The Africa Development Club of the Attijariwafa bank group and the Gabonese Bank Union organized this week in Gabon, in digital format, a multisectoral mission around the theme “Levers of industrialization in Gabon”.
The plenary conference, broadcast live from Libreville, was held with the participation of Ms. Nicole Jeanine Lydie Roboty, Minister of the Economy and Recovery of the Gabonese Republic.
On this occasion, Ghislain Moandza Mboma, Director General of the National Agency for the Promotion of Investments made a presentation on the main theme, focusing his intervention on the growth potential contained in the three key sectors selected: Agro-Industry, Transformation of Wood, Production of building materials.
This is the 30th mission of its kind on the continent since the creation of the Africa Development Club in 2016.
More than 300 business and institutional leaders from nine countries of the continent (Gabon, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Egypt, Mali, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia) took part in this mission, during which the opportunities for collaboration and investment aimed at developing these sectors were explored. The economic operators also held more than a hundred business meetings organized during the day with a view to forming partnerships.
On this occasion, Mouna Kadiri, Director of the Africa Development Club recalled the progress of the “Africa Development” dynamic which has brought together in a decade nearly 15,000 companies and public actors from 40 countries of the continent, having made nearly 25,000 meetings. business in key sectors of Africa’s development (Health Industries, Construction, Infrastructure, Agro-industry, etc.)
“The Multisectoral Mission of Gabon in this digital format live from Libreville and other African capitals embodies the will of companies, never denied, to work among themselves, beyond the sometimes considerable obstacles,” she said.
For his part, Abdelouahed El Kiram, Director General of the Union Gabonaise de Banque, affirmed that “with the country’s leading banking network and its positioning as a benchmark player in the sub-region, the Union Gabonaise de Banque has actively contributed, for sixty years, to the financing of the national and sub-regional economy. The organization of this new multisectoral mission in a context of crisis is the most tangible illustration of its attachment to the promotion of South-South exchanges and to the support of foreign investors wishing to set up in Gabon ”.
Exhibiting for her art the outlines of the Transformation Acceleration Plan (PAT) 2021-2023, a segmented strategy for the development and diversification of the Gabonese economy, Minister Roboty considered that “the chosen theme of this mission is very important for Gabon in a context marked, as you know, by the health crisis ”.
“We suggest that you put at your disposal a bank of projects in an adapted working framework and a very attractive investment code”, added the Minister, stressing to the attention of the 300 African business leaders that “he is important for us to capitalize on South-South Cooperation (…). This cooperation is not only capable of mobilizing human and technical skills but also the financial resources necessary for the realization of major structuring projects ”.
As a reminder, this meeting is the second initiative in full digital format after the one organized in April 2021 by the Club Afrique Développement Sénégal, with the CBAO and Credit du Senegal.
It should be noted that the Africa Development Club, created by the Attijariwafa bank group, aims to bring together the business community, managers and public representatives in order to pragmatically boost investments across the continent.