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Employees and members per sector
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Research overview

Responding to challenges and existing knowledge gaps facing the cooperative movement, this mapping research seeks to provide exhaustive information on cooperatives around the world.

This is achieved through a process jointly conducted by the ICA and its four regional offices – Cooperatives of the Americas, Cooperatives Europe, ICA Africa, and ICA Asia-Pacific – using a common methodology, designed with the support of external experts from the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse).

Each office collected the input of ICA members present in the countries within its geographic area, by using a common questionnaire, and completing it with relevant national statistics, in order to obtain a picture of the national situation. As a result, the data above is collected following two strategies: 1) a survey targeting ICA cooperative members 2) collecting national statistics already available in the country. The numbers above provide aggregated data from ICA members on the number of cooperatives, as well as the number of cooperative employees and memberships in the country. More methodological information is available in the full report.

Mapping out cooperatives in each country provides a more precise picture of the cooperative context at national and regional levels, enhances the movement's visibility, networking, partnerships opportunities, as well as advocacy, and empowers cooperators by providing tools for positive change.

This webpage presents a snapshot of the research results for Guinea. For more information and the full research results, you can download the highlights and the report by clicking on the links above.


Guinea counts one ICA member organization; Federation de Co-operatives d'approvisionnement et de l'alimentation generale (FECAAG)

FECAAG is a federation of co-operatives of procurement and general food supply. They are the first consumer co-operative federation in Guinea. Their objective is to provide to their members consumer goods which they get by wholesale purchase, by importation, by manufacturing or by production. They also offer a lot of goods and service delivery. FECAAG represents 16 cooperatives with a membership of 3,369

To date, no reliable statistical data is available to know the exact number of cooperatives and similar organizations, nor that of their members. It is estimated that there are more than 3,500 cooperatives in the files of the SACCO regulatory body, with an estimated membership of 24,500.

Legal framework

Legal framework

The legal framework analysis aims to provide general knowledge of the national cooperative legislation and of its main characteristics and contents, with particular regard to those aspects of regulation regarding the identity of cooperatives and its distinction from other types of business organisations, notably the for-profit shareholder corporation.

It aims to evaluate whether the national legislation in place supports or hampers the development of cooperatives, and is therefore “cooperative friendly” or not, and the degree to which it may be considered so, also in comparison to the legislation in force in other countries of the ICA region, or at the supranational level.

In addition, the research aims to provide recommendations for eventual renewal of the legal frameworks in place in order to understand what changes in the current legislation would be necessary to improve its degree of “cooperative friendliness”, which is to say, to make the legislation more favourable to cooperatives, also in consideration of their specific identity. This webpage presents a snapshot of the legal framework analysis results for Guinea.

The increased establishment of cooperatives in Guinea can be attributed to the law N°12/AN/CB/64 of January 9, 1964 on the general statute of cooperatives.

Main regulations

This table displays a selection of cooperative regulations identified by experts and ICA members. For the full analysis including all relevant regulations, see the full report


Brief Description

Decree N°218/PRG/1960, of August 09, 1960

Gave rise to the promulgation of the standard statutes of agricultural production cooperatives (CAP)

Law N°12/AN/CB/64, of January 09, 1964

Promulgated in order to be able to implant a cooperative movement

Ordinance 005/PRG/SGG/88 of February 10, 1988

On the general status of cooperative and pre-cooperative organizations in the Republic of Guinea

Law L/2005/014 of July 14, 2005

Governing economic groups of a cooperative nature, mutual societies of a non-financial nature and cooperatives

Cooperative friendliness

Conviviality can be appreciated at the level of implementation of the principle of cooperation between cooperatives. The cooperation between cooperative structures can be appreciated at the level of the groupings that the law has provided for.

In addition, no legal obstacles or barriers in Guinea, including tax law, public procurement law. In accordance with Article 3 of Law L014/2005 of July 14, 2005; organizations governed by this law enjoy the protection of public authorities, tax benefits and other privileges. There are no particular legal provisions that damage the cooperatives or hinder their development.

Key recommendations for improvement 

(i) it is necessary to have a mixed management of the administration executives and the executives of the cooperative structures, to answer the needs related to the cooperative movements; (ii) The training of leaders and members of cooperatives, on the values and cooperative principles of the ICA, monitoring and evaluation (iii) The popularization of the OHADA uniform act, relating to the law of cooperative societies.


The autonomy and independence of the cooperative movement should be maintained. In addition, the State must take into account the national, regional and international character by instituting national and international festival of the cooperative movement e.g., the international day of the cooperatives.

The legal frameworks analysis is a tool developed under the ICA-EU Partnership #coops4dev. It is an overview of the national legal frameworks at the time of writing. The views expressed within are not necessarily those of the ICA, nor does a reference to any specific content constitute an explicit endorsement or recommendation by the ICA. 

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