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Gabon Special Economic Zone

An ecosystem serving Gabon’s industrialisation

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GSEZ Nkok: Launched in 2010, the Nkok Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is a multi-sectoral industrial park located 27 km from Libreville. On 1126 ha, it includes an industrial zone, a commercial zone and a residential zone. The SEZ brings together 144 companies from 16 countries operating in 22 industrial sectors, including a cluster dedicated to wood processing which brings together 84 companies. GSEZ is a PPP between ARISE IIP and the government of Gabon.


GSEZ Ikolo: The Gabon Special Economic Zone (GSEZ) Ikolo ZIS is a joint venture, signed in June 2021, between the GSEZ and the government of Gabon. With a developed area of 318 ha and a preserved green area of 522 ha, the zone’s infrastructure is rapidly evolving. Owing to its single window clearance system, national and international investors can set up businesses with ease. The zone’s composition includes industrial, infrastructural, and residential spaces, along with multiple quays.

The Ikolo Special Economic Zone benefits from its strategic location, accessible by both land and river, and  its proximity to the forests of the region and neighboring provinces. Presently, Greenply, Kengi Timber Manufacturing, Acewood and Gabon Sustainable Wood are the key operational units in the zone, recruiting over 100 employees. The zone will create 750 jobs by the end of 2022 and is expected to export between 150 and 200 containers of processed wood per month, generating added value to Gabon’s economy.


GSEZ Mpassa Lebombi: Created in May 2022, the Mpassa Lebombi Special Investment Zone is an industrial zone specializing in wood transformation. With a total area of 1432.5 ha, the zone includes a cluster dedicated to wood processing and eucalyptus plantations. By mid-2023, the zone will provide around 850 direct jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs through the various service providers operating in and around the area. In the zone, Jaguar Wood Products is a key operational unit specializing in saw-mill production.


Akiba: Akiba is a premium wood furniture brand that focuses on a conservative strategy to commercialize the rich Gabonese forests. Akiba Furniture eakmbodies contemporary designs with a functional aspect, developed by the talented furniture experts. Akiba acknowledges the traditional artistic sensibilities of local carpenters and demonstrates them effectively through every design and pattern. From live edge tables to outfoot furniture and fixtures, the Akiba experts spend days searching for the finest wood quality and refining their process to offer sustainably sourced furniture to consumers.


USEFUL DOCUMENTS:

Bordamur High Conservation Value (HCV) report

GAW High Conservation Value (HCV) report

JBG High Conservation Value (HCV) report

SFIK High Conservation Value (HCV) report

how we shifted the wood industry in gabon

Covered 85% by forest, on 22 million hectares, Gabon has a stock of exploitable wood of 130 million m3 of Okoumé and 270 million m3 of other species. GSEZ has enabled the country to develop and modernise a wood sector that was previously not very promising by relying on specialisation, one-stop services and alignment with the national development strategy. With 3.4 million m3 produced each year, Gabon has become Africa’s leading producer and exporter of tropical plywood, and the world’s second largest exporter. The country intends to go further in adding value to its wood products by transforming GSEZ into a centre for the manufacture of “Made in Gabon” furniture.

ALI BONGO ONDIMBA
"GSEZ is the cornerstone of our Emerging Gabon strategy which aims to protect our environment in a sustainable manner while fostering diversified industrial growth."

HIS EXCELLENCY ALI BONGO ONDIMBA,

President of the Gabonnese Republic

Key results

Faced with growing demands, GSEZ has made sustainability, traceability and certification one of its priorities. All of Gabon’s forest concessions are operated according to the sustainable forest management practices prescribed by the Gabonese Forest Code. In terms of traceability, since October 2018, GSEZ has benefited from the services of the Tracer-Nkok agency, which ensures that all logs entering the special economic zone are traceable. In the near future, the Government of Gabon will ensure that all the country’s forest concessions will be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and PAFC / PEFC Gabon in order to improve the traceability of the wood and respect for communities and workers.

Jobs created at GSEZ NKOK

25,000

direct and indirect jobs created
Products export at GSEZ NKOK

$265 millions

worth of products exported annually
Timber processing at GSEZ NKOK

820,000 m3

of timber processed in 2019
Direct foreign investments at GSEZ NKOK

$1.7 billion

generated in direct foreign investments
Plywood manufacturing at GSEZ NKOK
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Key Features

Covering 1 126 ha, GSEZ is an integrated multi-sector economic zone, with primary focus in timber sector. The SEZ offers a comprehensive set of services to hosted companies.

Dedicated Power Plant at GSEZ NKOK

Dedicated Power Plant

GSEZ NKOK Dedicated Water Supply

Dedicated Water Supply

GSEZ NKOK Sewage Treatment Plant

Sewage Treatment Plant

GSEZ NKOK Railway Siding

Railway Siding and Log Park

GSEZ NKOK Container Depot and Log Park inside SEZ

Inland Container Depot

GSEZ NKOK Fuel Stations

Fuel Station

GSEZ NKOK Single Window Clearance Office

Single Window Clearance Office

GSEZ NKOK exhibition show room

Exhibition center

GSEZ NKOK banks, health center

Banks, Primary Health Centre, Food Court, etc.

GSEZ NKOK Fire station

Fire station

Timber processing at GSEZ NKOK

Log supply

GSEZ NKOK Logistic park

Logistic park

Jobs created at GSEZ NKOK

Training centers

GSEZ NKOK Warehouse

Warehouse

Covering 1 126 ha, GSEZ is an integrated multi-sector economic zone, with primary focus in timber sector. The SEZ offers a comprehensive set of services to hosted companies.

tax saving at GSEZ NKOK

0% Corporate Income Tax

How to save tax at GSEZ NKOK

Exemption from custom duty on import of equipment and machinery for industries

Tax saving at GSEZ NKOK

0% Property Tax

Business tax at GSEZ NKOK

Exemption from VAT

Tax free zone at GSEZ NKOK

100% repatriation of capital and profits

Covering 1126 ha, GSEZ is an integrated multi-sector economic zone, with primary focus in timber sector. GSEZ offers a comprehensive set of services to hosted companies.

Timber processing at GSEZ NKOK

Wood Processing

Industrialization in GSEZ NKOK

Sawmill

Products export at GSEZ NKOK

Veneer

Plywood manufacturing at GSEZ NKOK

Plywood

Wood processing at GSEZ NKOK

Particle board

Furniture business at GSEZ NKOK

Furniture

Charcoal business at GSEZ NKOK

Charcoal

Pellet business at GSEZ NKOK

Pellets

pharmaceutic business at GSEZ NKOK

Pharmaceuticals

Cement business at GSEZ NKOK

Cement

Concrete products business at GSEZ NKOK

Concrete products

GSEZ NKOK Dedicated Water Supply

Resin & chemicals

Cosmetics business at GSEZ NKOK

Cosmetics

Recycling business at GSEZ NKOK

Metal recycling

Ferrous business at GSEZ NKOK

Ferrous

Non-ferrous business at GSEZ NKOK

Non-ferrous

Recycling business at GSEZ NKOK

Plastic recycling

Batteries business at GSEZ NKOK

Batteries

Beverage business at GSEZ NKOK

Beverages

Paper manufacturing at GSEZ NKOK

Paper products