Business and Regulatory Environment


The World Bank Doing Business Report (2013) ranked Gabon 163rd out of 189 economies, which is below the regional average of Sub-Saharan Africa (World Bank 2013). Among the 10 categories analysed by this study, Gabonese performance in half of the indicators, including registering property, starting a business, protecting investors, resolving insolvency and paying tax, is particularly unfavourable. Despite the government’s promise to privatize, the government still holds an overwhelming amount of share in different enterprises and even monopolies. In addition, the competitive neutrality is not fully guaranteed by the regulatory authority. Moreover, the Gabonese government has also been criticized for bureaucracy, proliferation of para-fiscal tax, transaction costs induced by corruption, the weak legal framework, inadequate transparency, the complex land tenure system, as well as inadequate skilled labour and weak capacity to promote Public-Private Partnership (AfDB 2011; IMF 2013; U.S. Department of State 2013).

The Business Environment: Doing Business

Multilateral Trade Instruments


The Trade Treaties Map tool is a web-based system on multilateral trade treaties and instruments designed to assist trade support institutions (TSIs) and policymakers in optimizing their country's legal framework on international trade

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