03 April 2020 – Mass free screening and financial stimulus package announced

Type of Intervention: Financial Support, Stimulus
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy, Health, Social Services, Energy and Water
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic

Overview: Announcement of mass screening; creation of 60 centers; free laboratory tests in public health facilities. On the social plan: for economically weak populations, Gabonese state will pay water and electricity bills and of rents; public land transportation will be free; introduction of unemployment benefit; weak salaries will be maintained; creation of a food bank. On the economic plan: service companies and small businesses, reduction of half of patents and synthetic taxes; reduction of taxes for corporate citizens that will maintain the job; creation of the emergency funding for companies; for any company that is going out of business or in great difficulty, a moratorium on the maturities of debts owed to the banks will be applied without any penalty; premiums granted will be tax exempt.
Full details here: http://www.gabonactu.com/discours-integral-dali-bongo-sur-les-mesures-daccompagnement-au-gabon-suite-au-covid-19/

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Perception of an increased threat to the country
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation
Evidence/Justification: All measures were taken due to the increasing of cases of COVID-19 of 7 to 21 in two days.
Social and economical measures were taken to help the partial containment actually in the country of 7h30 PM to 6h00 AM.