1. The Gabonese authorities are thankful to Management and staff for their continued support to their economic recovery program (PRE) supported by the Extended Fund Facility (EFF). Consistent with their commitment under the EFF arrangement, the authorities are taking a wide range of measures to advance reform implementation— albeit with delay at times—to keep the program on track. Faced with increasing resource constraints, the new government established in May 2018 an economic task force responsible for identifying a set of additional adjustment measures to firmly put public finances on a sustainable path, consistent with the objectives of the program. Such measures were adopted in the context of the revised 2018 budget, paving the way for their implementation. In addition, significant progress has been made in clearing arrears. In this light, the authorities request the completion of the second review under the EFF arrangement.