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Banker Kabine Komara becomes new Guinean PM

Latest update : 2008-12-31

The National Council for Democracy and Development of Guinea, which seized power after the death of President Lansana Conte last week, has appointed banker Kabine Komara as the new civilian prime minister.

AFP - Banker Kabine Komara, who was named prime minister by the military junta which seized power in Guinea last week, is an accomplished technocrat but a newcomer on the country's political scene.

Komara was working in Cairo as a senior director of the African Export-Import Bank when the announcement came.

Noted for his competence and background knowledge Komara graduated from the elite academy Ecole superieure d'administration in Conakry, got degrees from the University of Colorado in the United States and the American University in Cairo and holds an MBA from the Ecole superieure de commerce at Rennes, France.

Born in 1950 Komara started his career in the 1970s working for Guinea's central bank under Ahmed Sekou Toure (1958-1984), Guinea's leader turned dictator.

In 1975 Komara crossed over to work in the private sector when he took a job at the Friguia company which produces aluminium in Fria near Conakry. Guinea is a leading bauxite exporter, a mineral used to make aluminium.

After a two-year stint working as the deputy director of the personnel department of the Guinean Bauxite company CBG he returned to work for the government in 1986 at the planning ministry following the 1984 coup by the late president Lansana Conte.

In the 1990s he continued to work for the finance and planning ministry in Guinea serving as a liaison between the government and the African Development Bank.

In 1995 Komara left Guinea to take a job at the African Export-Import Bank based in Cairo. The Afrimexbank was created to stimulate inter-African trade.

As prime minister of Guinea the former banker has his work cut out for him.

Despite the country's vast mineral wealth more than half of the population live below the poverty line, corruption is widespread and social tensions boil beneath the surface.

Date created : 2008-12-30