Chronicle of the day: Evaluation of the absence of change in Gabon 2nd part

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Saturday, February 9, 2019 (GabonInitiatives) – The hard change theory consists in defining the ultimate mission of an organization, ie its raison d'être, then to map the necessary preliminary steps, in order to arrive at accomplish the mission.

When he came to power in 1967, three major project files were on the working table of Albert Bernard Bongo (ABB): the post-coup political situation, the construction of Owendo's deep-water port, and the construction of the Owendo-Bélinga Railway.

On the political front, ABB is going to dissolve the political parties and impose a single political party that will come into existence on March 12, 1968.

With the objective of seeking national unity, after 30 years of existence, as a single party, we have rather witness the exacerbation of tribalism, regionalism, nepotism, and a geopolitical discount.

There has been no real change of hope, but a considerable decline in public liberties and democracy.

Economically, if the deep-water port was built in Owendo, the Owendo-Belinga railway never saw the light of day. Instead, several other infrastructures have been built. Their impact, certainly positive in the short term, has proved negative in the long term, since the majority of these infrastructures are in a state of ruin or dilapidation.

A posteriori evaluation, based on the review of the strategy documents, the stakeholder's hearing and the analysis of the data, shows that there was a beginning of change, but everything went wrong afterwards until 1990, date of the national conference, event that will mark the second transition, then open the way back to multiparty integral, and democracy. The results obtained since then will be the subject of the next text.

Have a nice week end.

PETIT-LAMBERT OVONO
Certified Public Policy Evaluator.

IM / OLP / FM / 19

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