France: Three questions to Mr Mohamed SYLLA, lawyer in Labor Law and specialist in Organization Management

Hibapress / Comments collected by Hassan Zerrari

Concerning the current situation in the Republic of Guinea, our daily met Mr Mohamed SYLLA Franco-Guinean resident in Strasbourg. Mr. SYLLA is a Lawyer in Labor Law and a specialist in Organization Management. He is also a judge at the Industrial Tribunal of Schiltigheim in France.

Question: What is your position on the current situation in Guinea which is entering its third year of transition?
Answer: “Think and act by ourselves and for ourselves”, I often repeat this quote from one of the greatest African poets when I think of my country and ask myself what it would be possible for me to do if I had the means.
Education and training are the basis of great nations, and yet…
In Guinea the management of public affairs has always been a scandal. Between sinister characters who take advantage of their time in public affairs to enrich themselves or those who give so little importance to the collective interest of the country, the notion of homeland is almost non-existent both in internal and extraterritorial relations.
Since independence in 1958, Guinea’s interests have not been sufficiently defended and regulated in the various bilateral contracts relating to the exploitation of natural resources. Compared to other countries, the management of Guinean soil has been a total failure since independence despite the succession of several regimes and governments.
For example, Botswana, the world’s second largest diamond reserve, has taken advantage of this situation to support economic, human and sustainable growth. It is today considered a middle-income country because of its good governance and prudent management of this wealth…
I had already mentioned it in 2021 when the CNRD came to power in an article entitled “What transition for Guinea? » cf (, The success of the transition will require, among other things, rigor and a sense of responsibility in management public affairs in order to lay the foundations for a better Guinea.
Q: After two years of transition, has the Guinean Government been up to the task? the ambitions of the National Committee for the Rally for Development (CNRD) in particular the speech of September 5, 2021 by General Mamady DOUMBOUYAH, President of the transition?
A: The dissolution of the current government on February 19, accompanied by strong measures, easily answers the question asked.
Q: In your opinion, Mr. Sylla, what are your recommendations for the success of the transition in Guinea?
A: To succeed in this transition, another vision is possible. Guinea is able to commit even more to the development of Africa’s wealth. Our country is a fertile country and yet we import!
Our country is rich and we are able, like any nation, to show our know-how and to have valuable commercial exchanges.
It is clear that in certain areas we are dependent on foreigners and that we do not have educational sectors capable of satisfying our essential needs. In fact we need local skills that only we can provide and that only our youth will be able to ensure.
Moreover, we must note the shortcomings in three areas which appear to be essential for strengthening the Guinea of ​​tomorrow, namely the IT sectors, agriculture and the building and road trades (public works).
Challenges such as food security, urban development and access to information technology are important. The training of specialists in these fields makes it possible to better respond to these local challenges.
The IT, agriculture and construction and roads (Public Works) sectors are essential to the economic development of the region. By training local professionals, we respond to the specific needs of the labor market and reduce dependence on foreign experts.
By training workers in key areas, West African countries can strengthen their economic autonomy and reduce their dependence on imported goods and services. Training pathways can encourage innovation and creativity in these sectors. Locally trained professionals can bring new ideas and solutions tailored to the specific needs of the region.
The training of specialists and the establishment of training courses in these areas contributes to the creation of local jobs. It also helps reduce unemployment by providing employment opportunities to young graduates and skilled workers. It also makes it possible to create a skills center in sub-Saharan Africa.
It is also a tremendous step forward in the field of ecology because training professionals in the agricultural and construction sectors using sustainable practices can contribute to the preservation of the environment and the responsible management of natural resources. I am convinced that the priority is in the training of our youth for everything that makes a nation say that it is great. Not everything can be done with the wave of a magic wand. I would therefore initially propose for Guinea the creation of three major training centers in the areas I have just spoken about:
1- IT field: In basic areas and data management, why not a Guinean Silicon Valley?
2- Agricultural Domain: With training in the sustainable management of professions to make Guinea a model in the field;
3- Fields of Essential Trades: Building field in the necessary essential parts.
In fact, the main thing is to look for the best nearby or in the world.
It is in this context that in 2021, I recommended the establishment of a policy promoting youth employment, notably the concept “One region, 100 youth projects” and making it a model in the sub-region. like France, which experimented with the concept “One young person, one solution” with excellent results. This concept was initiated by President Emmanuel MACRON.(, For IT certain countries have agreements with other institutes in North Africa, particularly with Morocco, which is currently a credible and sincere partner and it would be possible to create a bachelor’s degree with the best of our computer scientists.
For the agricultural part, being in the East of France and working alongside numerous agricultural companies and even agricultural unions, I happened to meet managers of large groups who had to completely reorganize systems that were losing their capacity. speed. Better, it is today possible to operate a symbiosis between the French system and that of South-East Asia in terms of agricultural development, of which “The agricultural prospects there are generally positive, but they could still be improved through coherent policies and strategic investments, particularly in rural infrastructure…” (OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026).
For the building trades part, we have in France in general and in Strasbourg in particular centers of excellence in this area (plumbing, electricity, carpentry, road maintenance, etc.) which are the companions of duty and we could also take an example.
In short, the main thing is to have the ideas, to mobilize internal resources and the address book.

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