Raymond Ndong Sima

Raymond Ndong Sima is a Gabonese politician who has been Prime Minister of Gabon since February 2012.

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Country of ResidenceGabon
Date of Birth1955-01-23
GenderMale
Place Of BirthOyem
TitleHead of Government

Raymond Ndong Sima (born 23 January 1955[1]) is a Gabonese politician who has been Prime Minister of Gabon since February 2012.

Career

Ndong Sima was born in Oyem, located in the north of Gabon, and studied in France.[1] He was appointed to the cabinet of the Minister of Planning and the Economy in 1986, where he was assigned responsibility for structural adjustment and relations with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. In 1992, he was appointed as Director-General of the Economy; he remained in that post, while simultaneously retaining responsibility for structural adjustment, until 1994. He then worked as Director-General of Hévégab, a state-owned rubber company, from 1994 to 1998.[1][2]

Ndong Sima was appointed to the government as Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Rural Development on 17 October 2009.[3][4]

In the December 2011 parliamentary election, in which the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) won an overwhelming majority of seats, Ndong Sima was elected to the National Assembly as a candidate in Kyé, located in Woleu-Ntem Province.[5]

Prime Minister Paul Biyoghe Mba resigned on 13 February 2012. President Ali Bongo then appointed Ndong Sima as Prime Minister on 27 February 2012. His appointment was considered noteworthy in that traditionally the post of Prime Minister was given to an ethnic Fang from Estuaire Province, while Ndong Sima was from Woleu-Ntem Province in the north—although he was also a Fang.[6] Prior to his appointment, Ndong Sima had not been considered a particularly important figure on the political scene.[5]

References

  1. "Raymond Ndong Sima : un homme d’action", GabonEco, 29 February 2012 (French).
  2. Gérald Mounomby, "Les deux vies de Raymond Ndong Sima", Business Gabon, 8 May 2008 (French).
  3. "Gabon : Le premier gouvernement du septennat d’Ali Bongo", GabonEco, 17 October 2009 (French).
  4. Yorick Kombila Manfoumby, "Gabon: « Le ministère de l'Agriculture est un département sectoriel qui contribue significativement à la croissance », Raymond Ndong Sima", Gabonews, 18 October 2009 (French).
  5. Georges Dougueli, "Gabon : Ndong Sima, un Premier ministre qu'on n'attendait pas", Jeune Afrique, 7 March 2012 (French).
  6. "Gabon: Ali Bongo nomme un natif du nord, Ndong Sima, premier ministre", Agence France-Presse, 27 February 2012 (French).