Perenco is proud of its operations in Gabon. Although most of our work is devoted to exploiting oil and gas deposits we are also very much aware of our social responsibility with regard to the communities that are directly affected by our operations. I am pleased to present here just a few concrete examples of our commitment to them.
We undertake to leave a sustainable trace of our presence, well after completion of our oil drilling activities. We want our time in a place to leave a positive impact on populations. Our action aims to meet the most fundamental needs, such as access to drinking water, energy, health and education and we also work with communities to help them develop independently from oil. Help with education and access to medical care prepare and protect young Gabonese whilst agricultural projects ensure their future. This is why we are supplying school books to several county schools and contributing to the rebuilding of a nursery school. We are supplying medicines, assisting with vaccination campaigns and we are also contributing to the rebuilding and maintenance of dispensaries. It is also why we are working with IGAD to improve the growing of food crops and market gardening, and why we are investing in roads and landing stages to get products grown to market as well as facilitating travel for men and women.
Perenco's commitment to environmental protection and sustainable development is no recent phenomenon. Our financial commitment doubled in 2007 compared to 2006 and tripled in 2008 compared to 2007. It has almost doubled again in 2009.
Gabon possesses extraordinary natural wealth and I am personally committed to ensuring that our operations respect the environment in that country. My dearest wish is to leave more wealthy, more independent communities behind us when our operations are finished, with no visible mark of our former presence. In this way Perenco will continue as a trustworthy partner of Gabon.
Perenco Gabon General Manager