GABON: Nkok’s special economic zone more ecological?

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GABON: Nkok's special economic zone more ecological?©Gabonese Ministry of Water, Forests, the Sea and the Environment

Two companies are entering the Nkok Special Economic Zone in Gabon. They are Jia Ming Plastics Manufacturing, a company specialising in plastic recycling and the Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) consultancy company, Safer. Both entities will help to reduce pollution and ensure the environmental performance of companies in the Nkok SEZ.

Today the trend is towards ecology. All sectors of activity are concerned by this new trend, which advocates more environmentally friendly behaviour. This trend affects the energy, water, mobility and sanitation sectors. The ultimate goal is to reduce the harmful effects of climate change.

In Africa, several countries are in agreement with this new way of operating. In Gabon, the government recently called on the services of Jia Ming Plastics Manufacturing, a company specialising in plastic recycling, and the quality, hygiene, safety and environment (QHSE) consultancy Safer to assist companies in the Nkok Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in their efforts to integrate environmental principles into their operations.

Waste recycling in the Nkok SEZ

“The agreement was concluded for a renewable period of three years and aims to limit nuisances and pollution, and to guarantee environmental performance while maintaining a favourable investment climate. The partnership also provides for the establishment of a technical committee for the implementation and monitoring of environmental and social management (CGES),” says the Gabonese Ministry of Water, Forests, Sea and Environment.

Jia Ming Plastics Manufacturing and Safer will also help industries in the SEZ to “investigate their accidents and incidents, as well as their bank of personal protective equipment (PPE)”. They will also put in place more effective waste management initiatives. In particular, Jia Ming Plastics Manufacturing plans to produce 300 tonnes of strip steel per month, mainly used by the forestry industry for export wood packaging. Its 6,723.8 m2 waste recycling plant was inaugurated on 23 January 2021 in Gabon. The Chinese company has invested one billion CFA francs (more than 1.5 million euros) for the implementation of the project which should generate several direct and indirect jobs in this Central African country.

Inès Magoum

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