Ministry of Promotion of Investments, of Public-Private Partnerships, in charge of the Improvement of Business Environment
TRANSFORMATION ACCELERATION PLAN
« 1st meeting on Private Equity »
« portfolio investment:
a financing lever for PAT ».
ORGANIZED BY THE MINISTRY OF INVESTMENT PROMOTION
& the CNPAT
The event will bring together investors already active or considering to enter the market, as well as target companies looking for partners, with a view to presenting opportunities in the sectors priorities, such as wood, oil, etc.
LIBREVILLE – Gabon
April, 6 & 7 2023
Word of His Excellency Minister
Since 2009, Gabon has engaged under the Very High guidelines of the President of the Republic, Head of the State, His Excellency Ali BONGO ONDIMBA, a cycle of large-scale economic reforms. Among these, we can mention the adoption of sector codes in sectors of mines, oil, fishing, forest and sustainable resource management, tourism and revision of the labour code to make it more flexible for employers, the creation of the National Investment Promotion Agency (NIPA), a service dedicated to assistance to investors with a single window for business creation. To this must be added the land reforms facilitate land use, the establishment of commercial courts, the adoption of a law on special economic zones ...
Hugues MBADINGA MADIYA
Minister of Investment Promotion, Public-Private Partnerships,
Responsible for improving the business environment
Gabon is today a real deposit opportunity for investors.
International investment funds could support this dynamic
and this is the objective pursued by the
THE FIRST FORUM ON PRIVATE EQUITY IN GABON.
Appointed Minister of Investment Promotion, Public-Private Partnerships, in charge of improving the business climate since March 8, 2022, and previously Minister of Trade, SMEs and Industry from 2019 to 2022 and Minister of Transport, Equipment, Infrastructure and Public Works in 2019.
Mr. Hugues MBADINGA MADIYA has also held the position of Director of Cabinet of the Prime Minister, and high positions in the Gabonese administration (Technical Advisor of Ministries 2008-2014), Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Budget in 2014, Director General of Debt in 2017.
He graduated from the Institute of Economics and Finance (IEF) in 2004. He holds an MBA in international high finance obtained in 2015 (IFG and University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne) and an Executive Master from Sciences Po Paris obtained in 2017.
The economic transformation of Gabon’s economy
Gabon's economic transformation is not just a slogan, it is real. It has taken on another dimension with the implementation of the Transformation Acceleration Plan (TAP). Key sectors are highlighted :
- Forestry and wood;
Wood, an important lever
The forestry-wood sector has a strong economic potential and is capable of creating a lot of wealth due to its non-exhaustible nature. It allows a fair, equitable, inclusive and sustainable. It enables fair, equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic and social development. To be effective, the Gabonese authorities have defined a regulatory framework, with the obligation for logging companies to certify their operations by integrating the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. The aim is to promote transparency and traceability of forest products. The objective is to create around 5,000 direct and indirect jobs per year and 50,000 over ten years.
Economic zones dedicated to agriculture
Gabon relies heavily on agriculture for its economic transformation, with a large reserve of 5.2 million hectares of arable land. Five economic zones dedicated to agriculture have been created throughout the country. Fishing is no less strategic, with 800 km of coastline and 10,000 km2 of coastline and 10,000 km2 of hydrographic network that Gabon has.
Digital transformation, Gabon of services
The services sector or the Gabon of services, is more than ever at the heart of the of the Gabonese authorities' concerns. The desire to make Gabon a digital hub in the sub-region is materialized through the considerable efforts and the implementation of initiatives such as the «Train my generation 5,000» project Train my generation 5,000», an Airtel-UNESCO partnership aimed at training 5,000 young people in information and communication technologies, or the creation of the first virtual campus in Central Africa (Avicenne E-Learning resource center). There is already a whole ecosystem aimed at facilitating investment, with in particular the «Start upper» challenge of TOTAL, (Junior Achievement - Entreprenarium Foundation ... ) and more recently the launch of the DICG (Digital Incubation Companies of Gabon). It is also necessary to underline in the end that this sector is an important growth lever of the Gabonese economy, it is 5% of the GDP. (source: General Directorate of the French Treasury).
Tourism and wealth creation
The sector that is also attracting attention is that of ecotourism. In this 21st century, imbued with the paradigm of sustainability, developing ecotourism remains an exciting challenge. Beyond the challenge, it is above all a very promising sector that can bring a great deal of satisfaction to Gabon, provided that national and international players take a greater interest. international players take a greater interest in it. The assets in this sector are great, including :
- The Ogooué site is home to the best preserved forest in Africa covering 88% of Gabon
- Unique archaeological assets, the oldest multi-cellular fossils, dating back 2.1 billion years
- Biodiversity not found anywhere else in the world
- A favorable natural environment with a rich fauna and flora, attractive landscapes, breathtaking coastlines and 13 national parks
- The availability of accommodation, restaurants and leisure facilities
- A diverse culture and numerous historical sites
- A wealth of economic resources capable of generating business tourism
- A hospitable population able to cohabit with visitors.
Within the framework of the Plan for Accelerating the Transformation (PAT) of the Gabonese economy, launched in January 2021, a series of projects and reforms are to be carried out as a matter of priority in order to accelerate the transformation of the economy. 2021, a series of projects and reforms are to be carried out as a matter of priority, to accelerate the transformation of the country. Several sectors of activity are concerned, including: wood, gas, optimizing governance in the oil sector, etc.
The objective is to boost the transition to a «post-oil» Gabonese economy, by accelerating new growth engines and rethinking the social model. This will contribute to the diversification of the economy, in order to achieve the objectives, set out in the strategic vision Gabon Emergent 2025.
Significant financing needs in several sectors especially in these times of crisis.
The use of private equity is an original form of intervention in the framework of development policies, which makes it an ideal instrument for the Plan for Accelerating the Transformation of the Gabonese Economy. It is in this context that the Ministry of Investment Promotion, Public-Private Partnerships, in charge of the Improvement of the Business Environment of Gabon plans to organize, in partnership with the NCTAP, a meeting whose objective is to promote the Private Equity industry, as a lever for the financing of the TAP, and to connect the various actors of this industry. To support the realization of all these strategic projects that require considerable financing, the public-private partnership is essential. It is therefore essential to use a financing instrument that reconciles return, from the investor's point of view, and development at the level of the target company. The most appropriate instrument that meets all these criteria is private equity.
Private equity emerged in the late 1990s on the continent and has become an increasingly important part of capital flows, which have grown considerably over the last decade. The private equity industry is currently growing rapidly in Africa (as on other continents), driven by development finance institutions. Increasingly used, it has become crucial to the economic and financial development of emerging countries.
A capital offer more and more investments strong on Africa…
investment capital, new vector of action public in Africa.
lever of funding TAP
The use of private equity constitutes an original form of intervention, within the framework of development policies, which makes it an ideal instrument for Gabon's Economic Transformation Acceleration Plan.
It is in this context that the Ministry of Investment Promotion, Public-Private Partnerships, responsible for improving Gabon's Business Environment plans to organize, in partnership with the National Council for the Transformation Acceleration Plan (NCTAP), a meeting whose objective is to promote the Private Equity industry, as a lever for financing the PAT and connect the various players in this industry.
Organize in Libreville “First Private Equity Meetings” on the theme «portfolio investment: a financing lever for TAP».
The event will bring together investors who are already active or are planning to enter the market, as well as target companies looking for partners, with a view to present opportunities in priority sectors, such as wood, oil, agriculture, ecotourism, services etc.
- Raise awareness and promote an innovative and efficient alternative financing instrument (Private Equity)
- Create an ecosystem favorable to the Private Equity industry
- Connect Private Equity players
- Present priority project portfolios and investment opportunities
- Period: April 6 & 7, 2023
- Duration: 2 Days
- Mode: Hybrid (Present and Live)
- Activities :
- Inaugural Conference,
- Presentation of priority opportunities and Project portfolios,
- Feedback, B to B Sessions-Networking, deal rooms.
- Private Equity funds
- Institutional investors
- Management companies
- Advisors in mergers and acquisitions
- Wealth managers
- Family offices
- Investment agencies and associations
- Private and investment banks
- Business Angels
- Private Equity Funds
- International Finance Corporation (IFC)
- Pan African Investment Funds
- Sovereign Funds
- Management Companies
- Development Finance Institutions
- Family offices