The Oyo-Ollombo Special Economic Zone covers an area of 760,318 hectares. It is the largest of the four special economic zones. Situated in the center of Congo, this SEZ is at a distance of 400 km from Brazzaville, on National Road 2. The National Road 2 (RN2) provides road transport linking the cities of Brazzaville, Odziba, Ngo, Gamboma and Ollombo-Oyo. It continues north from Oyo and ends at Ouesso, where trucks can cross the border with Cameroon. A secondary road in the West connects Oyo with Obouya and Ewo.
Anchored to the twin cities of Oyo and Ollombo, the strategically located special economic zone along the National Road 2 is equipped with an international airport in Ollombo and a river port in Oyo. Intense regional and international connectivity offers great economic opportunities for the Special Economic Zone.
513 km long from Brazzaville to Owando, the RN2 is connected to the river network and serves the future Ollombo-Oyo free zone in the Departments of Plateaux and La Cuvette. It is also above the junction between the Congo and South of Cameroon.
Feasibility studies of the Oyo-Ollombo special economic zone carried out by the Singapore consultancy firm Surbana International consultants Pte Ltd since June 2012 are ready and the works are therefore executable.
- Production of food and cash crops ;
- Livestock ;
- Processing of agricultural products ;
- Forestry ;
- Fish farming ;
- Business services ;
- Tourism ;
- Financial research and services.
The Oyo-Ollombo SEZ has enormous potential to attract foreign investment in the agricultural-based economy due to its tropical climate, fertile land and abundant water resources. 3 strategic objectives are identified to establish Oyo-Ollombo as an agro-industrial SEZ. These objectives are :
- Increase the volume of exports ;
- Create jobs ; ;
- Achieve internal food security.
Development of infrastructures in the Oyo-Ollombo Special Economic Zone
Infrastructure development plays an essential role in supporting the economic activities of a city. Establishing a solid infrastructure base and a good transport network will help position the SEZ as a well-designed, export-oriented investment destination with good access and well-connected to the sub regional and global market. The following infrastructures will be built in this area :
- An administrative center ;
- A multi-purpose waterfront ;
- Downtown area and cultural center ;
- A light industrial zone ;
- A general and heavy industrial zone ;
- A river port ;
- A university, educational and training institutions ;
- A residential area (including a golf course and a villa area).
These activities will be preceded by the following works :
- Demolition work ;
- Road construction ;
- Water and electricity supply ;
- Drainage of river waters ;
- Sanitation ;
- Solid waste management ;
There is currently a river port within the Oyo-Ollombo SEZ, but it is not designed to handle bulk cargo. From Oyo, cargo and people can move to Franceville in Gabon on the River Alima. The River Alima and its tributaries running through the Oyo-Ollombo SEZ join the Congo River with other rivers and form a river system that provides the Congo with more than 6,500 km of inland waterways.
Map for the delimitation of the Oyo-Ollombo Special Economic Zone