Gabon’s natural resources include petroleum, timber, manganese, uranium and gold. It has the third largest oil reserves in sub-Saharan Africa and possesses a quarter of the world’s manganese. From 2000–2005 revenues from hydrocarbon products made up 60% of total fiscal revenue, equivalent to 19% of GDP .
Sources: EITI, IMF, US Department of State
2 April 2013 – PWYP International released a statement denouncing the verdict against Marc Ona, Gabon’s PWYP Coordinator.
21 March 2013 – PWYP Gabon issued issued this press release (in french) following the country’s delisting from EITI.
Last Update 10.06.10
Following the 2009 summer elections, a new era of political dialogue was hoped for between the government and Gabonese civil society groups.
The PWYP coalition is concentrating its efforts in three main areas: continuing in the broad fight against corruption; disseminating awareness about the EITI in extractive regions, and establishing a national budget monitoring strategy. The coalition has already organized several trainings to increase member organisations’ capacity on these topics. In January 2010 for example, a public workshop for Gabonese civil society presented an opportunity to share views on EITI and on how natural resources can be responsibly exploited. In March 2010, Evelyne Tsague from RWI was invited to facilitate a training workshop on strategic planning, project management and fund-raising – all crucial tools for the national coalition. Further training sessions planned for later in the year will focus on lobbying techniques, and budgetary monitoring.