he has been subject to frequent criticism from both civil society organisations and members of the government.
Bellzone's liquidators are seeking buyers for the company's Guinean iron ore project Kalia, which has been sitting idle for years.
The Conakry authorities' order to the Simandou operators to suspend all activity on the ground until the details of the project's progress have been clarified comes as Rio Tinto is in the process of recruiting and conducting studies on the Guinean iron ore project.
Guinean president Mamady Doumbouya has ordered a review of the rail and port infrastructure plans associated with the Simandou iron ore project, thereby delaying the start of the railway's construction. Liberia is also taking another look at plans for ArcelorMittal's rail line to transport ore through its territory.