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After completing a Bachelor degree of Science in Administration at Washington DC University, Oyima starts working at Citibank of Libreville. He led a rapid integration of BGFI Bank in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo by placing a strategic use of knowledge at the heart of business success.
M. Oyima has encouraged his staff to learn English is eager to point out that Gabon’s commercial and financial interests are no longer dominated by France. On the contrary, there is willingness at all levels to open new horizons in Asia and the Americas, as well as in Africa. BGFI Bank already operates in countries such as Congo and Equatorial Guinea.
One of the leaders in the commercial banking sector in Gabon is BGFI Bank, which traces its origins back to the French bank, Paribas. Both the capital and the personnel of BGFI were gradually ‘Gabonized’, initially with a significant state participation that has now been reduced to 8%.
The head office is in Libreville, Gabon’s capital. Twelve branch offices are accelerating the integration into the global economy. BGFI Bank became one of Central Africa leading banking and financial services organisations. The bank offers personal, commercial, corporate and merchant banking products and has relationships with all major international and regional financial institutions.
The BGFI Group Bank offers a comprehensive range of services to the mains companies interested in trading with or investing in Gabon.
Oyima is the president of the Gabonese employer confederation (CPG) and the président of "Le Club de Libreville" . First of all, the Gabon Interprofessional Union (UNIGABON) was founded on 4 September 1959. In 1978, its title was changed to the current Gabonese Employers’ Confederation (CPG).
The CPG was initially concerned with social issues above all else, but it has progressively moved towards a wider conception of its mission and today is determined to play a role in the development of Gabon and its companies by provide the authorities with a good source of proposals and strong representation.
M. Oyima thinks that investors in Gabon must make enquiries at the official institutions, such as the Gabonese Employers’ Confederation, consultancy firms and the Agency for the Promotion of Private Investments, prior to setting up business. Then comply with the texts in force and act in accordance with the labour laws.
They have to be familiar with any agreements and obligations associated with the sector of activity related to the chosen business and apply for all the necessary licences in this respect.
BGFI BANK is a 100% African Bank established in April 1971. It was born out of a partnership between Banque nationale de Paris (BNP-Parisbas), the Netherlands and the Gabonese government. 10 years on the bank was renamed Banque Paribas Gabon. The change in strategy adopted by Paribas in 1996 saw the state become the majority shareholder and the bank renamed once more, this time as Banque Gabonaise et Française Internationale (BGFI).
Since 2000, the acronym BGFI BANK has been preferred over the full name. A month later, the first branch outside Gabon was opened in Brazzaville. This was followed by another in Malabo in Equatorial Guinea, and, in 2001, the Pointe Noire branch in Congo.
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