Guinea Mines Symposium: RUSAL presents its contribution to the socio-economic improvement of Guinea

Under the motto “Optimization of the Mining Industry to Promote the Socio-Economic Development of Guinea”, the 7th edition of the Guinea Mines Symposium, which drew the curtain on November 17 and in which the RUSAL company was one of the sponsors, registered the attendance of more than 3,000 People: mining investors, sector professionals, bankers, insurers from all over the world and representatives of mining companies based in Guinea. Given the importance of the event, on Tuesday November 15, the President of Guinea’s Transition, Mamadi Doumbouya, surrounded by several members of the government, presided over the launch of the activities of itthis 7th edition of the symposium, one of the largest mining gatherings in the West African sub-region.

In his opening speech, the Minister of Mines and Geology also underlined the importance of this event for stakeholders in the mining sector. “The Mines Guinea Symposium is of paramount importance as it seeks to highlight not only the vast mining and geological potential of our dear country of Guinea, but also the reforms that have been made since the Committee National Assembly for Development (CNRD ) came to power. The Mines Guinea Symposium is known to be the largest mining event in the West African sub-region and the second largest in Africa as it brings together more than 3000 mining investors from around the world.said Mines and Geology Minister Moussa Magassouba. “Guinea has championed investment in its strategic mining policy, with a very attractive mining code which, in addition to tariff and tax benefits, provides exceptions for all companies not only in the operational phase but also in the development phase‘ Minister Magassouba said.

After the opening ceremony while visiting the booths, Transition President Mamadi Doumbouya welcomed the presence of the mining company RUSAL at the Guinea Mines Symposium. “I see RUSAL very well,itthey are friendssaid Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya. RUSAL has been operating in the Republic of Guinea since 2001 and is one of the largest foreign investors in this country. In Guinea, RUSAL owns the Compagnie des Bauxites de Kindia (CBK) and the Friguia bauxite and alumina complex. In addition, RUSAL continues to implement a project to exploit the world’s largest bauxite deposit, Dian-Dian, in the Boké region.

The three-day Guinea Mines Symposium enabled national and international experts to discuss the issues and problems of mining in Guinea and its impact on the country’s socio-economic development. It is a space for sharing experiences by leading high-level panels, B2B meetings, finding new investment opportunities and new projects.

To facilitate this exchange, the topics were moderated by panellists composed of well-known experts from the mining sector. Among the selected topics, the topic “Innovation – New Technology – Training” took a prominent place. This topic was moderated by 6 panellists including, among others, an Ivorian and Canadian expert in this field, the Director General of the Higher Institute of Mining and Geology of Boké and the Training Manager of RUSAL / COBAD. The moderator was Ms. Keita Aminata Deen Touré, Director General for Innovation, who was joined by the Minister for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, Dr. Diaka Sidibé, represented.

On the RUSAL side, to speak about this topic and the company’s contribution to the socio-economic development of Guinea, it was Ms. Galkina Anastasia, in charge of RUSAL / COBAD training, who conducted this exercise on behalf of the Director General of RUSAL in Guinea, Alexandre Larionov. She first reminded that RUSAL is one of the most important international investors in Guinea. And since the beginning of its activities in 2000, the Russian mining giant has made a significant contribution to the socio-economic development of Guinea through various activities in the regions of its presence. She points out that these activities affect several areas of national life and have a positive impact on the lives of Guinean citizens. Within this framework, the Research Center for Epidemiology, Microbiology and Medical Care (CREMS) was founded in Kindia.

On November 17, 2014, the administration of the company RUSAL decided to establish a research and medical care center in the Republic of Guinea in order to strengthen the measures to combat the Ebola epidemic. This center was built in record time on the site of the former Pasteur Institute in Kindia. RUSAL’s investments in the construction of the hospital amounted to more than 10 million USD. In the West African region, this center is unique in its kind, it was created in compliance with all the recommendations of humanitarian organizations and the training of national doctors specializing in epidemiologyGalkina Anastasia said, adding that this center has proven itself in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Guinea.

The speakers of the session “INNOVATION – NEW TECHNOLOGY – TRAINING”.

Taking the performance recorded by the CREMS, I have to say that the CREMS performed best during its activities during the Ebola epidemic. As for the percentage of recovery in infected patients in Guinea, 62.5% of patients were cured thanks to strict compliance with the rules of the epidemic hygiene regime, as well as good coordination of actions between the nursing services and those of diagnosis and laboratory . The center’s staff managed to avoid nosocomial infections. CREMS served as a framework for the internship of more than 100 Guinean doctors, who subsequently continued their work in other medical centers involved in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Guinea.‘ she recalled.

Still in connection with the fight against Ebola, Galkina Anastasia mentioned the choice of CREMS as the basis for testing the Russian vaccine “GamEvac-Combi”. On July 9, 2017, the vaccination campaign and post-registration studies of the Russian vaccine “GamEvac-Combi” were officially started at CREMS. The vaccine study lasted more than two years and was successfully completed in November 2019. For the first time, the immunogenicity and safety of the genetically modified vector combination vaccine GamEvac-Combi have been demonstrated in clinical studies. The vaccine was produced by a biotechnological process without using any pathogenic virus.

Experience in developing and testing a vaccine against Ebola enabled the development and production of Russia’s first coronavirus vaccine in record time since the beginning of the COVID-19 epidemic. The Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is based on the same platform used to develop the Ebola vaccine. It was developed by the same team of scientists from Gamaleya Institute that once worked to test GamEvak-Combi in Guinea.

Thus, Guinea made a significant contribution to the development of the Sputnik V vaccine, which is now recognized and used in more than 70 countries around the world. Finally, the rationale of its action (a vector vaccine without using any pathogen) based on CREMS was first extensively studied in Guinea.

But it’s not just health that worries the Russian mining giant. There is also the education sector, which he pays a lot of attention to and which benefits from his investments. The creation of the unique educational program “BOURSE RUSAL 2011” is a perfect example of this.

Under this program, 100 of the most talented representatives of Guinean youth aged 18-25 received free higher education at leading universities in Russia. All costs (training, flight tickets, accommodation etc.) for Guinean students are covered by RUSAL. This training program for Guinean students provides for the training of professionals in the mining sector, railways, economists as well as builders, agronomists and professionals in the fields of hydraulics, health and administration.

With regard to university studies, RUSAL offered internships to Guinean students in its local companies and at its headquarters in Moscow. Taking into account the results of their internships, some Guinean students were able to stay in Russia to continue working in Russian companies of RUSAL. The RUSAL companies in Guinea currently have 47 former scholarship holders from 2011 working as graduate technicians,” recalled the company representative at this mining symposium.

The RUSAL scholarship program continued in 2018, allowing the selection of a further 101 candidates from among the talented young Guineans currently studying in Russia. Guinean students successfully complete training programs in mining, railways, economics, construction and administration. The 2018 scholarship recipients are currently finishing their studies, many of them have completed internships at RUSAL companies in different regions of Russia this summer.

In addition, on May 26, mining giant RUSAL, which operates in Guinea, announced the launch of the training program for Guinean medical students, dubbed “RUSAL 2022 Scholarship.” Under this program, 50 young Guinean girls and boys will have the opportunity to complete free higher and secondary professional medical education at the Krasnoiarsk State Medical University (KrasSMU) and the Pharmaceutical College of KrasSMU. All expenses related to flight, accommodation, education of Guinean students and the payment of their scholarships are covered by RUSAL. The implementation of the RUSAL 2022 fellowship program will train highly qualified Guinean general practitioners, surgeons, cardiologists, as well as nurses and laboratory technicians. During the training, the students of the program benefit from an internship in the medical centers of the society. The best will be offered a job in RUSAL companies in Guinea after graduation.

It is the Prime Minister’s Head of Government, Dr. Bernard Goumou, chairing the closing ceremony of the 7th edition of the Guinea Mines Symposium in the presence of CNT President Dr. Dansa Kourouma and the Malian Minister for Mines, Energy and ‘Eau and some other distinguished guests.

dr In his closing speech, Bernard Goumou mentioned that this 7th edition of the Guinea Mines Symposium is an opportunity to exchange proposed solutions to the major challenges of the Guinean mining sector. On this occasion, Bernard Goumou recalled that this symposium was an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss issues related to the development of the sector.

“This 7thth2nd edition of the Mining Symposium was an opportunity to discuss and propose solutions to the major challenges facing Guinea’s mining sector. It is an important meeting for public and private dialogue in the Republic of Guinea. During numerous meetings and workshops, state and private actors exchanged ideas openly and directly about maintaining and strengthening the attractiveness of the Republic of Guinea as a preferred mining location for investors.”said the prime minister.

Let us recall that during the Council of Ministers leading up to the conclusion of the 7ththOn the 2nd edition of the Guinea Mining Symposium, the President of the Transition, Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, congratulated the Minister of Mines and Geology for the good organization and smooth running of the Guinea Mining Symposium.

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