Gabon Industry

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Apart from downstream commodity processing, industrial activity in Gabon is still at an early stage. The limited size of the local market and the high costs incurred by industrial activities have been historical obstacles to the industrial development of Gabon. Although the share of the industrial activity – excluding oil and mining – slipped to 7.7...

Chapter | Industry & Mining from The Report: Gabon 2012

Industrial activity in Gabon is still at an early stage, with the limited size of the local market and high costs of industrial activities posing major challenges to the development of the sector – indeed, industry accounted for just 7.7% of GDP in 2011. However, major strides have been made in recent years to promote investment and development in industry, including the Industrial Gabon...

Since 1953, when oil was first discovered near Port-Gentil, Gabon’s economy has been dominated by the petroleum industry. According to the BP “Statistical Review of World Energy 2012”, Gabon is the sixth-largest crude oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa and has the region’s fourth-largest proven reserves.

Le développement industriel est encore relativement modeste au Gabon, car, historiquement, l’économie s’est appuyée sur les revenus des exportations de ses abondantes ressources naturelles non-transformées, dont le bois et le pétrole, ainsi que les minerais tels que le manganèse et le fer. Cependant, même si les exportations d’hydrocarbures constituent toujours la principale source de revenu en devises étrangères, les réserves en pétrole du Gabon s’amenuisent.

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