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Vol 5 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2012


Gabon

This land is not your land

An agribusiness company’s projects across the country are facing opposition from local people and civil society groups

Singapore’s Olam is riding a new wave of opposition to its industrial agriculture and fertiliser projects. Criticism of state-backed projects from inside the governing Parti Démocratique Gabonais is rare and not usually tolerated. In 2010, the PDG tried to expel two members of parliament who refused to rubber-stamp constitutional changes to strengthen the presidency. That makes the public attacks on a rubber planation project by Bertrand Zibi Abeghé, the PDG MP from Haut-Ntem, in early June all the more uncharacteristic.

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