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As is the case in many African countries, Gabon depends heavily on imports for the supply of food staples and other basic products; this is in large part due its over-reliance on the oil and gas sector. Over the years, logistical costs have remained structurally high due to a lack of infrastructure and a persistence of administrative and...

 

How has shipping activity in Africa developed over the past five years?

 

As part of Gabon’s economic growth strategy, the authorities have been looking to accelerate the development of transport infrastructure in recent years as a means to improve national logistics competitiveness and boost development in remote areas of the country. For this reason, public spending on transportation has averaged CFA780bn (€1.2bn...

 

While oil has been the driving engine behind Gabon’s economy since independence, the country’s other underground resources have in many ways been equally prominent. The mining sector has traditionally been a major currency earner for Gabon. The country is the world’s fourth-largest producer of manganese, with reserves of 150m tonnes and...

 

With a new urgency in the wake of falling oil prices, Gabon is in the midst of a significant overhaul of its transport infrastructure, rolling out a series of new projects to accelerate diversification efforts. Several of the investments – which include a new port and road upgrades – are scheduled for completion by the end of 2016. When...

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