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Social / CSR in Gabon

  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Gabon has been cautioned against dumping deportees in neighbouring nations.

    GABON, 2016/01/03 The warning was sounded by Nigeria following the deportation of 617 West African migrants whom the Gabonese authorities dumped in the Nigerian port city of Calabar. Nigeria's Minister of Interior, Lt.Gen Abdulrahman Dambazzau, was in Calabar on Thursday to supervise the evacuation of the deportees, who included women and children.
  • Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba said late Monday he would give "all his share of the inheritance"

    GABON, 2015/08/19 Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba said late Monday he would give "all his share of the inheritance" from his long-ruling father Omar Bongo Ondimba to "the Gabonese youth" in a speech marking the 55th anniversary of independence. "I've decided with the full agreement of my wife Sylvia Bongo Ondimba and my children that my share of the inheritance will be shared with all Gabonese youth because in my eyes we are all heirs of Omar Bongo Ondimba," he said, next saying "no Gabonese must be left by the side of the road". "All gain from my part of the inheritance will be donated to a foundation for the youth and education," he said.
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.
  • Gabon’s capital city of Libreville is set for a welcome relief to the traffic congestion

    GABON, 2014/08/18 With the recent arrival of a fleet of new buses, Gabon’s capital city of Libreville is set for a welcome relief to the traffic congestion that clogs its major thoroughfares. To maximise efficiency, the country’s transport authority is in the planning stages of widening streets and dedicating a appropriate bus lane on major routes. Meanwhile, the authority has ordered 100 metered-taxis, which are currently being rolled out across the city. Since additional than a third of the country’s 1.6m people live in this coastal city and much of its commerce passes through Port Mole, the new system is expected to do much to boost the speed and sprawl of the city’s urban transit, free up the roads for lorries carrying goods and improve the efficiency of the economy.
  • Gabon: Campaign for 12 Dec local elections kicks off

    GABON, 2013/12/06 The campaign for the 21 Dec. 2013 local election in Gabon officially started Wednesday (4Dec) and will run through 13 Dec. Over 500,000 voters have been registered for the election into the departmental and town councils. The Electoral commission, CENAP, has said that, for the initial time, a biometric electoral register will be used for the election to ensure the transparency of the election.
  • Inequality rises in resource rich countries in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/21 Despite catalysing strong economic increase, the revenues taken from resources are widening the gap between rich and poor in a lot of African nations, the Africa Evolution Panel says.  While the continent’s 20 resource rich nations account for almost 80 % of its gross domestic product and per capita incomes have generally increased, these nations’ records on poverty reduction and human development are chequered, the APP says in its Africa Evolution Statement 2013. “Africa’s increase figures are real and there is nothing wrong with resource based increase in terms of taking off, but increase has got to be equitable,” Strive Masiyiwa, a member of the Panel and founder of Econet Wireless said.
  • Gabon have recently moved to create a Public Procurement Regulatory Agency

    GABON, 2013/06/19 In light of the dramatic increase in government spending since 2009, authorities in Gabon have recently moved to create a Public Procurement Regulatory Agency (Agence de Régulation des Marchés Publics, ARMP) that will be tasked with overseeing and streamlining procurement. In a region where bidding for public contracts can be a protracted affair, the ARMP is expected to assist the government in setting policy and regulations on public procurement, develop sector training mechanisms, implement independent technical audit procedures, penalise firms that fail to comply with regulation and ensure out-of-court settlement of any disputes arising from public contracts.