With only 120 cases reported as of April 20 and one death, Gabon has so far been relatively spared by Covid-19. This has not prevented the authorities from quickly implementing preventive measures: President Ali Bongo declared a state of health emergency on April 9. How might the situation evolve? How is the government responding? What might the economic consequences be? Michaël Cheylan, President of Corrèze & Zambèze and contributor on African issues at Institut Montaigne, answers our questions.
Consulted by the President of the Republic about the risk of the spread of Covid-19 in the country, the Senate Office held, Wednesday, April 8 at the Omar Bongo Ondimba Palace, an extraordinary meeting at the end of which the upper chamber of the Gabonese Parliament agreed to trigger a state of health emergency to deal with this pandemic.
Gabon responded quickly to Covid-19, leveraging off its experience with Ebola and Cholera. Matthieu Le Roux, Olivier Bustin and Carolina Reis of Vieira de Almeida (VdA) review the results of the government’s actions and what the pandemic says about Gabon’s future economic development.