CONAKRY, Guinea — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in the
West African nation of Guinea this week advising the government on how
to best negotiate with mining companies as part of his Africa Governance
In comments to reporters on Monday, Blair said his team is helping
the government of Guinea access the expertise it needs to negotiate with
big mining corporations.
Blair also said that he discussed the
issue of Guinea’s legislative elections with President Alpha Conde, who
became the country’s first democratically elected leader in 2010. The
presidential race was marred by violence and the legislative elections
have yet to be held.
Blair says he believes Conde is sincere in
his desire to hold the legislative vote “as soon as possible.” The goal,
he says, is to hold them before the end of the year.