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A Mouse Trap Can Not Kill An Elephant.



Population: 1,672,597 (2014), 1,640,286 (2013)
Land Area: 267,667 sq km
Natural Resources: Petroleum, natural gas, diamonds, niobium, manganese, uranium, gold, timber, iron ore, hydro power
Capital: Libreville
Political System: Federal Republic
State Leader: Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba (October 16th 2009)
Head of Government: Daniel Ona Ondo (January 27th 2014)
Languages: French, Fang, Myene, Nzebi, Bapounou/Eschira, Bandjabia
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine Franc (XAF)
Major Religions: Christian 55-75%, Animist, Muslim less then 1%
Major Ethnicities: Bantu Tribes, Other African and European
Life Expectancy: 52.06 years (2014), 52.15 years (2013)


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 19.97 billion (2013), 18.38 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 30.06 billion (2013), 25.91 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 19,200 (2013), 16,800 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 6.6% (2013), 6.2% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 3.6%, Industry 63.9%, Services 32.5% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 60%, Industry 15%, Services 25% (2000)
Industries: Petroleum extraction and refining, gold; chemicals, ship repairs, food and beverages, textiles, lumbering and plywood, cement
Agriculture Products: Cocoa, coffee, sugar, palm oil, rubber; cattle; okoume (tropical softwood); fish
Human Development Index: 0.674 (112th)(2014), 0.683 (106th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 7 million (2001)
Unemployment Rate: 21% (2006)

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Army Size: 4 700 (2004)
Budget: 3.4% of GDP (2005)

Current Situation


Gabon is located in West Central Africa. Gabon is bordered by Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea. Gabon has introduced democratic reforms in the 1990s, these reforms have paid off dramatically for the economy. Gabon benefits from a good supply of natural resources and foreign investment.

(2014) Gabon's economic growth continues to be strong although it continues to rely mainly on oil exports and there are no clear plans to diversify Gabon's economy at this point.

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CIA World Factbook: Gabon
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Updated on: September 4th, 2014