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Welcome To Gabon
Country number
94
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An Introduction to Gabon

The earliest inhabitants of what is now Gabon were pygmies, who were eventually replaced by the Bantu people as they migrated. The name 'Gabon' comes from the Portuguese word 'Gabão' - a cloak, after the shape of the estuary of the Komo River. In 1885 France colonised Gabon, which was one of the four territories of French Equatorial Africa from 1910 until 1959. See full country profile.

Latest Research News from Africa

Sep 11
In London, on-demand panel and sample company Innovate has appointed former dataSpring exec Rie Nagai as Managing Director, EMEA. Sep 11 2017
Aug 29
Kantar has named Karin Du Chenne as CEO of Insights in South Africa; Stephany Brewer as Chief Client Officer of Insights in Africa and the Middle East; Noeraan Hendricks as Transformation Director; and Gisela Seeley as Country Leader for Kantar Media South Africa. Aug 29 2017


3 current African jobs:

Account Manager, Johannesburg, $ salary not stated - (posted Aug 23 2017)
Account Director - Qualitative, Johannesburg, $ salary not stated - (posted Aug 23 2017)
Client Service Director, Johannesburg, $ salary not stated - (posted Aug 23 2017)


Fast Facts
Map of Gabon
CAPITAL: Libreville
GOVERNMENT: Republic; multiparty presidential regime
AREA: 267,667 sq km
POPULATION: 1,576,665 (July 2011 est)
MAJOR LANGUAGE: French
Mandrill, Gabon
Mandrill, Gabon


Other Eden: Gabon (in particular, the Loango national park) has been referred to as 'Africa's last Eden' by the naturalist Mark Fay, who took pictures of 'surfing hippos' and elephants on the beach. 70% of Gabon is covered in rainforests that are home to Forest Elephants, Lowland Gorillas, 200 other mammals, 600 species of birds and more than 8,000 plant species.

Surfing hippo here

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Gabon in Profile

The earliest inhabitants of what is now Gabon were pygmies, who were eventually replaced by the Bantu people as they migrated. The name 'Gabon' comes from the Portuguese word 'Gabão' - a cloak, after the shape of the estuary of the Komo River. In 1885 France colonised Gabon, which was one of the four territories of French Equatorial Africa from 1910 until 1959.

Since independence in 1960 there have been a number of coups, some of them suppressed by soldiers from France, which has industrial interests in the region including logging.Currently a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Gabon is one of the most prosperous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the highest HDI in the region, thanks to its small population density, abundant natural resources and foreign private investment.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $22.48 billion (2010 est.) - $14,500 per capita (PPP 2010 est)

Religions Christian 55%-75%, animist, Muslim less than 1%

Currency: Central African Franc (XAF) - GBP 1 = XAF 746.25

Telephone Code: +241

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Overview of Trade and Industry

Even though Gabon has a per capita income that is a lot higher than most sub-Saharan African nations, it has a high income inequality meaning that a large proportion of the population remains in poverty. Oil was discovered offshore in the early 1970s, and until now has represented well over 50% of GDP - however, production is slowing and some estimates suggest that Gabon could run out of oil as soon as 2025.

Despite the abundance of natural wealth, poor fiscal management shackles the economy. In 1997, an IMF mission to Gabon criticized the government for overspending on off-budget items, over-borrowing from the central bank, and slipping on its schedule for privatisation and administrative reform. The rebound of oil prices from 1999 to 2008 helped growth, but drops in production have hampered Gabon from fully realising potential gains. Gabon signed a 14-mo'th Stand-By Arrangement with the IMF in May 2007, and later that year issued a $1 billion sovereign bond to buy back a sizable portion of its international debt.

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