To cope with the high demand for housing in Gabon, the government has approved a new urban development scheme anchored on urban planning guidelines that take into account a range of options for housing for all income levels as well as hospitals and public buildings, roads, schools, parks and shopping areas.

A key item in these new districts is the support infrastructure:the waste collection, drinking water and drainage systems.The State has set up a partnership with private real estate developers in order to meet this objective.

The new, recommended urban policy meets the needs of efficiency, transparency and pragmatism in the procedures and has proposed a new urban planning schema, the SMART CODE, which aims to meet the best international standards down to the slightest detail.The large-scale actions that Gabon has decided on and put into execution illustrate the pioneering approach oriented towards the interests of the country and its citizens.

These include, in particular, the:

  • reorganisation of the Ministry in charge of Housing, Urban planning and the Land Registry;
  • creation of National Agency for Urban Planning, Topographical studies and the Land Registry;
  • creation of a National Housing Council;
  • reorganisation and the reactivation of Special Urban Planning a Building Brigades;
  • implementation of detailed urban development plans, called SMART CODE, in city extension areas.