Ibrahima Kassory Fofana (pictured below and right) has been the Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea since 21 May 2018. Prior to this, from February 2014, he was the State Minister for Investment and Public-Private Partnerships.
Fofana has more than 30 years' experience in financial advisory and project management. He is regarded as an expert in economic policy and was Minister of Economy and Finance (1997 to 2000), as well as, previously, Budget Minister (1994-1996). He was able to successfully carry out a structural adjustment programme with the IMF and the World Bank.
Before his ministerial positions, he had held several senior public offices, including being General Administrator of the office in charge of major national projects (1994 to 1996), Director for Public Investments (1990 to 1994), and Director of International Cooperation (1987 to 1991).
Fofana was also Guinea's Governor at the African Development Bank and the World Bank. He was chairman of the boards of SEEG (the national water company), ENELGUI (the state-owned electricity company), and SOTELGUI (the state-owned telecoms enterprise). He was also the administrator of CBG (the national mining company), and SOGUIPAH (the national company for palm oil).
Prime Minister Fofana holds a doctorate in development finance and banking from the American University (USA), and a graduate degree from the University of Conakry (Guinea). He is also a graduate of the Center for Economic and Financial Studies (Paris, France).
In May this year, you were appointed Prime Minister by President Alpha Conde in a major Cabinet reshuffle. What were the reasons for the reshuffle?
The country was going through severe economic, political and social challenges. I used to have my own political party, Guinea for All (GPT) but we decided to team up with the government of President Alpha Conde.
He wanted me to help resolve the economic crisis based on my previous experience and also, politically, to prepare the party for the upcoming elections (in 2020). Socially, he wants me to work on a better redistribution of the national income.
What are your responsibilities as Prime Minister and what are your priorities, both immediate as well as long-term?
My main responsibility is to lead government policy and coordinate the cabinet. My priorities include ensuring that the World Bank and IMF programmes we have agreed on are carried out properly.
It is also a priority to try and ensure that the economic growth in...