Gabon, the prosperous African country of 1.5M people, has signed a $50K monthly retainer agreement with Patton Boggs.
The work covers bolstering its relationship with Washington and enhancing the image of Gabon’s government under president Ali Bongo.
Bongo is pushing a program to develop an industrial economy based on Gabon’s plentiful natural resource base, which includes oil, timber, iron and diamonds.
The country has earned accolades from the environmental community for cracking down of the illegal iron trade.
Bongo has threatened to curb contracts with China, one of its top investors, unless that country moves end the traditional use of ivory.
Gabon also has attracted a recent wave of “spiritual” tourists from the west who are seeking enlightenment by ingesting a native psychoactive root.