Equatorial Guinea Vs Gabon - Which Country is Better?
Equatorial Guinea vs Gabon - Which country is BetterHello Displorers, welcome to another informative video and thanks for watching. In today’s video, we shall be comparing two central African countries Equatorial Guinea and Gabon to see which one comes out on top. Both countries are beautiful and spectacular in their own unique ways but when facing each other, there are certain advantages or strong points they will have over one another. For this comparison, we will use the physical, infrastructural, economic, touristic and security characteristics that set each country aside and hence gives it an advantage over the other. Many factors go into deciding which country is a better option such as the primary aim of the trip and what you intend doing in both CountriesIf your new here, welcome. Be sure to subscribe and turn on notifications so that you don’t miss any of our daily uploads.So, without much delay, here is a head to head comparison between these neighboring countries Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.Demography and Geography of Both Countries.Gabon is a country in Central Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the Equator, between Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea. With a population of about 2.1 million people spread over its 267,667 km2 of land, Gabon has a tropical climate which is always hot and humid. Gabon has one of the lowest population densities of any country in Africa, and the fourth highest Human Development Index in Sub-Saharan Africa. Broadly speaking, Gabon has two main seasons, a long rainy season between February and May, followed by a long dry season from late May to mid-September. On the other hand, Equatorial Guinea is a country located on the west coast of Central Africa, with an area of 28,000km2 inhabited by just over 1.3million people. Equatorial Guinea has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons in between which there is a gradual transition. Rain or mist occurs daily on Annobón, where a cloudless day has never been registered. The temperature at Malabo, Bioko, ranges from 16 °C to 33 °C, though on the southern Moka Plateau normal high temperatures are only 21 °C. In Río Muni, the average temperature is about 27 °C. Annual rainfall varied from 1,930 mm at Malabo to 10,920 mm at Ureka, Bioko, but Río Muni is somewhat drier. Gabon is bigger than Equatorial Guinea in terms of both surface area and population but the climate of Equatorial Guinea is relatively friendly compared to Gabon’s.InfrastructureEconomists agree that infrastructure is a crucial component of economic growth, especially in developing countries. Along with increased productivity, improved infrastructure also disproportionately helps the poor. This is achieved through improved access to markets and facilitating human capital accumulation and economies of scale.Put simply, better roads, railways and ports make transporting goods easier and cheaper. Furthermore, better telecommunication infrastructure, like telephone lines and internet access, enables more participation in economic activity. The World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report ranked the quality of overall infrastructure of Gabon 112nd out of 148 countries. While road is the leading mode of transport in Gabon, its poor state has been hampering Gabonese competitiveness and industrial development. The low quality of port infrastructure is not able to effectively meet the needs of external trade. The quality of electricity supply also lags behind. Given this situation, the government has been launching investment in constructing and renovating public infrastructures since 2010, rehabilitating the transport and marketing infrastructure in the rural areas for enhanced access to productive areas and upgrading the energy and communications infrastructure. With regards to telecommunication service, the Gabonese government has exclusive authority to establish and operate public telecommunications networks. Less than half airport roads are paved and few roads in Gabon are paved too. In Equatorial Guinea, most of its funds are spent on infrastructure. According to the World Bank, Equatorial Guinea spends $80 out of every $100 in its budget on infrastructure and two to three dollars on health and education. But still out of the three airports in the country; Malabo International Airport, Bata Airport and the new Annobon Airport, only one,