After long years of armed conflicts in Liberia and Sierra Leone and half a century of military regimes and several coups d’état in Guinea, the three fledgeling democracies’ return to peace and stability is still relatively recent.
Sierra Leone and Liberia suffered from some of the bloodiest civil wars in Africa until early 2000’s, which resulted in over 200,000 casualties, more than 2.5 million people displaced and the destruction of the countries’ main infrastructures. In Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma, became president in 2007 and won a second mandate in 2012. In the neighbouring Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president, was elected in 2005 and then in 2011.
In the Republic of Guinea, the first democratic elections were held in 2010. Alpha Conde became president and was reelected for a second term in 2015.
Although a risk of protests and instability persists, the three republics have made significant progress to build stable, democratic states. In July 2016, the multinational peacekeeping force established in Liberia in 2003 was reduced. If they are now firmly on the path towards further consolidation of democracy, human indicators remain very low. The three nations still rank among the world’s poorest countries with significant challenges in terms of poverty, education and development. Next election are planned for 2017 in Sierra Leone and Liberia and 2020 in Guinea.
Diplômée de l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg et d'un Master en gestion du tourisme à l'IREST (Sorbonne). Après une première expérience en cabinet de conseil en hôtellerie, Béatrice Montagnier a travaillé en tant que consultante au sein d’un cabinet spécialisé en tourisme et loisirs pendant 5 ans. Elle e a conduit et participé à de nombreuses études de marché, de faisabilité, de stratégies territoriales et de retombées économiques. Elle a rejoint Horwath HTL en 2006 en tant que consultante senior puis directrice. Béatrice a développé une compétence spécifique pour les stratégies hôtelières, ainsi que les études de marché et de programmation hôtelière dans le cadre de projets urbains ou de resorts. Son expérience internationale inclut le Maghreb, le pourtour méditerranéen et plus spécifiquement l'Afrique Subsaharienne, sur laquelle elle travaille depuis 2008. En charge d’Horwath HTL Dakar (Sénégal) pendant 4 ans, elle est désormais basée à Yaoundé (Cameroun).English
Béatrice Montagnier graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) of Strasbourg and a Master in tourism management at La Sorbonne. She worked as a research manager for a hospitality consulting company before working as a consultant for a tourism & leisure consulting company for five years. During her career, Béatrice both conducted and participated in numerous feasibility, market, territorial strategy and economic impact studies. She joined Horwath HTL in 2006 as a senior consultant and then as director. Béatrice specialized in market and programming studies and hotel strategies, especially for urban or resort projects. Her international experience includes Maghreb, the Mediterranean region and more specifically Sub- Saharan Africa, where she has been working since 2008. In charge of Horwath HTL Dakar (Senegal) for 4 years, she is now based in Yaoundé (Cameroon).