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Working in Conakry

Conakry is Guinea's administrative, communications and economic center and much of the city's economic activity is centered on its busy port area. Despite its economy not being very developed, the city has some interesting opportunities for expats. Find out more in our expat guide!

Local Economy

The local economy in Conakry is based around the port area of the city, with the falling price of mining exports due to the global financial crisis having a knock-on impact across Guinea. Modern facilities are used at the port to store cargo, with alumina and bananas among the exports the country relies on. 

It is thought that the nation has a lot of potential to expand quickly economically as a result of its agricultural and fishing sectors, while there is also plenty of room to grow a large-scale irrigated farming and agroindustry in the country.

Guinea remains an underdeveloped nation, despite the fact it boasts rich natural resources, particularly bauxite, of which the nation has around a quarter of the world's total supply.  

Job Hunting in Conakry

Mining is one of the most dominant industries in Guinea and there may be opportunities in this area for those who want to work in Conakry and the surrounding area. One of the best resources for people who are interested in mining jobs in Guinea is InfoMine.

There are also a number of local job boards that are well worth checking out, with GuinéeJobs among the best of them. The listings are in French. 

Work Permits in Conakry

Securing a work permit for jobs in Conakry requires having a passport with at least six months remaining before its expiry date. 

A pair of visa application forms also need to be completed as part of the process, while a work permit will not be granted unless the applicant provides a copy of a World Health Certificate showing they have had a valid vaccination against Yellow Fever.

Furthermore, a business letter from the employer confirming they will be taking on the expat moving to Conakry as a new member of staff is needed for a work permit to be granted.

Saad Dessouki

"Getting in touch with other expats helped me cope with such difficulties as the sporadic power cuts in Conakry much faster..."

Verona Torres

"Was absolutely delighted to network with Conakry contacts to learn more about Guinean culture."

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