Panels & Furniture Asia Jul/Aug 2020

July / August 2020, Issue 4 | Panels & Furniture Asia 48 | MATERIALS ADVERTORIAL GABON SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE A WORLD-CLASS INTEGRATED WOODWORKING DESTINATION I n 2010, the government of Gabon banned exports of raw timber and promoted the processing of natural resources within its territory to generate employment and boost the economy. Since then, the Gabonese government has taken many initiatives to provide an amenable ecosystem and infrastructure to facilitate the secondary and tertiary processing of timber and other natural resources. The Gabon Special Economic Zone (GSEZ) is the outcome of a shared vision of the government of Gabon and Singapore-based Olam International Limited to effectively master the transition towards the industrialisation of Gabon. Spread over 1,126ha in Nkok (20km from the capital city of Libreville), the GSEZ is one of the largest industrial parks in Sub-Saharan Africa aimed at promoting sustainable production and processing of timber and various other resources in the country. INDUSTRIAL ECOSYSTEM WITH RELIABLE INFRASTRUCTURE AND UTILITIES GSEZ SA is the administrating and managing agency for Nkok SEZ. The executive team of GSEZ SA is headed by a full-time chief executive officer who is assisted by functional heads in several departments, namely finance and accounts; operation and maintenance; andmarketing and business development, among others. The government of Gabon is further represented on site by the Nkok SEZ Administrative Authority, which provides assistance on statutory public administration approvals through their single-window clearance office. The single-window clearance was created by article 20 of the SEZ Law 010/2011, and its office based in Nkok SEZ is exclusively responsible for completing all formalities