Publication: Gabon Economic Update - Trading Agricultural Commodities: Reducing Petty Harassment
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Gabon’s economic recovery has been intensifying, with oil and other commodities projected to drive GDP growth to 2.7 percent in 2022, up from 1.5 percent in 2021. The fiscal stance improved in 2021 amid contained spending and is expected to turn into a surplus in 2022. While debt-to-GDP remains sustainable amidst gradual economic recovery and high oil prices, debt arrears remain high. The uptick in oil prices compensated for the decline in production and led to a trade surplus in 2021, which is expected to remain high in 2022. Food insecurity could be exacerbated by the ongoing war in Ukraine as Gabon is highly vulnerable to shocks in the agricultural sector. The government has adopted plans to increase agricultural production. Despite the government’s efforts to increase agricultural production, Gabon’s agricultural trade remains hampered by structural bottlenecks related to weak supporting infrastructure, the high number of intermediaries, and price uncertainty. Informal payments and obstacles for imports into Gabon, including petty harassment, add to already high import duties and can contribute to informality, unpredictability, and delays in border crossing and transport network. Reducing petty harassment would support trade in agriculture, reduce the overall cost of living for the population, and foster economic growth in Gabon.
“World Bank Group. 2022. Gabon Economic Update - Trading Agricultural Commodities; Note de Conjoncture Économique du Gabon - Commerce de Matières Premières Agricoles : Réduire les Tracasseries : Reducing Petty Harassment. © Washington, DC: World Bank. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/38370 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”