Her office conforms to the image she cultivates. Harmonious, rigorously unadorned and respectful of republican tradition: the portrait of President Ali Bongo Ondimba sits prominently on one of the pistachio green walls of the vast room. From her windows, on the first floor of this building which has three, Anne Nkene Biyo’o can embrace a good part of the more than 1,100 hectares of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Nkok, an industrial hub over which she has been overseeing since July 2020, as the general administrator of the Administrative Authority of the SEZ.
“With her, you won’t be disappointed,” tells us, in a polite whisper, Fred, a young 22-year-old entrepreneur met in the waiting room. Patient, on the other hand, you had to be. That day, our appointment was postponed for three long hours. The fault of a very busy schedule and an unexpected trip to the field. It is that the one that some Gabonese media do not hesitate to describe as “Amazon of the SEZ” intends to control in the smallest details the activities of this zone located in the department of Komo-Mondah, about 27 km from Libreville. When she finally arrives, she immediately continues with two face-to-face meetings with busy economic players before finally opening her door to us. “I’m a woman in the field,” she slips into a smile, as if to apologize.
A career in public
If she is not reluctant to survey the site of the ZES which she has been managing for two years, to multiply appointments with Gabonese or foreign bosses, Anne Nkene Biyo’o, 49, is also at ease in the political sphere. “She knows all the workings of the Gabonese administration, confides one of those who rubbed shoulders with the forties in circles close to the top of the state. She is a whole woman, but also committed and very professional. »