Gabon Telecom, City of Libreville sign transport partnership

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

Gabon Telecom (GT) and the City of Libreville ('Mairie de Libreville') this week signed a transport partnership that will see all the taxis operating in the capital have thumbnails stamped on their doors in orange colours of the telecom giant.

GT, which offers landline, mobile and internet services, is a former government-controlled company that was bought by Maroc Telecom in 2007 and merged with mobile network Libertis.

The agreement stipulates that 7 000 stamps will be made available for taxis, 1 000 to vehicles that transport goods and 1 500 for suburban carriers known here as clandos. The annual cost of designing these stamps has been estimated at US$160 000.

The City has chosen Gabon Telecom not because it is a company formerly wholly-owned by the state, but also because it highly values the corporate social responsibility, Libreville mayor Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda said.

The culmination of this partnership shows that Gabon Telecom is a corporate citizen, she added.

Newly appointed GT MD Abderrahim Koumaa said in terms of its social policy his company was committed to support Gabon emerge and make Libreville a smart city, and partner it in providing information and
management solutions.

The two partners believe that the new look of these vehicles will make them more attractive and help identify them easily.

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