Housing Finance in Gabon


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Gabon is a member of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) and has a population estimated at 2 119 275.[1]  Gabon’s macroeconomic performance was improving before the onset of the pandemic. Gabon’s economic policies and regulations are driven by the objective of transforming the country into an emerging economy.

 Access to finance has vastly improved due to the rapid growth of mobile finance as an alternative to the traditional banking system. Mobile phone coverage, coupled with its ease of use, has increased access to remote and vulnerable parts of the population, as well as traders and employees.

A pressing issue affecting affordability is that almost 75 percent of the population in urban areas live without land title. The Government of Gabon is committed to facilitating the establishment of housing cooperatives through public funding.  To eradicate slums and improve the daily lives of Gabonese, the government is making efforts to prevent the growth of these through housing development programmes.

To increase investment opportunities in the country, the government is actively trying to attract foreign direct investment through various development strategies and  a special economic zone where companies benefit from tax advantages, preferential customs duties and simplified customs procedures.

[1]The World Bank (2020). Doing Business 2020. Economy Profile Gabon. http://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/134861574860295761/pdf/Doing-Business-2020-Comparing-Business-Regulation-in-190-Economies-Economy-Profile-of-Gabon.pdf (Accessed 22 September 2020). Pg. 4.

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Each year, CAHF publishes its Housing Finance in Africa Yearbook. The profile above is from the 2020 edition, which has up-to-date profiles for 55 African countries.

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