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17 August 2020
Message by H.E. Mr. André William ANGUILE, Gabonese Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary of the Republic of Gabon
Your Excellency Minister PANDOR, Ladies and Gentlemen, Distinguished Colleagues,
Photo: Ambassador André William Anguile with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa
On behalf of the President of the Republic of Gabon, H.E Ali BONGO ONDIMBA, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E Pacôme MOUBELET BOUBEYA, and the Gabonese people, I would like to extend my gratitude to the South African Government and people, DIRCO staff members, and the diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited to South Africa for joining us to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the independence of the Gabonese Republic remotely.
On the 17th of August 1960, Gabon and France signed the solemn act of independence declaring that we were no longer a colony of France, thus giving us sovereign access to the international community, committed with the principles of Unity, Labor and Justice.
The year 1960 was to be crucial for the whole of Africa because 17 sub-Saharan countries became independent from their European colonizers, 14 of them from France, including Gabon.
Gabon, a central African country of 267000 sq. kms, lying astride the Equator with 800 kms of Atlantic Ocean seacoast is rich in natural resources and with a young and vibrant population of around 2 million people for which almost half of it lives in Libreville, the capital city.
Gabon is endowed with riches including oil, fifth largest producer in Africa and 3rd largest manganese producer in the world and other minerals such as gold, diamond, iron ore, rare earth and 85% of its territory is covered with rainforest that shelters rare and awesome species of trees and wildlife as well as the unique Oklo reactor zone, the only known natural nuclear fission reactor on Earth which has been active for 2 billion years.