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Business in Benin, Cotonou, Porto Novo



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Syllabus of the Subject

Benin: trade with Nigeria, informal sector. Beninese Economy


  1. Introduction to the Republic of Benin (West Africa)
  2. Beninese Economy
  3. International Trade of Benin
  4. Port of Cotonou
  5. Business and Investment Opportunities in Benin
    1. Beninese Agriculture sector
    2. Mines and Hydrocarbons
    3. Tourism
    4. Infrastructure
    5. Transport
  6. Access to the Beninese market
  7. Business Plan for Benin


The objectives of the subject “International Trade and Business in Benin” are the following:

  1. To analyze the Beninese Economy and Global Trade
  2. To know the business opportunities in Benin
  3. To explore the Beninese trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To develop a business plan for the Beninese market

African Student, Doctorate, Master International Business, ForeignTrade


The Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Benin” belongs to the following Online Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:

Doctorate in African Business, World Trade.

Doctorate in International Business (DIB) Online

Business in West Africa.

Foreign Trade and Business in West Africa

Master in Business in Africa, Transport in Africa, International Business, Foreign Trade.

Masters in International Business and Foreign Trade (MIB)

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Languages: Masters, Doctorate, International Business, English or Study Doctorate in International Business in French Bénin Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Benin Study Master Doctorate in International Business in Spanish Benin.

  1. Credits of the subject “Doing Business in Benin”: 2 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: two weeks

Area of Knowledge: Africa.

We Trust in Africa (Affordable Higher Education for Africans)

International Trade and Business in Benin.

Benin: an economy based on the informal sector


African Economic Integration


Trade Facilitation Programs. TFA Agreement


  1. WTO
    1. GATS
    2. Agreement on the Application of Sanitary Measures
    3. Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade
    4. Agreement on Preshipment Inspection
    5. Agreement on Safeguards
    6. Trade Facilitation Agreement
  2. WCO
    1. Kyoto Convention
  3. Rotterdam Rules

African Institutions (AU, AFDB, AUDA-NEPAD, UNECA)


  1. Economic Commission for Africa
  2. African Union
    1. AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption
    2. AUDA-NEPAD
    3. Africa Agriculture Development Programme
  3. African Development Bank
  4. Africa-India Cooperation
  5. Africa-BRICS
  6. Africa-Turkey Partnership
  7. Africa-Asia Partnership
  8. Forum on China-Africa Cooperation

Islamic Organizations. Arab League

  1. OIC
  2. Islamic Development Bank
  3. Afro-Arab Cooperation
  4. BADEA

Globalization and International Organizations

Global Economic Organizations of Benin

  1. UN
  2. WB
  3. WTO
  4. IMF


  1. Cotonou is the economic capital of Benin
  2. Porto-Novo, the administrative capital of Benin, is the second-largest Beninese city (232,000 people)
  3. Largest cities: Cotonou, Porto-Novo, Abomey-Calavi, Djougou, Kétou, and Parakou
  4. Borders of Benin: Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo, and Nigeria
  5. Beninese Area: 112,622 km²
  6. Beninese Population: 10.3 million people
    1. Songhai
  7. Official language of Benin: French
  8. Local Beninese languages: Fon, Yoruba, and Nagot

More information about Benin (EENI African Business Portal).

Main religions in Benin:

  1. Christianity (Catholicism: 1.7 million)
  2. African Traditional Religions
  3. Islam

Christianity and Global Business (Catholicism, Protestantism) Islam and Global Business. Islamic Economic Areas

Benin belongs to the West African Economic Area.

Foreign Trade (Importing, Exporting)


Beninese Economy:

  1. The economy of Benin (Africa) is characterized by a labour market dominated by the informal sector, which involves 95% of the working population and performs a major position in revenue generation
  2. Cotonou is the economic capital of Benin
  3. Porto-Novo, the administrative capital, is the second largest city (232,000 people)
  4. Top Beninese economic sectors are agricultural and cotton production, Road infrastructure, port activities, and general construction work
  5. Beninese GDP growth: 5%
  6. Beninese Banking sector: 2.5% growth (driven by the International trade with Nigeria)
  7. GDP per capita: 1,700 dollars
  8. Top exports of Bebin: raw cotton (80%), groundnuts, and palm oil

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International Trade and Business in Benin



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