Africa Mining: Guinea retains mining minister in Cabinet reshuffle

President of Guinea, Alpha Conde
President of Guinea, Alpha Conde

Guinea Conakry President Alpha Conde appointed a new 33-member Cabinet in which Abdoulaye Magassouba was retained as mines and geology minister, according to a decree read on the West African country’s state-owned broadcaster on Saturday.

Mamady Camara, who was Guinea’s ambassador to South Africa, was named as the economy and finance minister for the country, which is a major producer of bauxite, aluminum and iron-ore, said Radio Television Guineenne.

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Among other key appointments, Ismael Dioubate, formerly director of exchanges at the country’s central bank, was named budget minister. Gabriel Curtis was selected as minister of investments and public-private partnerships, according to the decree read on RTG.

Diakaridia Koulibaly, who was director-general of the National Office of Petroleum, will join the cabinet as minister in charge of hydrocarbons.

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Two members of Guinea’s opposition were appointed to the cabinet in a sign of goodwill two years before planned presidential elections in 2020.

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