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Gabon special economic zone nkok

A world-class industrial zone in Gabon

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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 19 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.

Ranked Best industrial zone of the world in wood sector by FDI Intelligence-Financial Times in 2020.

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 by 2025.

Son Excellence M. Ali Bongo Ondimba, Le Président de la République Gabonaise
"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 MR. ALI BONGO ONDIMBA,

President of the Gabonese 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 filters the logs entering the zone in order to limit the risk of illegal timber as much as possible. By 2022, 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.

16,000

direct and indirect jobs created

$265 millions

worth of products exported annually

820,000 m3

of timber processed in 2019

$1.7 billion

generated in direct foreign investments
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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

Dedicated Water Supply

Sewage Treatment Plant

Railway Siding

Container Depot and Log Park inside SEZ

Fuel Stations: Gabon’Oil

Single Window Clearance Office

An exhibition: the show room

Banks, Primary Health Centre, Food Court, etc.

Firework station

Log supply

Logistic park

Training center

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.

0% Corporate Income Tax

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

0% Property Tax

Exemption from VAT

100% repatriation of capital and profits

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

Wood Processing

Saw mills

Veneer manufacturing

Plywood

Particle board

Furniture

Charcoal

Pellets

Pharmaceuticals

Cement

Concrete products

Resin & chemicals

Cosmetics

Metal recycling

Ferrous

Non-ferrous

Plastic recycling

Oil recycling

Gas bottling

Batteries

Beverages

Paper products