Guinea loses the tireless former minister, Ibrahima SOUMAH!

The giant of the Guinean administration and mining sector, Ibrahima SOUMAH passed away in the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 in Paris, from natural causes, after having long served the country as high-ranking civil servant and a major player in the mining sector on which he wrote two books: The Future of the Mining Industry in Guinea and The Mines of Guinea, respectively published in 2007 and 2010 by the publishing company Harmattan Paris, France.

Intellectual, writer and member of the Guinean Chamber of Mines.

Having a Bachelor's degree in science from the University of Lyon in France and a diploma in engineering physics from the National Insitute of Applied Sciences of Lyon in France, Mr. SOUMAH served for a long time the Guinean administration as a high-ranking civil servant before becoming minister of Mines and Geology in 2000, and minister of Technical and Vocational Training between 2003 and 2006.

Outstanding intellectual and hard-working, Mr. SOUMAH published another book in 2018, called "Afrique, un Continent en voie de Chinisation" (Africa, a Continent on the way to becoming chinese). He also created GIM, a consultancy that brings together great intellectuals who have served as high-ranking civil servants, such as Mr. Ahmed Tidiane SOUARÉ, former Guinean minister of Mines and Geology and former Prime minister.

The GIM consultancy is an affiliated member of the Guinean Chamer of Mines where Mr. SOUMAH used to sit as a board member.


According to information from his family, his mortal remains will be back from Paris on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. A symposium will be organized in his honor in his hometown, Coyah (about 50 Km away, in the East of Conakry) on Friday, Dec. 9. The symposium will be followed by his burial in the same town.

Guinea loses, with the passing away of Mr. SOUMAH, a great civil servant, an outstanding intellectual, a tireless server of the country and a role model citizen.

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