Libreville Gabon Hilton Hotel
Hilton, a global hotel brand, has entered the Ugandan market to boost the country's fast-growing hotel industry. The development comes at a good time, as the hotel chain, which is run by the world's largest hotel operator Hilton International, plans to open its first hotel in Uganda in the coming months. The construction works include the conference and also include the construction of a hotel lobby, a conference centre, as well as a restaurant and bar area. There will also be several restaurants offering a wide range of restaurants.
The rooftop bar offers a magnificent view of the city and the cool breeze, as well as a good selection of cocktails. The lighting and the soft jazz music leave much to be desired. A down-to-earth beach bar serving pizza and a few other snacks is probably my favourite place in Libreville.
Libreville looks more like Doha in Africa, with citizens (and many migrant workers) allowed to say and do what they want. A large proportion of the population lives in shanty towns, and in true African form, the corrupt elite receives a fair share of public money and government jobs.
However, many parts of the city are efficient and function as you would expect in a poorer part of France, and safety is not an issue. Some things are forbidden here unless you are told you are allowed, which is a big deal, but Libreville's better neighbourhoods are safe day and night. There are many places for locals who want to talk to foreigners when they show up. Otherwise, LibreVILLE offers a fee of 80 euros, which you have to pay at the entry (it is A +), but there are a number of other options, such as a free taxi or taxi ride.
Taxis cost a little more, but are easy to beat and cost less than what you would see in Douala, Cameroon (CFA 3,500, $6.50), and are much more affordable than taxis in other parts of the country. The drivers are reasonable, although a 10-minute negotiation is necessary to get the best price, and they cost a little more than taxi rides in Cameroon. It is also a good place to buy souvenirs, as you can see a few outdoor areas and, given the many opportunities on display, it is the best chance to do business. A little less stress here, which will take you to the more touristy areas of Libreville, such as the city centre and the central business district.
Remember that taking pictures of government buildings is a big no - no, and generally speaking, taking pictures is not something you can do without permission. Tourists are not a welcome sight in this country, and locals will make sure you understand the message sooner or later.
The Italian restaurant was very well rated, but the portions were small, especially the hummus, and we did not have time to try it. The water was too murky and there was no way we would actually go swimming.
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M. Boudot is Director General of Agence francaise de development, where she is responsible for the Agency's strategy and operations in the region. Prior to her appointment, she was Senior Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Paris. She has worked in five departments of the IMF and most recently served as Deputy Director-General for Economic and Monetary Affairs and Head of the International Development Department at the IMF in Paris.
During this time, she has taken on numerous consultancy, mediation and signature assignments, including advising the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government on the implementation of the International Monetary Fund's Special Drawing Rights programme. She is currently a member of an IMF team working in Côte d'Ivoire and was previously Director for Economic and Monetary Affairs at the IMF in Paris and Deputy Director-General for International Development. Prior to joining the Bank, she was the manager of fixed income, commodities and currency at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York City and responsible for the development of donor-funded projects in the US and Europe.
It was the second issue by Ghana, Nigeria and Gabon in 2013, and he was part of the team that arranged the issue of $1.5 billion in the first round of issuance. Prior to that, Adande was senior adviser to the Ghanaian Finance Minister, the Minister of Finance and Economic Development and the Deputy Finance Minister.