Gabon - Economic Diversification Support Project (PADEG)

Project Summary

Approval Date 29 Jun 2018
Signature Date 08 Aug 2018
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Multi-Sector
DAC Sector Code 11330
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 49,511,833.27
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Economic Diversification Support Project (PADEG) focuses on creating conditions conducive to improving the investment climate and Gabonese economic diversification through better promotion of domestic and foreign private investment. The project will therefore address the constraints hampering the diversification and competitiveness of the Gabonese economy. These include weaknesses in the investment environment, the low competitiveness of Gabonese SMEs and the craft sector in a context of increased economic liberalisation, the high cost of factors of production and the lack of a critical mass of skilled labour. PADEG is complementary to the reforms implemented through the recent Bank-supported budget support (PAREF) whose aim is to create room for labour force for the sustainability of public finances and diversification of the economy, with particular emphasis on strengthening revenue mobilization. The project will be implemented over a four-year-period, and aims mainly to consolidate the achievements of the Bank's previous operations and support efforts to structurally transform the Gabonese economy. It is divided into three complementary components presented in detail in the table below: (i) support investment climate reforms to strengthen economic competitiveness, and mobilize internal resources for economic diversification; (ii) support reforms in the priority mining and timber sectors to diversify the sources of growth; and (iii) support the project’s operational management.

Project Objectives

The project’s overall objective is to contribute to strong and inclusive growth by improving the investment climate, strengthening institutional capacity and diversifying the Gabonese economy in priority sectors. Specifically, PADEG will help improve the investment climate, strengthen internal resource mobilization to ensure sustainable financing of economic diversification, and promote priority sectors and SMEs in Gabon.


The final (indirect) beneficiary of PADEG is the entire Gabonese population and more particularly, the poorest sections. Improving the investment climate and revitalizing priority sectors in the timber and mining sectors will boost investment and employment. The direct beneficiaries are public departments (Ministry of SMEs and SMIs; Ministry of Mines; Ministry of Forests; Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development), state structures involved in improving the investment climate, the Special Economic Zone (SEZ), national economic operators (SMEs and SMIs) and foreign investors.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Ministère de la Promotion des Investissements et des Partenariats Publics- Privés


IATI identifier 46002-P-GA-K00-007
Last Update 09 Dec 2022


Contact Details


Geographic Location

Country Gabon
Coordinates Location Name
0.392501 9.45365 Libreville