Gabon logging study suggests higher, more accurate carbon measure

Central African forests with logging industry exposure may contain more than three times the carbon-emitting deadwood that’s left behind than previous estimates have suggested. That’s according to a recent study published in Global Change Biology that details the work of a Duke University-led team trying to better understand how to…

Gabon’s Bongo sworn in to new term in Libreville ceremony

President Ali Bongo was sworn in to his second seven-year term in Gabon Tuesday, following a bitterly disputed election contest with opposition candidate Jean Ping. The ceremony at the presidential palace in Libreville came after a late-night decision Friday by the country’s Constitutional Court to uphold results that returned Bongo…

Bongo victory in Gabon meets with muted response

International response was muted Monday following a weekend decision by the Constitutional Court in Gabon to uphold the contested August re-election results that return President Ali Bongo to office. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for restraint and respect for human rights in a statement Sunday, while welcoming Bongo’s appeal…

Gabon awaits word of court election decision

As Friday evening fell on the uneasy streets of Libreville, there was still no word of any court decision in Gabon’s contested presidential election. Gabon’s Constitutional Court was expected to rule as early as Friday. The ruling follows the success of opposition candidate Jean Ping in challenging the results of…

AU acts on election unrest in Gabon, DRC

The African Union plans to send observers to Gabon, to assist the Consitutional Court with a recount of votes cast in last month’s disputed presidential election. The Peace and Security Council of the AU has asked for observers from other French-speaking nations to assist, the Mail & Guardian reports. The…

Françafrique’s Poisonous Legacy

France and Africa have a long and intertwined history. As a former colonial ruler, France still possesses considerable influence and power in its former colonies to this very day, but the connections between Paris and its former colonial brethren are deeper than commonly assumed. The entanglement – a concept referred…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

Thanks to green growth, Gabon is at the forefront of a sustainable Africa

  In 2011, Yale University ranked Gabon first among African countries for the Environmental Performance Index (EPI). This was no accident. In the last 5 years, Gabon has undertaken a deep transformation of its economy in order to follow a more sustainable model of economic development. Thanks to its efforts…

Maixent Accrombessi

Former senior executive in the financial services and import-export divisions of several French private companies, Maixent Accrombessi has risen within the Gabonese state apparatus since 1997.

Gabon: the most attractive market in Sub-Saharan Africa

Gabon has been deemed the most attractive market in Sub-Saharan Africa in The 2015 African Retail Development Index. The study evaluated 48 countries in the region. This year’s index was published on Tuesday and focused on the economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa hailing the region’s progress. “Sub-Saharan Africa is still…