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Gabon imports most of its manufactured products to the point that its population does not even know that some are made locally. Many discovered it during the Gabonese industrial days organized in Libreville from November 10 to 12. The opportunity to praise the “made in Gabon”, but above all to imagine a more dynamic future for this sector tipped to take over from the post-oil era.
Joanna and her colleague Alice crisscross the various stands of the exhibition organized on the occasion of the days of the Gabonese industrialist. They discover with great pleasure that several products they regularly buy in supermarkets are made in Gabon.
« I did not know that it was “made in Gabon”, it was during the days of the industry that I could see that these products were made in Gabon “, explains this first. ” Me, I discovered Chimiotechnic specialized in household products. I didn’t know it was a Gabonese product… »
Cleaning products, food, beverages, scrap metal, wooden furniture, Gabonese industrialists exhibited their know-how. A point of pride for the Gabonese Minister of Industry, Pacôme Moubelé Boubeya: ” In so few years, we have begun a process of transformation. Until 2010, the processed share of wood was very marginal. Today, Gabon has become the world’s second largest plywood producer. In terms of minerals, all the manganese extracted from Gabon was also sold raw. We started this whole transformation. Even the gold was refined on the outside. So the road is being taken and the objectives more and more achieved. »
During these days, manufacturers raised the problem of access to financing to increase their production capacities. Henri Claude Oyima, president of the Federation of Gabonese Companies supported this grievance. ” We made a proposal for the creation of an investment bank which does not exist in Gabon, he says. As industries need financing over a fairly long period, we have therefore proposed that the savings collected in Gabon can support Gabon’s industries today. »
Manufacturer of electrical transformers used in public lighting, Parfait Duffy Bibang, CEO of La Gabonaise d’Énergie, believes that the Gabonese state does not provide enough support to local industrialists. ” The state should protect existing businesses and allocate them contracts that protect our businesses “, he advances. Despite a real tremor, the share of industry in Gabon’s GDP is still marginal. It is only around 8%.
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