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Title: GOG OFFICIAL CLAIMS REDUCTION IN SMUGGLING THROUGH PORT OF

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07CONAKRY12172007-11-07 07:44:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Conakry
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R 070744Z NOV 07
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UNCLAS CONAKRY 001217 
 
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E.O. 12598:  N/A 
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SUBJECT: GOG OFFICIAL CLAIMS REDUCTION IN SMUGGLING THROUGH PORT OF 
CONAKRY 
 
REF: STATE 148540 
 
¶1.  (U) SUMMARY.  The National Director of the Merchant Marine 
reported a reduction in smuggling through the port of Conakry due to 
improved internal procedures and a new container scanner.  END 
SUMMARY 
 
¶2.  (U) On November 1, Econoff met with the National Director from 
the Office of the Merchant Marine, Ministry of Transport, Cheick 
Mohamed Fofana. 
 
¶3.  (U) Mr. Fofana said that the Port of Conakry has recently 
implemented mandatory identification cards for all truck drivers and 
apprentices at the port.  He also confided that the container 
scanner, which was installed in May 2006, has reduced smuggling at 
the port because it is more difficult for smugglers to hide 
contraband.  Mr. Fofana said that no illicit drugs have been 
uncovered since the installation of the scanner, which he attributed 
to smugglers' increased fear of detection. 
 
¶4. (U) Highlighting future plans for the Port, M. Fofana stated that 
the Port needs to make large investments in order to expand 
operations, modernize its equipment, and improve security.  While he 
did not directly ask for U.S. funding for these improvements, his 
intent was clear.  He identified the mining sector as the driver for 
much of projected future demand for port services. 
 
¶5.  (U) The National Director noted several areas where further 
assistance from the U.S. would be helpful, namely, capacity 
building, surveillance boats, communications, and transportation. 
 
 
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