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While Gabon has a well-established niche in the global mining market as the world’s second-largest manganese producer, its ambition to significantly expand exploration is generating strong interest from junior miners. Many of the majors, some of which are present in the country already, still consider the central African state essentially a...

Chapter | Mining & Industry from The Report: Gabon 2013

While Gabon has a well-established niche in the global mining market as a key manganese exporter, its ambition to significantly expand exploration is generating strong interest from junior miners. With mining accounting for 6.3% of GDP and 6% of exports in 2012, according to the African Development Bank, there is potential for growth. The implementation of a new mining code in late 2013 is set to...

Long viewed as a bastion of stability in the Central African region, thanks in part to large hydrocarbon revenues that have helped it maintain one of the highest levels of per capita income in the region, Gabon has been able to leverage its diplomatic clout throughout sub-Saharan Africa. 

Les richesses naturelles du Gabon ne se limitent pas au bois, au pétrole et aux minerais. Bien que l’industrie minière soit principalement centrée sur l’exploitation du manganèse, les travaux d’exploration de l’or et du fer devraient contribuer à diversifier le secteur.

Articles & Analysis | GOING TO SEED: from The Report: Gabon 2012

In 2011, total global exports of nitrogenous fertilisers reached a record value of $25.7bn, having grown by 60.6% in value between 2009 and 2011. The main exporter is Russia, which exported 11m tonnes of fertilisers in 2011. Urea is the most commonly used nitrogenous fertiliser, and in a context of a growing international demand for fertilisers, the...

Although Gabon possesses important mineral resources in its soil, the share of the mining sector in the GDP only amounted to 4.6% in 2011, compared to 4.5% in 2010. The government is anxious to increase this share, promoting the local processing of existing productions and attracting new mining firms to the country. It has also indicated a desire to...