Gabon Industry Articles & Analysis

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Le plus grand producteur de manganèse du Gabon, la Compagnie Minière de l’Ogooué (Comilog) a inauguré en août la toute première usine de transformation du minerai du Gabon, ce qui constitue une avancée importante pour la politique économique du pays, qui vise à faire du Gabon non plus un simple exportateur de ressources naturelles brutes mais une économie reposant sur une industrie à valeur ajoutée.
Avec deux importants projets à l’horizon, le Gabon devrait enregistrer une hausse significative de ses recettes d’exportations minérales, ce qui contribuera à réduire la dépendance du gouvernement face aux ventes d’hydrocarbures.

The Emerging Gabon strategy is aiming to foster more exploration and production in the mining sector, as well as expansion of local downstream processing capacity. A new mining code under development over the past two years is expected to pass Parliament by the end of 2013 with no major surprises for mining firms, although, as in many other mineral-...

What steps are needed to increase the manufacturing sector’s participation in the economy?

Over the past few years, with commodity prices spiralling ever higher and minerals like gold reaching record levels, many host governments have felt that they were missing out on potential windfalls from their extractive industries – much needed in an era of global belt-tightening. Among conditions of economic uncertainty, the mining sector – on the...

The domestic industrial base is small, but with a concerted government strategy intended to leverage the country's sizeable natural endowments towards higher-value-added processing, there is growth potential. Existing capacity is focused in the areas of building materials, food, beverages and limited timber and manganese processing. Currently,...