Gabon Industry

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The development of the industrial sector through the establishment of three special economic zones (SEZs) to diversify the economy and create jobs is one of the pillars of the Emerging Gabon strategy. The project is still in its early stages, with the development of the first such zone at Nkok ongoing, but the early signs are promising, with tax...

With the bulk of upstream activity having been focused on oil, Gabon’s gas reserves have been left largely untouched. This, however, is due to change in the coming years. Gas is a primary component of fertiliser production, and Gabon hopes to become a major fertiliser producer, with an eye to profiting from demand growth in sub-Saharan Africa....

What major improvements does the new Mining Code bring to foreign investors?

A new mining code for Gabon is expected to be promulgated in the near future, following its approval by President Ali Bongo Ondimba in February 2015. Under preparation since 2011, it has had a convoluted history, and may yet be further revised. The new code, which replaces the mining law of 2000, seeks not only to provide a clear and attractive...

Natural richesse in Gabon extends well beyond the country’s sizeable oil and gas reserves and fertile soil. Based on forecasts for production and processing of manganese, the mining sector’s primary output, along with gold, iron ore and poly-metallic deposits, the sector’s GDP contribution could grow from its current 6% to as much as 25% within...

What are the prospects for mining in Gabon?