In Cameroon more than 50 sawmills have stopped production and in Gabon 22 sawmills, mostly Chinese, have ceased production. In both countries the shut downs are mainly because fuel supplies have run out and operators are unsure on how long this will last. The mill closures have meant a lot of workers have been sent home. Part of the problem, according to local sources in Gabon, is related to the huge outstanding amounts due to energy companies in the country by the government. These companies say they have not been paid the full amount of VAT ...
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