Gabon pays investors over $700m in arrears
Gabon has paid back more than $700m in debt owed to private companies and plans to make another payment by the end of 2014, the Presidency said on Wednesday.
Investors in the oil, timber and construction sectors have complained that the oil-rich Central African state is years behind in payments to local operators, though none were prepared to go on the record.
The statement from the office of President Ali Bongo said it had committed to repaying the debts following an audit of public finances for 2013-2014. The International Monetary Fund also visited the country to discuss the arrears in November.
“Since the beginning of the year, 385.7bn Central African francs ($732m) were disbursed and a new installment will be paid by the end of 2014 subject to a repurchase agreement with banks,” the statement said.