Employers in the Republic of Guinea that seek to hire non-Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) workers must comply with a localization plan requirement. Employers who already employ non-ECOWAS foreign workers have 90 days to provide their Africanization plan.
Key requirements of each Africanization plan include the following:
• The employer must provide an outline of its plans to train Guinean executives;
• The plan must include an authorization from the public employment service and the Guinean Agency Promoting Employment (AGUIPE); and
• The implementation time must not exceed two years for supervisors and four years for higher positions.
What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
Employers should be prepared to submit Africanization plans with new work permit applications, and should contact their immigration professional to prepare plans for their current workers.
The review of the Africanization plan may delay work permit approvals.