Preparing for when oil revenues end involves working with communities to help provide new jobs and sources of income. For over 40 years, people in Gamba, 700 km from Gabon’s capital Libreville, have come to depend on Shell operations for transport, employment and business opportunities. But as production declines, we are developing energy resources in another part of Gabon.
The Gabon government, development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit and Shell are working together to encourage enterprise to sustain Gamba’s economy. In line with our agreement with the government, we have contracted the building of a much-needed road – the first to connect the area with the capital – to help the growth of new businesses.