France and Gabon

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Political relations

The relationship between Gabon and France is marked by close cooperation. Civil cooperation between France and Gabon is intense, in sectors including education, environment and scientific research.

Visits

  • 24 March 2017: visit by Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet to Paris. Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault.
  • 2 June 2016: visit to Paris by Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault.
  • 15-16 May 2016: visit to Gabon by Jean-Marie Le Guen, Minister of State for Relations with Parliament.
  • 14-15 March 2016: visit by Ségolène Royal, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, responsible for International Climate Relations.
  • 14 September 2015: working visit by President Ali Bongo Ondimba to Paris. Meeting with the President of the French Republic.
  • 28-29 August 2015: visit by Ségolène Royal and Annick Girardin for the fourth edition of the New York Forum Africa.
  • 16 June 2015: visit by Ali Bongo to the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget. Meeting with Manuel Valls and Jean-Yves Le Drian.
  • 5 February 2015: visit by Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Régis Immongault, Minister of the Economy. Meeting with Annick Girardin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie.

Economic relations

France remains the country’s leading supplier, with market share of around 25%. Some 100 subsidiaries of French companies are established in Gabon, in very diverse sectors including oil extraction, mining, wood, agrifood, construction, water and electricity concessions and banking.

French imports primarily concern the products of extractive industries (oil and ores) and wood products. (source: Directorate-General of the Treasury)

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

To support the “Gabon Vert” programme, France signed a debt-swap agreement in 2008 (€60.4 million, interest included), allocated wholly to the sustainable management of forest ecosystems and development of the wood/forest sector economy. Coordinated jointly by the French and Gabonese parties, the agreement has funded a plan to stop elephant poaching and a satellite surveillance project developed by the Gabonese Agency of Space Studies and Observation.

In the area of cultural cooperation, the Institut Français in Gabon took over from the Centre Culturel Français Saint-Exupéry de Libreville in 2011. It works to promote French culture and develop partnerships with those working in the local art scene.

Scientific and research cooperation conducted with Gabon mainly concerns the medical research sector with support from the International Medical Research Centre of Franceville (CIRMF), a WHO regional reference centre for the diagnosis of viral haemorrhagic fever

Other cooperation

The French Elements in Gabon (EFG) are engaged in operational and technical military cooperation with all ECCAS countries.

Updated: 29 August 2017

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