Business in Gabon (Course, Master)

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Syllabus of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Gabon. Libreville.

  1. Introduction to the Gabonese Republic (Central Africa)
  2. Doing Business in Libreville, Franceville, Moanda, Port-Gentil, and Oyem
  3. Gabonese economy
  4. Industry sector in Gabon (Mining, Energy)
  5. Services 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
    1. Telecommunications and Information and communication technologies (ICT)
    2. Agriculture
    3. Infrastructures
    4. Natural resources
    5. Energy
    6. Housing
    7. Tourism and ecotourism
  10. Case Study (*):
    1. Zain Gabon
    2. Sigall
    3. Import Prix
    4. Komo
  11. Access to the Gabonese market
  12. Business Plan for Gabon

(*) Only available in French.

The purposes of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in the Gabonese Republic” are the following:

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

The Subject “Doing Business in Gabon” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Doctorates: African Business, Global Trade
  2. Course: Business in Central Africa
  3. Masters: Business in Africa, Transport in Africa, International Business, Foreign Trade, International Transport

Online African Students (Masters, Doctorates)

The course materials are available in Master in International Business in English of Study, Master in International Business in French Gabon Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Gabão Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Gabón.

  1. Credits of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Gabon”: 1 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Example of the Online Subject - Doing Business in the Gabonese Republic:
Master Course: Business in Gabon





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Description of the Subject: Doing Business in the Gabonese Republic

Gabon: a strategic position in Central Africa.

  1. The position of the Gabonese Republic (Atlantic Coast, bordering the Central African economies) allows 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 of Gabon: Libreville (500,000 people, 33% of Gabonese population)
  6. Other cities: Port-Gentil (100,000), Franceville (100,000), Oyem
  7. Gabonese population: 1.9 million people
  8. The area of Gabon is 267,667 square kilometers
  9. Official language of Gabon: French
  10. Population growth: 2.4%
  11. Life expectancy in Gabon: 63 years
  12. Literacy rate: 84%
  13. Gabonese Currency: Central African CFA
  14. Gabon obtained its independence from France in 1960

More information about Gabon (African Portal - EENI Business School & HA University).

Africa: Foreign Trade and Business (Master)

Religions in Gabon:

  1. Christianity (Catholicism 75%)
  2. African Traditional Religions

Gabon belongs to the Central African Economic Area (African Civilisation).

Gabonese Economy: Petroleum, timber, and manganese.

  1. The economic welfare of Gabon (Africa), its geographical position, political stability, and the social guarantees have already promoted many foreign investors to locate in Gabon
  2. The non-Petroleum sector growth 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 largest producers, Shell Gabon (3.5 million tonnes) and Total Fina Elf became Total (5 million tonnes) were both on 70% of Gabonese Petroleum
  6. Rail transport: Franceville-Libreville
  7. Access to the Port of Pointe Noire (Congo)

Master, Course: Ports of Gabon

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

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

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

Gabon has preferential access to:

  1. Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC)
  2. Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
  3. African Growth and Opportunity Act (U.S. AGOA)
  4. Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership (Cotonou Agreement)

Central African Economic and Monetary Community (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)
    1. Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
  10. Africa (Gabon)-Asia Strategic Partnership
  11. Africa (Gabon)-BRICS
  12. OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
  13. United Nations (UN), World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), FAO, World Health Organisation, World Trade Organisation (WTO), International Organisation of the Francophonie...

Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)

Albert Schweitzer in Gabon.

Bank of Central African States (e-Master)

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