24 - 26 June 2019
Jardin Botanique, Libreville, Gabon

West & Central Africa’s Leading Platform
for Wood and Forestry Transformation

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In the Heart of Africa

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Welcome to the

Gabon WoodShow

Gabon Wood, Woodworking & Forestry Show 2019 offers you the chance to meet wood, woodworking and forestry professionals, develop ideas for increasing the range and quality of your business, and learn new techniques and sources of supply. It is a quest to be the best platform for creative ideas and new technologies, and showcase innovative resources that would lead to lucrative transactions.

Gabon is a bustling business hub with rapid development and expansion. It is the ideal place for the global wood industry to meet. The exhibition would display the latest products and innovations in the wood and forestry industry in the region.

Gabon has an ambitious vision in the forest-wood sector by 2025:

"The wood sector has undergone a significant evolution in the last years and helped in the creation of more
than 13,000 job opportunities .The development of Gabon is effectively linked to the sustainable development of the wood sector on several levels. Consequently, it is mandatory to have a rational management strategy to make the sector more developed and profitable.
In this direction, Gabon WoodShow, which is initiative of many partnerships, aims to make Gabon the world leader and first destination of certified tropical timber, driven by an innovative industry, fully valuing the forest under sustainable management."

H.E Ali Bongo Ondimba
President of Gabon

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Timber trade in West Africa


The West and Central Africa sub-region is an important producer of wood products, although production is dominated by industrial round wood and primary processing (mainly the production of sawn wood and wood-based panels). Historically, countries in the sub-region have been log exporters.

Timber trade in the West and Central Africa sub-region is influenced by local, regional and overseas demands, with Europe being an important market for the major producing countries in the region. Much of the demand for wood product in the region is for rough-sawn and low-grade timber used in construction and joinery with regional markets.

  • 2 largest mass of tropical rainforests in the world
  • 230 million hectares of forest covering six African countries: Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Equatorial Guinea, and Republic of Congo.
  • + 100 species of trees: okoumé (Aucoumea klaineana), sapelli (Entandrophragma cylindricum), ayous (Triplochiton scleroxylon), limba (Terminalia superba), and moabi (Baillonella toxisperma), ebony, Wengue
  • More than 16 million m of roundwood production / year.
  • Exports to countries of the European Union, China and the USA.
  • Increasing intra-regional demand for wood products (building materials, furniture, ...) resulting from high population growth, increasing urbanization and the development of middle class.
  • + 450 million inhabitants.

10 Reason to Exhibit

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    Get special brand recognition and promote through a major regional and international marketing campaign.

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    Learn about the latest industry trends, technologies and innovative products interacting with industry specialists.

  3. 3

    Make new contacts and expand the reach of your business by meeting important business partners (suppliers, manufacturers, trade associations and institutions).

  4. 4

    Benefit from an international and regional marketing campaign for your company brand.

  5. 5

    A good opportunity to conclude business in the field with serious buyers.

  6. 6

    Gabon enjoys a strategic geographic position in Central Africa, acting as a gateway to a regional market of more than 250 million consumers.

  7. 7

    The Gabonese government plans to rely on its socio-political stability to become an emerging country by 2025.

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    All the necessary facilities are present, including hotels, public transport, and an international airport.

  9. 9

    Easy application and approval of online visas.

  10. 10

    Get closer to the main visitors of the wood industry with purchasing power.


  • First Wood, Woodworking Machinery & Forestry Equipment specialized exhibition in West and Central Africa
  • Exhibition venue to be located in the heart of Capital City of Libreville
  • Total space of 5000 m for the first edition
  • Expecting 5000+ professional visitors

Exhibitors Profile

Woodworking machinery and tools

Forestry Machines, Trucks

Timber Transport and other Vehicles

Cropping and Harvesting Machines

Saw Millers

Hardwood and Softwood

Flooring, Plywood and Veneer

MDF, Laminates and Boards

Wood Suppliers

Associations and Non-governmental entities

International Departments and Institutions

Certification Bodies

Finishing and Fittings

Furniture Manufacturers

Paints, Adhesives and Glues

Associations and Governmental Entities

Wood Energy


Forestry training, Education,
Information & Consulting services

Trade publishers

Trade press and Specialized Literature


Exporters and importers

Small and Medium Enterprises

Visitors Profile

All types of Engineering Machinery &
Equipment Manufacturers


Builders & Developers


Plywood & Particle Board Manufacturers
and Traders

Research Organizations

Education & Training Institutes

Forestry Officials

Furniture Manufacturers

Hardware Distributors, Dealers and

Industry Associations

Interior Designers & Decorators

Manufacturers of Wood-based Articles

Manufacturers, Distributors &
Dealers of Furniture Fittings

Packaging Industry

Exporters & Importers

Saw Millers

Wood Workers, Craftsmen


It is beside the cosmopolitan capital Libreville, and entirely dedicated to business, where your company will grow and thrive. 80 companies, domestic and international, have already settled in Nkok SEZ.

Main sectors in which companies have invested: timber, metallurgy, recycling, civil engineering and construction, pharmaceutical and cosmetics, IT & telecomunications, hydrocarbon, finance, tertiary services and many more.


The Gabonese Government has granted fiscal incentives and a favourable legal framework for units settling in the SEZ.

  • 0% Corporate income tax for the first ten years
  • 0% Customs duty on import of equipment and machinery for industries
  • 1 Single Window Clearance Authority
  • No restriction on repatriation of profits out of Gabon


  • Regional market of 50 Million consumers (CEMAC).
  • Effective logistic facilities.
  • Flexible labor code and established legal framework (law 010/2011).
  • Reliable and subsidize energy source and water.
  • Tax exemption and other fiscal incentives.
  • Multi-sectorial with industrial, residential & commercial areas.


  • A 1226 HA Multi-sectoral industrial park for economic development
  • GSEZ provides investors with industrial plots (on freehold basis as well as rent) and they can rely on world-class industrial infrastructure provided at Nkok SEZ.


  • At 27km from the capital city of Libreville, the 1,126 ha multi-sectorial Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of NKOK is perfectly located, especially for our customers receiving raw material from inside the country.
  • The zone developed 1,093 ha in 2 phases: Phase 1: 591 ha and Phase 2: 502 ha.

Approche Marketing 360°


  • Promotion de l’image de marque sur site
  • 3 Jours d’exposition
  • Invitations personnelles des invités VIP et responsables gouvernementaux


  • Entretiens en tête-à-tête
  • Événements de mise en réseau dédiés


  • 100 annonces radio à travers l’Afrique de l’Ouest
  • SMS aux professionnels ciblés du métier


  • Présence de plus de 300 000 e-shots
  • Présence en ligne sur plus de 60 Portails Internet locaux et internationaux
  • Connectivité de réseaux sociaux à travers plusieurs plateformes


  • Profitez d’une mise en réseau étendue avec les meilleurs acheteurs de l’Afrique
  • Prestigieuse réception de mise en réseau à organiser pour tous les exposants

Main Supporter


Official Telecommunication Partner

Official Airline Partner

Technical Conference


Media Partners

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Tel: +971 4 392 3232