Early life and career
Camara was born in Nzérékoré and received his primary education in Guinea before going to Senegal for school from 1957 to 1959; he then returned to Guinea to continue his education in Conakry. In the early 1970s he was General Coordinator of the Sonfonia furniture factory, responsible to the Ministry of Industry and Energy. He was then placed in charge of financial coordination of industry and energy, and from 1973 to 1974 he was Deputy Director of Industry and Energy. He became an intern at the International Center for Public Enterprises in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, in 1974; when he returned to Guinea, he became Director of the Plan and Statistics of the Ministry of Industry and Energy in 1977, and from 1977 to 1984 he was Financial Director of the projects of the Ministry of Industry.
From 1983 to 1985, Camara was President of the Technical Committee of the Board of Salguidia, a company. He was confirmed as Secretary General of the Ministry of Industrial Development in 1985. In 1991, he was appointed as a member of the Transitional Committee for National Reform by President Lansana Conté. From 1992 to 1994 he was Governor of the Administrative Region of Guinée Forestière, and from 1994 to 1997 he was Governor of the Administrative Region of Kindia.
Camara was appointed as Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research on 17 November 1997, serving in that position until he was named Minister of the Plan on 1 March 2004. He was moved from the latter position to that of Minister of State for Presidential Affairs on 19 January 2007, replacing Fodé Bangoura.