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Port-Gentil, Gabon

ALMS|Updated: August 25, 2021

Date of establishment of sister city relations with Wenzhou: July 2010

Located in central and western Africa, the Republic of Gabon is a coastal country with abundant oil, natural gas and forest resources. As about 80 percent of its land area is covered in forest, Gabon is known as "the country of green gold".

It has maintained good relations with China ever since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Port-Gentil is the economic center of Gabon and the capital city of Ogooue-Maritime province with a population of about 200,000.

Wood processing, petrochemicals, textiles, cement, and fish processing are the city's major industries.

Due to its shallow water, the port is a barge port, mainly exporting oil and wood. It is also a fishing port.

The city has an airport as well.

The city has developed a lot since the 1930s. The Sogaro Refinery was first established in 1967, with the Gabonese government owning a 25-percent share. The world's oil giants Total and ELF have also set up refineries in the city.

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