Launched in 2010, the Nkok Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is a multi-sectoral industrial park located 27 km from Libreville. On 1126 ha, it includes an industrial zone, a commercial zone and a residential zone. The SEZ brings together 144 companies from 19 countries operating in 22 industrial sectors, including a cluster dedicated to wood processing which brings together 84 companies. GSEZ is a PPP between ARISE IIP and the government of Gabon.

Ranked Best industrial zone of the world in wood sector by FDI Intelligence-Financial Times in 2020.

HOW WE SHIFTED THE WOOD INDUSTRY IN GABON

Covered 85% by forest, on 22 million hectares, Gabon has a stock of exploitable wood of 130 million m3 of Okoumé and 270 million m3 of other species. GSEZ has enabled the country to develop and modernise a wood sector that was previously not very promising by relying on specialisation, one-stop services and alignment with the national development strategy. With 3.4 million m3 produced each year, Gabon has become Africa’s leading producer and exporter of tropical plywood, and the world’s second largest exporter. The country intends to go further in adding value to its wood products by transforming GSEZ into a centre for the manufacture of "Made in Gabon" furniture by 2025.

"GSEZ IS THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR EMERGING GABON STRATEGY WHICH AIMS TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT IN A SUSTAINABLE MANNER WHILE FOSTERING DIVERSIFIED INDUSTRIAL GROWTH."

HIS EXCELLENCY MR. ALI BONGO ONDIMBA,
President of the Gabonese Republic

KEY RESULTS

Faced with growing demands, GSEZ has made sustainability, traceability and certification one of its priorities. All of Gabon’s forest concessions are operated according to the sustainable forest management practices prescribed by the Gabonese Forest Code. In terms of traceability, since October 2018, GSEZ has benefited from the services of the Tracer-Nkok agency, which filters the logs entering the zone in order to limit the risk of illegal timber as much as possible. By 2022, all the country’s forest concessions will be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and PAFC/PEFC Gabon in order to improve the traceability of the wood and respect for communities and workers.

16,000

direct and indirect jobs created

$265 MILLIONS

worth of products exported annually

820,000 M3

of timber processed in 2020

$1.7 BILLION

generated in direct foreign investments

GSEZ Voices

Ms. Gao - China
CEO of Dan Gabon CDG

Working in NKOK is a real power solution for companies like us. Their staff help us create the best conditions to setle our business in a new country. Everything was done in 14 days!

Mr. Bowon - Cameroon
Manager of Africa Alloys

NKOK SEZ has reliable supply on electricity and water at great tarif. Access to power at subsidies price has made us really competitive by helping significantly reduce our operation cost.

Mr. Enguenya - Gabon
CEO of Gabonaise Courtage Assurance (GCA)

NKOK SEZ is composed of 3 areas: Industrial, Commercial, and Residential. This allows a certain variety and diversity of activites within the zone while ensuring work, live and play culture. As a service company we decided to settle in commercial area to offer our range of services for the benefit of other investors.

Ms. Bekky LIU - China
Marketing officer GSEZ

It is a really educational and pleasant journey for my past almost-one year experience in Olam. I am looking after Chinese clients and take care of the china market. I feel excited to bring more clients in and see their businesses going well in the zone.

Mr. Olivier Ngoma - Gabon
Public Relations with Institutions & Medias

I have joint our nation dream, now we have made history by developing the biggest SEZ in West Central Africa, and I am really proud to say that no other projets in the region can stand the comparison.

Mr. Kumar Mohan - India
Finance Manager, GSEZ

We have signed partnerships with financial institutions for the financing of our NKOK SEZ investors. Up to 80% on land acquisition and up to 60% on plant construction can be financed by ECOBANK as part of these agreements.

Mr. Van Merlo - Malaysia
General Manager GWI

The zone has good connectivity and fully operational container terminal. Fast custom approval within NKOK SEZ help us achieve optimal efficiency in terms of time and costs saving.

Mr. Reslan - Lebanon
Managing Director, CDG

Our project of Steel recycling plant meets the local market demand for this type of products and we are proud to be part of the SEZ and being the first one to set up our business in the zone.

Mr. Kannan - India
General Manager, Shinago

NKOK SEZ is strategically located at the heart of Central Africa which give us great flexibility of free trade in the six countries of CEMAC Monetory and Economic Union representing a market of more than 44 million people.