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Dharmendra Pradhan flags off Gabon’s first Agri-SEZ Project

About the news:

  • Union Minister of Education and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan flagged off Gabon’s first Agri- SEZ project from New Delhi
  • The project will be implemented by AOM group (a leading company on promoting agricultural development and innovation), with Centurion University (state university in odisha) as the technical and knowledge partner
  • In the first phase of the program, 30 farmers and 20 B.Sc./M.Sc. Agriculture and B.Tech/M.Tech Engineering students from Gajapati district, which is an Aspirational district of Odisha, will be travelling together as agri-technical and technical consultants for the agriculture SEZ (Special Economic Zone)


  • Gabon is a country along the Atlantic coast of Central Africa, having french as its official language
  • A special economic zone (SEZ) is an area in which the business and trade laws are different from the rest of the country.
  • SEZs are located within a country’s national borders, and their aims include increasing trade balance, employment, increased investment, job creation and effective administration.

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Provision in Law:


The existing provision of Section 10AA of the Income Tax provides 15 years of tax benefit to newly established businesses or units located in (Special Economic Zone) SEZs.


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