Infrastructure

Guinea’s infrastructure ranks almost the lowest, 147th out of 148 countries, in the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report (2013). The quality of roads, the quality of electricity supply and the ratio of fixed telephone lines are the second lowest (also 147th out of 148), while the quality of railroad and port infrastructure has some potential, which rank 114th and 119th respectively. In 2011, the road network currently covers 35,000 km, of which some 15 per cent are sealed. Poor road conditions hinder Guinea from developing its trade in goods and, in particular, attracting traffic from Mali and other landlocked countries, Moreover, Guinea has not exploited potential of hydroelectric power, despite its considerable amount of around 6,000 MW. In view of the low level of investment and the lack of maintenance of the existing infrastructure, the electricity supply is deficient, especially during the dry season, when there are frequent power cuts throughout Guinea. In 2012, the number of fixed telephone subscriptions was low as around 0.2 per 100 inhabitants. The supply of fixed telecommunications services is under the exclusive preserve of SOTELGUI, traditional operator, because there are no implementing texts for the new law, which ended SOTELGUI's monopoly on 23 December 2005.

Source: WTO, 2011, Trade Policy Review (Guinea)

Indicator Value Rank/148
Quality of overall infrastructure How would you assess general infrastructure (e.g., transport, telephony, and energy) in your country? [1 = extremely underdeveloped—among the worst in the world; 7 = extensive and efficient—among the best in the world] | 2012–13 weighted average. 2.12 137
Quality of roads How would you assess roads in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = extensive and efficient by international standards) | 2010, 2011. 1.91 137
Quality of railroad infrastructure How would you assess the railroad system in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = extensive and efficient by international standards) | 2010, 2011. 1.40 104
Quality of port infrastructure How would you assess port facilities in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = well-developed and efficient by international standards). For landlocked countries, this measures the ease of access to port facilities and inland waterways | 2010, 2011. 3.20 110
Quality of air transport infrastructure How would you assess passenger air transport infrastructure in your country? (1 = extremely underdeveloped; 7 = extensive and efficient by international standards) | 2010, 2011. 3.02 122
Individuals using Internet (%) Internet users are people with access to the worldwide network. 41.75 131
Mobile telephone subscriptions/100 pop According to the World Bank, mobile cellular telephone subscriptions are subscriptions to a public mobile telephone service using cellular technology, which provides access to switched telephone technology. Postpaid and prepaid subscriptions are included. This can also include analogue and digital cellular systems but should not include non-cellular systems. Subscribers to fixed wireless, public mobile data services, or radio paging services are not included. 1.49 134
Fixed broadband Internet subscriptions/100 pop: The International Telecommunication Union considers broadband to be any dedicated connection to the Internet of 256 kilobits per second or faster, in both directions. Broadband subscribers refers to the sum of DSL, cable modem and other broadband (for example, fiber optic, fixed wireless, apartment LANs, satellite connections) subscribers. 0.01 135