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In the early years of the 21st Century

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The World Factbook - Guinea

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 29 December 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

Successive governments have failed to address the country's crumbling infrastructure. Guinea suffers from chronic electricity shortages; poor roads, rail lines and bridges; and a lack of access to clean water - all of which continue to plague economic development. The present government, led by President Alpha CONDE, is working to create an environment to attract foreign investment and hopes to have greater participation from western countries and firms in Guinea's economic development.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $52,200 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 76%

industry: 24% (2006 est.)

services: --

Unemployment rate: 2.7% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 47% (2006 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 576 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 52.4 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 63.2 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 79.9% of population

Physicians density: 0.08 physicians/1,000 population (2016)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 53% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 33.5% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Guinea

[accessed 4 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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The World Bank in Guinea

[accessed 19 April 2021]

World Bank-supported projects in Guinea are focused in the areas of community development, rural infrastructure, education, transport, health, HIV/AIDS and more.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 4 February 2021]

Guinea has extensive mineral deposits, primarily bauxite, and hydroelectric resources, along with soils and climate favorable for producing a diverse array of food and export crops. The country has wide expanses of both natural and cultivated forests, and it has begun to exploit its potential as a producer of timber. Guinea is rich in fishery resoures, and has an as-yet untapped potential to increase industrial fishing. Still, Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the world.

... , the economy has been restrained by an underdeveloped infrastructure, including poor transportation and communications systems. High levels of debt, unemployment, and underemployment also hamper economic progress.   As of 2000, 80% of the population engaged in subsistence agriculture.

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