More information about Guinea is available on the Guinea Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
The United States 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 United States 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 United States supported free, fair, peaceful, and inclusive legislative elections in 2013 and a second presidential election in 2015, marking positive advances in Guinea’s democratic development. The U.S. also played a key role in Guinea’s fight against the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic and is now engaged in preventing and combating future epidemics in the country. The United States is committed to helping Guinea consolidate its democratic transition with the goal of fostering sustainable economic growth thereby. The United States 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 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Guinea supports increased utilization of quality health services and strengthened democratic governance. USAID carries out development activities in support of the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Health Security Initiative designed to strengthen the health system and improve health outcomes for Guineans. Democracy and governance programs focus on promoting local ownership and citizen participation in the growth and development of Guinea. USAID assists the Government of Guinea with targeted investments in agriculture, biodiversity, environment and private sector engagement on their journey to self-reliance. Through Power Africa, the U.S. government provides support to Guinea to accelerate access to modern energy services for Guinea’s growing population.
The United States Peace Corps works throughout the country in the secondary education, agro-forestry, and public health sectors. Examples of recent initiatives include malaria prevention, youth development, and food security.
The Department of Defense, through U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), continues to professionalize Guinea’s military and security forces through an array of security assistance programs such as: International Military Education and Training (IMET) and English language training. The Office of Security Cooperation manages Global Peacekeeping Operations Initiative (GPOI) programs, aimed at training and equipping the Guinean Battalion participating in the United Nations Multi-Dimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). DoD also supports the Guinean Armed Forces in the domain of counterterrorism, maritime security, HIV/AIDS Prevention and treatment, and fighting infectious diseases through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).
Bilateral Economic Relations
In late 2011, the United States reinstated Guinea’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefits. The reinstatement followed a review by the U.S. government to examine whether the country had made “continual progress” in meeting AGOA’s eligibility criteria. Those criteria include establishment of a market-based economy, rule of law, economic policies to reduce poverty, protection of internationally recognized worker rights, and efforts to combat corruption. Progress in the political sphere was an important additional factor. AGOA eligibility provides the potential for an increase in mutually beneficial trade and investment between Guinea and the United States.
The United States and Guinea seek to expand current financing agreements through new services and products from the Development Finance Corporation formerly OPIC. Guinea is a major trading partner with the U.S. especially in the bauxite and iron ore mining sectors.
Guinea’s Membership in International Organizations
Guinea has been active in efforts toward regional integration and cooperation. Guinea and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization.
The Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Conakry is Chargé d’affaires a.i. Audu Besmer ; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Guinea maintains an embassy in the United States at 2112 Leroy Place, NW, Washington, DC 20008 (tel. 202-986-4300).
More information about Guinea is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
CIA World Factbook Guinea Page
USAID Guinea Page
History of U.S. Relations With Guinea
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page