In Depth

Mon,24Sep2018

In Depth

BENIN | Cotonou, where tomorrow’s startups are invented

Tech Hub trains around 25 people a year. Currently six startups are housed here.
Benin has some of the best IT developers in West Africa. Dozens of startups 
are blossoming as more digital training becomes available.

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BENIN | Growing more productive and competitive

An invasive plant becomes a business opportunity. The water hyacinth, once dried and processed, is used to depollute industrial sites.
Through its action programme, the government of Benin is making the agriculture sector one of the country’s drivers of economic growth and wealth and job creation. It is planning on improved productivity, using the impressive revival of the cotton sector over the past year as an example.

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BENIN | ABDOULAYE BIO TCHANÉ: “300 MW of additional production capacity by 2019”

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ITW, ABDOULAYE BIO TCHANÉ, Minister of State for Planning and Development

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BENIN | The biggest of West Africa’s small ports

The Port of Cotonou accounts for 90% of foreign trade.

Progress has been made in the operation of the Port of Cotonou, although there is still investment required for its infrastructure upgrades. Port management, which has just been outsourced to Port of Antwerp International, is being constantly improved to ensure greater efficiency and security.

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BENIN | Foreign trade: recovery in sight

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Benin’s foreign trade is set to be boosted by the record cotton harvests achieved since 2016 along with Nigeria’s return to growth. The country’s economy has gone through a tough two years due to poor harvests and its giant neighbour’s embattled economic performance.

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BENIN | Growth: positive indicators

Cotton production for the 2016-2017 crop year was estimated at 450,000 tons
Record cotton harvests, economic recovery in Nigeria, a healthy building and public works sector… There are an increasing number of positive signs that indicate that Benin’s economy began picking up again in 2017. This economic dynamic is being driven by “Revealing Benin” (Benin Révélé), the ambitious Government Action Programme (GAP) financed by the IMF

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