High mountains and plateaus together with a temperate climate are the characteristics that earns Guinea the name “Switzerland of Africa”. To avoid any possible confusion with Guinea Bissau, its northern neighbor, it is often called ‘Guinea Conakry’, due to the fact Conakry is the name of its capital city.
Guinea borders the North Atlantic Ocean and Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The terrain of Guinea consists of mountains, coastal plains, savannah and plateaus and the main rivers of many West African countries have their sources here in Guinea.
Guinea achieved its independence on October 2, 1958 following its historic “no” to the French referendum which raised great expectation for freedom among African people. A military regime headed by Col. Lansana Conté took power in March 1984 after the demise of its first President Touré, who held his post for 26 years. President Sekou Toure was also the founding father of the African Union in 1963. Voters approved a new constitution in 1991 and despite the trappings of multiparty rule, the country has been ruled by Conté with an iron fist. In January and February 2007 anti-government demonstrators took to the streets demanding that Conté step down. The country was paralyzed additionally by a labor unions strike which ended in late February when President Conté named diplomat Lansana Kouyaté as the Prime Minister. Kouyaté was replaced in May 2008 by Ahmed Tidiane Souaré, a member of President Conté’s Party of Unity and Progress.
85% of Guinea’s population are Muslims and Christians make up 5%, and a few traditional believers. Guineans are notable for the tolerance they show for the religious and social customs of others. The population includes four main ethnic groups: the Peuhl from the mountainous Fouta Djallon region; the Malinke in the savanna region; the Soussou primarily living in the coastal areas; and indigenous ethnic groups including those inhabiting the Southeastern forest region. Guinea hosts many citizens from nearby African countries, including an estimated 550,000 refugees.
The official language for government, business and commerce is French and is widely spoken in Conakry and other urban areas. English is spoken primarily by the expatriate community and recent immigrants from neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Several national languages are used extensively in Guinea.
Guinea has struggled since 1984 to transform itself from a dictatorial one-party state with centralized finances into a free market democracy. Guinea has made progress in the restructuring of its budget and management and in addressing the issue of corruption. 80% of Guinea’s labour force is employed in agriculture where coffee is the largest export crop but also cotton, fruit, oil and nuts are important exports. The country’s most dynamic sector is the mining industry , being the main source of foreign exchange. Guinea has 30% of the world’s known reserves of bauxite and other abundant natural resources include diamonds, gold, and other metals.
Guineas forest region has an equatorial climate and a tropical climate with monsoon, harmattan and relief influence in the three other natural regions. Temperatures are usually high, with a 25 to 30°Caverage.
With its deep cultural roots, regional historic importance, and beautiful scenery – Guinea must be said to be one of the most diverse countries in West Africa.
Conakry is situated in the west of the country. It is located on a peninsula that juts out into the Atlantic ocean and which is connected to the rest of Guinea by a causeway on its the eastern side. Conakry has five main districts, Kaloum ( the city center ) Dixinn, Ratoma, Matam and Matoto.
Main expatriate destination cities:
Conakry is the largest city in Guinea and the main expatriate destination. Furthermore it is the country’s administrative, communication, and economic center. Here you find the Polytechnical Institute of Conakry, a teachers college, and vocational and military schools and it is also known for its botanical gardens.
Main foreign investors:
Guinea is considered an interesting option within West Africa for foreign investors and traders. Guinea’s economy is primarily based upon the mining industry , the country having more than one third of the world reserves of bauxite deposits makes it the world’s number two producer. Other important industries include iron ore, gold and diamond mining.
A free market economy is encouraged by the Guinean government that actively promote foreign investment and is implementing a program of privatization allowing foreigners to own up to 85% of mining ventures. Some important foreign trade partners are Canada, United States, France, Germany, Australia, EU and Japan. The country’s agricultural and industrial sectors offer the promise of further development.
The challenges for an expat could prove to be the daily reality with water shortages and unpredictable supply of electricity as power-cuts are common and supply sparse during daytime. Guinea’s telephone system is in serious need of upgrade.
As in neighboring countries , and as is common in many developing countries, corruption is rampant and is apparent from the moment a traveler arrives at Conakry’s airport and is asked for a small “present”.
Guinea does not pose any particular security threat beyond what is normal in underdeveloped countries, however during times of civil/military unrest foreigners should remain in close contact with their own countries embassy and follow all directives given.
Guineans are friendly, considerate and welcoming to outsiders. Their friendly manner is constantly expressed in that they will greet you over and over again. It is always advisable to ask before you take someone’s photograph and it is strictly forbidden to photograph military and transportation facilities, government buildings, or public offices, but with a permission it may be allowed. Generally photography and videotaping should be restricted to private gatherings.
Guineans do not expect women to conform to African or Islamic customs regarding dress however common sense and discretion should be exercised in dress and behavior and respect should always be shown towards religious and social traditions. The use of drugs and alcohol is prohibited.
Leisure activities and opportunities: Conakry is often the site of local artistic or theatrical performances, concerts by popular African musicians and cultural events sponsored by the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy or the French cultural center. A significant English-speaking expatriate population is present in Guinea and most socializing is private and informal.
Expats favor the islands and the waters off Conakry where nice beaches can be found and where there are deep-sea fishing opportunities.
Outside of Conakry, Guinea’s beautiful and varied landscape offers opportunities for hiking and the country has a varied tropical foliage, waterfalls and rivers and authentic Guinean village life. Conakry has International and African restaurants.
Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to HTLC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.
Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.
Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the HTLC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of HTLC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.
City by Zone Tour
The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.
International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.
Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.
Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.
Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. HTLC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.
Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.
Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.
Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.
Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, HTLC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental HTLC Network will advise local availability of this service.
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, HTLC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.
Ongoing Phone Support The HTLC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.
Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.
Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.
Immigration procedures and requirements vary greatly from country to country. Documents requested from applicants depend on the citizenship of the individual applying and the status he wishes to obtain in the destination country, be it authorisation to work, authorisation for accompanying family members, tourist or study visas, temporary or permanent residency status.
• HTLC Network has been selected by many International Law and Immigration Firms as well as Global Relocation Companies to represent them exclusively for immigration
• We work closely with the relevant governmental and police authorities in each country
• Our Immigration Team are experts in immigration laws and keep abreast of changing requirements and procedures
• We prepare all documentation for HR, all you have to do is print out and sign
• We inform the Transferee which specific documents are required , which translations must be obtained and if these must be legalised
• We provide HR and Transferees with information on the process flow, timing and specific legal requirements of each destination
• We update all parties involved regularly as to the status of the application
• Whenever possible, we act with a Power of Attorney on behalf of the company and the Transferee; when the Transferee’s presence is required, he will be accompanied to the relevant office in the destination city
• Our Local Counsellors, residents and locals of the destination city, are able to present the all prepared documentation to the relevant offices in person; thus speeding up the process and ensuring an efficient service
For more info about our immigration services in Guinea Conakry please contact our marketing department at: firstname.lastname@example.org
According to a legend, the name of Conakry comes from the fusion of the name “Cona”, a wine producer of the Baga people, and the word “nakiri”, which means in Sosso the other bank or side.
The five urban communes make up the Conakry Region, one of the eight Regions of Guinea, which is headed by a governor. At the second-tier prefect level, the city is designated as the Conakry Special Zone, though the prefecture and regional government are one and the same.
At two million inhabitants, it is far and away the largest city in Guinea, making up almost a quarter of the nation’s population and making it more than four times bigger than its nearest rival, Kankan.
Unfurnished properties will usually have nothing although they may have a built-in kitchen, in some cases built-in wardrobes and necessary electro domestics.
Semi-furnished properties will have kitchen furniture, beds, maybe table and chairs, a wardrobes plus electro domestics.
Fully furnished property will be fully equipped for living.
Some flexibility does exist but this depends on the Landlord in question, and any additional furnishings included in the property will lead to raise in rental fee.
This depends on the Relocation Package you have; HTLC Network Basic Package includes 8 properties and the Extended Package includes 15 properties. You will be told at the outset how many properties you will be shown or how much time you have available to do the house hunting. The properties provided will be as close to your ‘Needs Analysis’ description as possible according to what is available on the market at the time.
Once a property has been identified, negotiation takes place and a contract is drawn up. It is not common practice to make a pre-lease agreement.
Real estate fee: 1 month rent
Security deposit: 3 months rent
Contract registration: the tenant has to register the contract at Direction Nationale des Impost and pay 2% of the total rental amount.
First payment: usually of 3 months.
Utilities are charged according to consumption.In compounds, a service or condo charge will be added to rental fee to cover services such as generator, maintenance of common area, security etc.
Once a suitable property is identified, the lease contract is drawn up, negotiated and is signed by both parties. Payment is made.
Landlord is responsible for major maintenance and usually for all external maintenance. It will be specified in the lease contract what is the responsibility of the tenant.
Only with the approval of the landlord. The details must be negotiated and written down so that there are no misunderstandings. Normally, the landlord pays for the cost of these alterations, but he will credit you for these expenses.
It is not usually possible to include a break clause and it is not likely that any monies paid up front would be refunded should the tenant have to vacate early.
All Utilities are to be paid by the tenant according to consumption: Electricity, Water and additional services such as Internet, Satellite TV and landline telephone calls. Gas is available bottled only.
Yes, this is available.
Usually the properties have a landline already in the property. The landlord and tenant are to report to the relevant office to change the name of the telephone contract. The documents required from the tenant are: the photocopies of his passport or ID card , Residency Permit (or residence card) and a caution.
Bills arrive monthly to the property address and can be paid by bank transfer or by cheque made out to the supplier.
Usually the installation is immediate.
Foreigners require an International license, this can be used for 6 months and thereafter a local license must be obtained.
A foreign vehicle can be imported through customs. Foreign plates can be used for up to a month after arrival into the country.
A foreigner can purchase a vehicle provided he has valid immigration documents.
24 hour security is advisable – this generally must be sourced by the tennant General safety precautions should be taken.
General precautions such as not entering certain areas of the city and being aware not to make an open display of wealth due to petty theft and crime.
It’s mandatory to be vaccinated before your arrival to Guinea; malaria ,yellow fever and typhoid fever have high health risks for foreigners.
It’s mandatory to be vaccinated before your arrival to Guinea; malaria ,yellow fever and typhoid fever have high health risks for foreigners.
– Extensive rapidly growing client list.
– Exclusive partner/representative of many Global Relocation Service Providers.
– Exclusive representative of many International Law and Immigration Firms.
– Quality control guarantee: Head Office directs all relocations and immigrations in every destination.
– All staff required to attend on-going training sessions and workshops to keep updated as to global mobility needs.
– No language barriers – Assistance provided in all major European languages and many others.
– Corporate consultation with HTLC Netowork’s’ Representatives at location of choice.
– HTLC Network own ‘Resource Guides’ providing a wealth of everyday information for expatlife in destination city.
– Comprehensive FAQs for each country serviced.
– Red Alert List to prepare for the specific challenges of each destination.
– Extra ‘Safety’ section in Resource Guides for countries posing specific security threats.
– 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Transferees throughout the duration of the relocation.
– Complimentary 3-month Helpline.
HTLC Network will prepare all the necessary paperwork, email it to the Company and direct as to how the various documents are to be printed out and signed. We will send one of our Local Counsellors with Power of Attorney to act on behalf of the individual and company.
When the Transferee has to be present to apply for a document, he will be accompanied by our Local Counsellor.
During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.
Legally, yes, as long as it can be proved that the individual who signs the contract has the legal right to sign as a representative of the Company. Many landlords however, will not accept this as it is harder to take a foreign Company to court should there be any missing rent payments or problems. As landlord’s rarely accept a foreign Company signing the lease, it is usually signed by the local company that is VAT registered locally.
For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.
To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.
All Local Counsellors are really ‘local’ to the area where they assist Transferees. They are selected for their good knowledge of their city area.
All Local Counsellors are trained by HTLC Network to follow our set pattern of delivering services using an in-house ‘Training and Operations Manual’.
All Local Counsellors are closely directed by Office Coordinators, ensuring a consistent standard of service is delivered.
All relocations are handled by the same system of centralisation. When required, we arrange for a member of our office team to go to the location of a group move to be an in-house Coordinator, working from the Client Company’s premises as a point of reference for HR, Transferees and their families.
In main centres we have several Local Counsellors.
Area: 245,857 sq km
Time Zone: GMT+0
Capital city: Conakry
Bordering countries: Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone
Climate: generally hot and humid; monsoonal-type rainy season, from June to November, with southwesterly winds; dry season from December to May with northeasterly harmattan winds.
Legislative Branch: Unicameral People’s National Assembly
National Holiday: Independence Day,
2 October (1958)
Currency Guinean franc (GNF)
Religion: Muslim, Christian, indigenous beliefs
Languages: French (official);
note – each ethnic group has its own language
Ethnic groups: Peuhl, Malinke, Soussou, smaller ethnic groups