Robert Friedland shakes up his Guinea team
On 1 November, the American-Canadian mining tycoon Robert Friedland went ahead with the expected reshuffle of his management team for the project at mount Nimba in Guinea.
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.
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.
Having arrived in power after staging a coup against Alpha Condé, Mamady Doumbouya has now put the finishing touches to his government. But the mining portfolio, the most important in the country, has been divested of some its key prerogatives, ensuring that the junta leader remains in firm control of the engine room of the Guinean economy.