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Vol 5 (AAC) No 11

Published 1st September 2012


Mixed messages

The Parti Démocratique Gabonais government is sending mixed messages to its Asian partners, to its people and to the regions hosting several major projects. Its representatives have variously told Chinese investors in the Bélinga iron ore mine that the project had been cancelled or that the government still wanted to work with China to avoid conflict or that new talks would be held with all interested parties in the future, most likely in 2014. Meanwhile, the government is moving full steam ahead on Singaporean agribusiness Olam International's controversial rubber project in the north despite protests from the opposition, civil society and even from within the ruling PDG.

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