Indicators of economic performance paint a mixed picture. GDP per capita is very high by regional standards, inflation is low and growth rates are negative. With large natural resource rents and a small population, Gabon has long enjoyed inflated per capita GDP figures, often being ranked as one of the “richest” countries in Africa with however a very unequal income distribution.

Any improvement will require a change in regime away from the corrupt Bongo clan. As long as a few individuals corruptly embezzle the public coffers, it will not be possible to spend extractive industry revenues on social and economic development

The government is an obstacle to democracy, as it uses anti-democratic means to maintain power.

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