Mission in Gabon

19 March 2010
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The delegation of Italian companies and professionals have been received in Libreville (Gabon) by the Head of State, HE Ali Bongo Odimba, and:

    • Dr. Regis Immongault, Minister for Energy and Hydraulic Resources of Gabon, Mr. Mabiala Meres and Dr. Joël Mkegna, Technicals of the Office of the Cabinet. They provided a series of information on energy and the next tender to be launched by the Ministry for the implementation of the electricity network.
    • Dr. Michel She Eyogho, Economic and Financial Advisor of the Chamber of Commerce of Libreville and Dr. Nestor Ayi, Chief of the same one, which listed the areas that present greater opportunities for Italian companies, including: buildings, energy , trade and mining. In addition, considerable interest was expressed by them on a close collaboration that the Chamber of Commerce will have with ItalAfrica Libreville, in order to develop a communication network to find relevant information with local and Italian companies.
    • Dr. Raffaele De Benedictis Ambassador of Italy in Gabon and Dr. Catherine Urzi, who presented to the entrepreneurs have taken the Gabonese market. In particular, attention was focused on the energy sector, currently operated by SEEG (electricity and water companies of Gabon) and infrastructure sector. Specifically, the energy sector is attracting considerable investment by the competent Ministry, due to a significant energy needs and increased demand, while the infrastructure needs  a modern road system. The tourism sector has considerable potential for expansion both in an ecological resort. Eco-tourism is promoted in 13 national parks by ANPN (Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux). In addition, Dr. Raffaele De Benedictis said that several Italian firms in the market and Gabon in particular in the wood industry.

Dr. Eric Houzé

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Dr. Alex Bita

    , supporters of the International Exhibition of economic development and sustainable. It is organized every year and appears to be an initiative addressed to the Chambers of Commerce and private investors interested in the Gabonese market. The same appears to be a showcase that serves to illustrate a project that can contribute to economic development and at the same time durable Gabonese market. Basically it is possible to rent a stand and conference rooms to explain its design. Projects can be presented primarily in the following areas: environment and health protection, food, urbanization, education and training.
  • Dr. Stéphane Cocco, of the Delegation of the European Commission responsible for Libreville, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe and Equatorial Guinea. Dr. Cocco responsible for programs in the field of environment and forests, illustrated the main criteria for assessing the feasibility of cooperation projects in themes of its competence and the main and most reliable NGOs in Gabon.



Organization of workshop

The workshop was organized at the Hotel Meridiana in Libreville. The most interesting was the speech of Dr. Jean Pierre Djounga, CEO of APIP (Agency of Promotion of private investment), which highlighted the best opportunities for investment by Italian companies in the mining sector particularly oil, manganese , uranium. The city of Port Gentil, in particular, is already home to many refineries, while the city of Franceville is known for the extraction of manganese. Another sector is that  of the timber  which appears to be very interesting even if it was established a ban on export of raw wood. The wood of the forests of Gabon is extremely valuable. And yet the sector of ecotourism in development the 13 national parks of the country with support from the National Agency of National Parks.
In this workshop, also intervened, Mr.. Furio Taglialatela, which have focused not only on the opportunities for interchange to be undertaken,but also on European programs to which local operators can participate.


Achieved Results

The mission was an opportunity to promote and present Italian companies participating to institutions of Gabon and local entrepreneurs involved and highly interested in establishing business relations of cooperation and partnership.
Another interesting result was the signing of several Memoranda of Understanding between ItalAfrica and APIP, the Chamber of Commerce in Libreville, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Handicrafts of Gabon. These arrangements are aim to create a network for exchange of information and especially to implement the  trade development of both countries.
Moreover, Italian businessmen have expressed at the end of the mission, their appreciation for the excellent organization and especially for the quality of the meetings that have contributed not only to know, two economic and cultural realities that start to increasingly become more important for the global economy, but also to gain greater security in the possibility of considering the exploration of an area that always inspires fear and insecurity.

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