Hotel Parco dei Principi - Rome - May, 19th 2011
The Gabon-Italy Economic Forum, organized by UNIDO ITPO Italy has closed with a more than positive assessment. His Exellency Mr Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic, took part to the forum leading a delegation composed, among others, by the key Ministers of his Government.n Gabon, through direct investment or trade economic relations based on a Win-Win Cooperation.
Over 100 companies and the most important Italian associations attended the event, having the possibility to get to know the opportunities offered by the country."By 2025 we want to transform Gabon in an emerging country. For this reason the cooperation between Italy and Gabon needs to be closer, and should include broader areas of intervention." That’s how the President of the Gabonese Republic Ali Bongo Ondimba, speaking at the Forum, invited Italian companies to adopt “concrete actions” to support the development of his country.n Gabon, through direct investment or trade economic relations based on a Win-Win Cooperation.
With a growth rate of “5,4% in 2010” now the government “favors the enhancement of resources, encouraging their transformation inside the country, and reinforcing the infrastructures” added Ondimba, thanking UNIDO ITPO Italy for the "warm welcome" reserved to his Delegation. According to President Ondimba, the country aims at increasing the growth of well identified development poles such as wood, metallurgy, hydrocarbons, mines and tourism, following the triptych: Green Gabon, Industrial Gabon, Gabon of Services.n Gabon, through direct investment or trade economic relations based on a Win-Win Cooperation.
UNIDO has always been committed to provide assistance to developing countries in strengthening their economic capabilities. In line with our mandate, we strongly believe that these occasions are essential to give the Italian business community a greater awareness of the economic opportunities offered by some African countries and, in this specific case, from Gabon, a country that started to diversify its economy and sees a massive increase of investment opportunities in sectors other than the ones traditionally linked to the oil industry.” These were the main points underlined by Diana Battaggia, the Head of UNIDO ITPO Italy who concluded her speech by calling for a greater involvement of the Italian business community in supporting the economic growth and development of small and medium enterprises in Gabon, through direct investment or trade economic relations based on a Win-Win Cooperation.