The Economic Section follows and analyzes developments in the Gabonese and Sao Tomean economies, engaging the two governments on issues of common interest including transportation, trade and investment, labor, energy, telecommunications, and debt repayment. The Embassy works closely with representatives of multilateral financial institutions, the IMF and World Bank, to encourage structural reforms such as privatization, administrative reform, and fiscal reform. The section also works in the areas of development and health issues.
Another aspect of the section's work is to promote US commerical interests in Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe by encouraging US exports or investment into the countries. The Economic Section provides assistance to American companies seeking information on the local markets and to local companies seeking to import American products. In this context, a number of resource products are developed, which can be found through US Department of Commerce offices throughout the United States. One of these products is the Country Commerical Guide for Gabon (PDF).