The Quality Series

GILMED, Gabon’s “Administrative Partner”

Based in Libreville, local firm helps clients navigate complex regulatory processes with ease

© 2016 R. Ulmena / D. Veg

Gabon, a country of about 1.5 million located on the west coast of of Central Africa, has one of the healthiest economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Thanks to high levels of natural resources, low population density, and a steady track record of attracting foreign direct investment, per-capita GDP is high, and business activity is healthy and thriving.

With an economy that has traditionally been reliant on petroleum export and drilling, Gabon is approaching a major turning point. It has put into motion a master plan with the goal of becoming an emerging-diversified economy by 2025. This means that new business growth will be directed towards building a sustainable forestry industry, expanding high-value agriculture, and focusing mining and mineral extraction activities towards different, more lucrative materials. Gabon is preparing for a future where oil will play a diminished role, and this means new infrastructure, new incentives, and new partnerships will need to be formed.

Libreville, Gabon’s capital and largest city, is already an extremely international place. It is one of the few places in Africa that has adopted French as the true lingua franca of the people, not merely as the state official language, so it provides a welcoming atmosphere for Francophone people from around the world. Home to over half the country’s population, the source of much of its economic vitality, Libreville is at the center of Gabon’s ambitious plans. New educational reforms, a tightening focus on environmental protection and sustainability, and attractive incentives for entrepreneurs have made Libreville the epicenter of the new Gabon.

While foreign direct investment is actively encouraged by the Gabonese government, especially in Libreville, the amount of time, paperwork, and legal processes required to get started have significantly diminished the attractiveness of entering the Gabonese market for foreign multinationals. Founded in 2012, GILMED is a business that was specifically created to address this issue.

A Partner Dedicated to Facilitating Business in Gabon

Administrative procedures, legal requirements, and laws regarding permits, visas, residency, and gaining citizenship can be nearly impossible to get a handle on in any new country, but for whatever reason, this is especially the case in Gabon. GILMED’s founders understood this situation as far back as 2006, and in 2012 they were able to realize their vision and create a business specifically geared towards helping clients navigate the regulatory apparatus in Gabon.

© 2016 R. Ulmena / D. Veg

GILMED, a legal consulting and administrative services provider based in Libreville, has become a reliable partner to people and organizations coming into Gabon, especially international businesses, students, tourists, and workers. GILMED helps its clients with through every step of the process of applying for and renewing residency permits and Gabonese passports, opening bank accounts in Libreville, gaining trade approval, applying for vehicle documents such as registration and proof of insurance, certifying international vaccination records, and much, much more. Using GILMED can be a weight off its clients shoulders because, instead of spending precious hours stressing over complicated paperwork, people and businesses can get straight to work with the confidence of knowing experienced experts, with established relationships in the appropriate government offices, are on the case.

GILMED is acutely aware of its responsibility to building a transparent organization that is devoted to rigor in following regulations by the letter and having the integrity to not succumb to favoritism. This discipline keeps its clients free of any complications that can crop up down the road if, say, a form was filled out incorrectly or not properly filed. GILMED has formed partnerships with other local law offices, notaries, and legal consultants to solve any novel or unique situations that may crop up quickly.

Due to its rigor, its quality of services, its mastery of administrative procedures, and its contributions to facilitating highly-sought after foreign participation in Gabon’s business world, GILMED has been selected to receive the prestigious 2016 BID Quality Award, one of the highest international awards for organizational quality and excellence.


BID is a private and independent organization founded in 1984, whose primary activity is business communication orientated towards quality, excellence and innovation in management. A leader in the broadcasting of Quality Culture, BID recognizes those companies and organizations which lead the most important activities in the business world, and is considered the founding organization in the broadcasting of the Culture of Quality, Excellence and Innovation in 179 countries. The trophy symbolizes a pledge to the principles of Quality Culture. The QC100 Total Quality Management Model, together with the Quality Mix program, media coverage of the convention and its impact on the community and business sector, create an unmatched platform for continuous improvement within the organization and awareness of the achievements of the company at an international level. Awards are given only to those who are committed to improving their Quality Culture based on the principles of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Candidates are proposed by the leaders of previously awarded companies who they consider worthy of the award. Especially meritorious candidates may also be nominated. The International BID Quality Award Selection Committee then chooses the winning companies who will receive the award in New York, Paris, Geneva, Frankfurt, Madrid and London.