U.S. Guinea Relations
The U.S. maintained close relations with Guinea prior to the country's 2008 military coup d’etat, which the U.S. condemned. Following Guinea's presidential elections in 2010, the U.S. reestablished strong diplomatic relations with the government. U.S. policy seeks to encourage Guinea's democratic reforms, its positive contribution to regional stability, and sustainable economic and social development. The U.S. is committed to helping Guinea consolidate its democratic transition with the goal of fostering sustainable economic growth thereby. The U.S. also continues to support Guinea’s Security Sector Reform and Law and Justice Sector Reform, and assists Guinea to professionalize its military and security forces in an effort to promote democracy, rule of law, and respect for human rights.
U.S. Assistance to Guinea
The USAID Mission in Guinea supports efforts towards participatory governance in a healthier Guinea. Development programs focus on increasing the utilization of quality health services and strengthening democratic governance and economic processes. The United States Peace Corps works throughout the country in the secondary education, agro-forestry, and public health sectors. The Department of Defense and U.S. Africa Command continue to professionalize Guinea’s military and security forces through an array of security assistance programs.
Bilateral Economic Relations
In late 2011, the U.S. reinstated Guinea's African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefits. AGOA eligibility provides the potential for an increase in mutually beneficial trade and investment between Guinea and the United States. The U.S. and Guinea have signed an investment guarantee agreement offering political risk insurance to U.S. investors through the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.