31 Oct The opportunities of the Guinean soil and the restored order
At the beginning of July, after a month of negotiations between the leaders of the political parties of the opposition and the ruling political party, moderate and reinforced by the UN, EU, USA, France and the OAS an agreement was reached and signed about the political stability in the country, to hold legislative elections next September 24 2013. The High Representative of Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, Catherine Ashton, welcomed the signing of the agreement to organize elections in 2013 in Guinea and congratulated all parties for “their spirit of commitment that allowed to overcome the crisis in the country” and urged now to apply that “with the spirit of cooperation”.
The UN, the EU, France and USA, have collaborated with the people of Guinea that received two tons of medicine. Furthermore, 5.6 millions euros have been allocated to support the standardized development of the political transition in Guinea.
After the ethnic clashes unleashed in the south during the month of July, Alpha Condé, the country’s president issued a message of reassurance to the citizens and order was restored by the security forces. The perpetrators of the riots have been arrested of and brought to justice and peace is now restored. The different missions in the country UN, USA, EU, France, are committed in the reinforcement of the security and support the people of Guinea to hold free, transparent and peaceful elections in September.
These are regular outbreaks of violence anywhere in the world including China and its limited significance does not endanger the political stability of the country, which is now greatly enhanced by all international organizations, political parties and the armed forces country’s military and unconditionally supporting the current President of Guinea Alpha Conde, much loved by most Guineans and whom they respect as his father, with the nickname “the Professor”.
This agreement for political stability adds up to the fact that the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, has appointed the Spanish General Fernando Gutierrez Diaz de Otazu, until now head of the Mechanized Infantry Brigade “Extremadura XI”, as main advisor of the Pressideny Alpha Condé, on Security Sector Reform in Guinea Conakry.
The appointment of Brigadier General Diaz de Otazu is part of the United Nations Program for Development and structure of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA).
Several first class mining companies, such as the world famous Rio Tinto, Anglo Gold Asanthi Stellar Diamonds or the Chinese Chinalco are well established in Guinea Conakry and are signing more contract due to the mineral richness of the Guinean soil.
The Ambassador of Spain in the Guinea, Guillermo Ardizone, explains that the country is in a “key moment” of political and economic transition offering “future investment opportunities” for Spanish companies. A few weeks before an election that will shape the national parliament. Ardizone explained that the Guinean government is taking “clear steps” towards “a stable business environment”.
The Ambassador met the National Director of Debt and Aid of the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Guinea, Diallo Saoudatou Sow, who has indicated his country not only has “open arms” to the arrival of Spanish companies, but they can take advantage of “endless opportunities” arising from the recent exploitation of natural resources.
“Geologists tell us that Guinea is a geological wonder” stressed Diallo Sow in reference to potential mining and natural resources of their country, and explained that the government is trying to get all that potential repercussions “in improving infrastructure and in reducing poverty rates”.