Benin

GDP (US$) $8.29 billion, 2015
Population, 10.88 million, 2015
Source: World Bank data

Benin flagOne of Africa’s smallest countries, Benin’s coastal location makes it an ideal market for both regional and international trade and exports, including in many Trade Hub-supported products and commodities—livestock for regional trade and cashew, shea, and apparel for global trade. The AGOA Trade Resource Center in Cotonou promotes trade and export development and helps companies understand requirements and regulations for regional and international trade.

In Benin, the Trade Hub partners with the national government like the Direction Générale des Impôts, regional government organizations, and private sector associations. Agreements with financial institutions allow the Trade Hub to bolster its network of financial advisors to support firms within Hub-targeted value chains. The Trade Hub also works in Benin with the Borderless Alliance and others to address high transit fees and other impediments to national economic growth.

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Benin News

  • Guinea and Mali become latest West African countries to drop costly trade barrier

    August 14, 2017
    At the Hub’s urging, the governments of Guinea and Mali have agreed to formally drop a moot requirement that traders of staple crops and livestock produce Certificates of Origin (COO), which adds time and costs to trade throughout the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In direct violation of the three decades-old ECOWAS Trade Liberalization ...
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  • Cashew data collectors recommend improvements to ACA’s market information service

    August 14, 2017
    An African Cashew Alliance (ACA) workshop in early August gathered information from market analysts and data collectors from nine ACA member countries to guide improvements and boost use of its Market Information System (MIS). The August 1-3 workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—organized by the African Cashew Alliance with Trade Hub support — will inform a ...
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  • Cereals Exchange strengthens business prospects for new and seasoned traders alike

    July 31, 2017
    When Colette Nakpergou gave the closing summary at the Cereals Exchange on behalf of the Togolese delegation, her compatriots let out a loud cheer in agreement: “The most important thing is that we cereals actors have to commit more in regional trade so that we can defeat road harassment not on paper but in real life ...
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  • Restoring cereals supply chains tops agenda at agro-industries forum in Abidjan

    July 18, 2017
    During a July forum in Côte d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, West Africa cereals stakeholders discussed business opportunities and supply solutions to the thorny problem of local agro-industries sourcing grains from abroad. As uncovered in an earlier Trade Hub report, agro-industries like breweries and animal feed processors in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, and Togo buy ...
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  • Trade Hub workshop in Benin addresses aflatoxin contamination in cereal sourcing

    July 12, 2017
    Aflatoxins—caused by certain molds that occur in soil, decaying vegetation, and grains—seriously hinder West Africa’s regional cereals trade, and lead to serious health risks, including stunted growth, cancer, and death. A recent Trade Hub four-country study on cereals sourcing for the agro-industrial sector in West Africa revealed that most buyers import from outside the region because ...
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  • Getting Benin back on track to export apparel under AGOA

    July 4, 2017
    Benin has been eligible to export its textiles duty-free under the U.S. African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA) since January 28, 2004. However, the country has not exported much under the preferential trade agreement, largely due to a nonfunctional AGOA visa system. During a mission in Benin last November, the Trade Hub offered to train apparel ...
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  • Regional livestock association learns management and communications tools

    June 12, 2017
    West Africa’s only regional livestock associations, Confederation des Federations du Bétail et de la Viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI-AO), learned new tools from the Trade Hub in late May to improve project management processes and leverage internal and external communication. The Trade Hub supports COFENABVI-AO to strengthen its financial sustainability and develop targeted services ...
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  • WAGN plans stronger project management and better branding and communications

    June 5, 2017
    A key strategic objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub is to build the capacity of its regional partner organizations namely: West African Grains Network (WAGN), Borderless Alliance (BA), Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI) and Réseau des Systèmes d’Information des Marchés en ...
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  • Your packaging is your ambassador, women entrepreneurs learn at workshop

    May 3, 2017
    Thirty female entrepreneurs from Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo joined their Ghanaian counterparts to learn how to add value and better market their products at an April 25-26 workshop on proper packaging. The Trade Hub’s workshop for members of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) was also livestreamed to members in Liberia. Led by Mr. Raymond ...
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  • Trade Hub communications publishes two video shorts

    April 18, 2017
    Behind the scenes for the “making of” the Hub’s apparel video The Trade Hub’s apparel video is fostering the apparel export manufacturing sector in West Africa, specifically in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana. This video short provides a behind the scenes look at the making of this video. Cereals exchange in Mali brings together buyers and sellers ...
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  • Sourcing opportunities found with industrial cereals processors

    April 10, 2017
    The Trade Hub’s cereals specialist, Mr. Kokou Zotoglo, surveyed procurement systems used by industrial cereals processors in four West African countries, uncovering ways to foster new commercial relationships with cereals traders. His research in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal is detailed in a report published in March 2017. Mr. Zotoglo interviewed officials at more than ...
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  • ACA brings stakeholders together to plan for next decade

    April 4, 2017
    The Trade Hub participated in the African Cashew Alliance (ACA)’s Cashew Stakeholders Forum held in Ghanaian capital Accra on March 29 to develop a joint vision for the growth of the sector in Africa. Organized by the ACA in collaboration with USAID/West Africa and GiZ/Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew), the event presented a detailed status update of ...
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  • Trade Hub spreads the word about AGOA benefits at Global Shea Alliance annual conference

    March 20, 2017
    West African shea processors—including Zikora and Fludor from Benin, Ruby Unique Natural Premium Products from Nigeria and Charles K. Boateng from Ghana—currently export to other African countries and Europe. On March 15, the last day of the 2017 annual conference of the Global Shea Alliance in Cotonou, Benin, around 50 shea butter producers and exporters learned ...
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  • USG delegation visits Benin apparel maker, talks with the company’s main U.S. buyer

    March 13, 2017
    Officials from the U.S. Embassy and USAID/Benin visited Africa New Confection (ANC), a leading apparel manufacturer, on March 1. There, they learned how Trade Hub assistance is yielding improvements and deals for the emerging exporter and spoke with a U.S. buyer visiting ANC at the same time. ANC owner Mr. Isidore Kouton, said USAID through the ...
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  • Sourcing at MAGIC energizes business opportunities for West African apparel

    February 27, 2017
    Eye-catching prints and styles, coupled with an open-concept booth design, drew scores of potential buyers to learn about West African apparel and production capacity at the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas, February 20-23, 2017. » View photos from the show here Housed in the Africa Pavilion—a joint effort by USAID and the  East, West, ...
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