Subject (Course): International Trade and Doing Business in Gabon. Libreville.
- Introduction to the Gabonese Republic (Central Africa).
- Business in Libreville
- Gabonese economy
- The industry sector in Gabon (Mining, Energy)
- The service sector in Gabon (Transport and telecommunications)
- “Green Gabon” (Agriculture and timber industry)
- International Trade of Gabon
- Ports of Gabon: Libreville and Port Gentil
- Business and Investment Opportunities in Gabon
- Telecommunications and Information and communication technologies (ICT)
- Natural resources
- Tourism and ecotourism
- Case Study (*):
- Zain Gabon.
- Import Prix.
- Introduction to French
- Access to the Gabonese market
- Business Plan for Gabon
(*) Only available in French.
Purposes of the subject “Doing Business in the Gabonese Republic”:
- To analyse the Gabonese economy and foreign trade
- To evaluate business opportunities in the Gabonese Republic
- To explore Gabon's trade relations with the student's country
- To know Gabon's Free Trade Agreements
- To examine the profile of Gabonese companies
- To develop a business plan for the Gabonese market
Sample of the subject - Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Gabonese Republic:
Subject Description (Doing Business in the Gabonese Republic).
The Gabonese Republic:
Gabon: strategic position in Central Africa.
The Gabonese economy: Petroleum, timber, and manganese.
- 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.
- Political system: Democratic Republic
- Borders of Gabon: Cameroon, Congo, and Equatorial
- Gabon is an upper-middle-income country
- Capital: Libreville (500,000 people, 33% of Gabonese population).
- Other cities: Port-Gentil (100,000), Franceville (100,000), Oyem
- Gabonese population: 1.6 millions of people
- The official language of Gabon: French
- Population growth: 2.4%
- Life expectancy: 63 years
- Literacy rate: 84%
- Gabonese Currency: Central African CFA
Religion in Gabon: Christianity (Catholicism 75%).
Gabon belongs to the Central African Economic Area of the African Civilisation.
- The Economic welfare of Gabon (Africa), its geographical position, political
stability, and social guarantees have already promoted many foreign investors to locate in Gabon.
- The growth of non-Petroleum sector was robust, driven by rising commodity
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
To guarantee the exploitation of its natural resources, Gabon has put in place a legal and fiscal framework for foreign direct investment.
- 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.
- Creation in 2005 of the Free Zone Mandji (Port-Gentil).
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:
- Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC)
- Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
- African Growth and Opportunity Act (US AGOA)
- Cotonou Agreement
Gabon is a member of:
- African Development Bank
- Islamic Development Bank
- Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
- New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
- Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
- Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
- Afro-Arab cooperation
- Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
- African Union (AU) - Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
- Africa (Gabon)-Asia Strategic Partnership
- Africa (Gabon)-BRICS
- Africa-Asia Strategic Partnership
- OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
- United Nations (UN), World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), FAO, World Health Organisation, World Trade Organisation (WTO), International Organisation Francophonie