Business in Gabon

EENI- School of International Business

Subject Subject (Course): International Trade and Doing Business in Gabon. Libreville.


  1. Introduction to the Gabonese Republic (Central Africa).
  2. Business in Libreville
  3. Gabonese economy
  4. The industry sector in Gabon (Mining, Energy)
  5. The service sector in Gabon (Transport and telecommunications)
  6. “Green Gabon” (Agriculture and timber industry)
  7. International Trade of Gabon
  8. Ports of Gabon: Libreville and Port Gentil
  9. Business and Investment Opportunities in Gabon
      - Telecommunications and Information and communication technologies (ICT)
      - Agriculture
      - Infrastructures
      - Natural resources
      - Energy
      - Housing
      - Tourism and ecotourism
  10. Case Study (*):
    - Zain Gabon.
    - Sigall
    - Import Prix.
    - Komo.
  11. Introduction to French
  12. Access to the Gabonese market
  13. Business Plan for Gabon

(*) Only available in French.

Purposes of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Gabonese Republic”:

  1. To analyse the Gabonese economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate business opportunities in the Gabonese Republic
  3. To explore Gabon's trade relations with the student's country
  4. To know Gabon's Free Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of Gabonese companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Gabonese market


Subject “Doing Business in Gabon” is studied...
  1. Doctorate in Business in Africa (e-learning)
  2. Course: Central Africa
  3. Masters: International Business and Africa

Course learning materials in English of French Gabon Portuguese Gabao Spanish Gabón.

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Gabon”: 1 ECTS Credits / 0.5 AC Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Sample of the subject - Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Gabonese Republic:
Doing Business in Gabon

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Description Subject Description (Doing Business in the Gabonese Republic).

The Gabonese Republic:

Gabon: strategic position in Central Africa.

The Gabonese economy: Petroleum, timber, and manganese.

  1. The position of Gabon (Atlantic Coast, bordering the economies of Central Africa) allows him to become a truly international platform, a strategic point for access to the Central African markets.
  2. Political system: Democratic Republic
  3. Borders of Gabon: Cameroon, Congo, and Equatorial Guinea
  4. Gabon is an upper-middle-income country
  5. Capital: Libreville (500,000 people, 33% of Gabonese population).
  6. Other cities: Port-Gentil (100,000), Franceville (100,000), Oyem
  7. Gabonese population: 1.6 millions of people
  8. The official language of Gabon: French
  9. Population growth: 2.4%
  10. Life expectancy: 63 years
  11. Literacy rate: 84%
  12. Gabonese Currency: Central African CFA

Religion in Gabon: Christianity (Catholicism 75%).

Gabon belongs to the Central African Economic Area of the African Civilisation.

Gabonese economy:

  1. The Economic welfare of Gabon (Africa), its geographical position, political stability, and social guarantees have already promoted many foreign investors to locate in Gabon.
  2. The growth of non-Petroleum sector was robust, driven by rising commodity prices.
  3. Gabonese economy has slowed because of the impact of the global crisis on the three leading sectors of the Gabonese economy: timber, manganese, and petroleum.
  4. Gabon has twenty-three Petroleum companies, including nine North American, five European, two Australian, two South African, and one from the People's Republic of China.
  5. The second biggest producers, Shell Gabon (3.5 million tonnes) and Total Fina Elf became Total (5 million tonnes) were both on 70% of the Gabonese Petroleum.

Ports of Gabon

To guarantee the exploitation of its natural resources, Gabon has put in place a legal and fiscal framework for foreign direct investment.

  1. Creation in 2002, of the Agency for Promotion of Private Investment. The main objective is to advise to foreign investors, and facilitating administrative procedures related to business creation.
  2. Creation in 2005 of the Free Zone Mandji (Port-Gentil).

Company Komo. The Komo Company is a holding of shares in the shares capital of 9019800000 FCFA fully paid. The Company has Komo's financial participation in many societies in Africa and Europe. It is involved in the management and administration of its subsidiaries diversified in commerce, industry, international trade in services, new technology, and finance.

The Industrial Society of Gabon is a limited company with a capital of 950 billion CFA francs. Created in Libreville in 1975, SOGI in Gabon is a leader in the construction sector industrial and one of the first players in the Central Africa region.

Albert Schweitzer in Gabon.

Gabon has preferential access to:

  1. Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC)
  2. Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
  3. African Growth and Opportunity Act (US AGOA)
  4. Cotonou Agreement

Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC)

Gabon is a member of:

  1. African Development Bank
  2. Islamic Development Bank
  3. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  4. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  5. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
  6. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
  7. Afro-Arab cooperation
  8. Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
  9. African Union (AU) - Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
  10. Africa (Gabon)-Asia Strategic Partnership
  11. Africa (Gabon)-BRICS
  12. Africa-Asia Strategic Partnership
  13. OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
  14. United Nations (UN), World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), FAO, World Health Organisation, World Trade Organisation (WTO), International Organisation Francophonie

Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)

Bank of Central African States

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