Olam and Meridiam lobby for Yopougon industrial zone
Already partners in Mauritania and Gabon, the two infrastructure heavyweights Olam and Meridiam are pulling out all the stops to gain a foothold in Ivory Coast.
While French multinationals in Gabon have gone broke like Rougier and Necotrans or battle with the presidency like Veolia and Eramet, Indo-Singaporean group Olam has gone from strength to strength. The man behind its success, its Gabon country director Gagan Gupta, has succeeded in forging close links with the Gabonese presidency.
Changes are afoot with mineral export terminals in Ivory Coast. The government has directly negotiated a contract with Pan African Minerals (PAM), a venture owned by entrepreneur Frank Timis, for the construction and concession of a minerals terminal in San [.