Doing Business in Benin

EENI Business School & HA University


Syllabus of the Subject: Doing Business in Benin (Africa). Port of Cotonou. Porto Novo.

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

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

  1. To analyse the Beninese economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in Benin
  3. To explore Benin's trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know Benin's free trade agreements
  5. To develop a business plan for the Beninese market
The Subject (e-learning) “Doing Business in Benin” is part of the following Higher Education Programs taught by EENI (Business School) and the Hispano-African University of International Business:
  1. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  2. Course: West Africa
  3. Masters (e-learning): International Business, Africa
  4. Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business

African Student, Doctorate, EENI (Business School) and HA University

Course learning materials in Higher Education in English or Post-secondary Education in French Bénin Study in Portuguese Benin Tertiary Education in Spanish Benin.

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

Area of Knowledge: Africa

Sample of the subject: Doing Business in Benin
Doing Business in Benin

Hispano-African University of International Business

Hispano-African University of International Business

Description of the Subject (Online Learning): Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Benin.

The Republic of Benin:

  1. Cotonou is the economic capital of Benin
  2. Porto-Novo, the administrative capital, is the second-largest Beninese city (232,000 people)
  3. Borders of Benin: The Republic of Niger, Burkina Faso, Togo, and Nigeria
  4. Beninese Area: 112,622 square kilometres
  5. Beninese Population: 10.3 million people
  6. Official language: French
  7. Local Beninese languages: Fon, Yoruba, and Nagot

Main religions in Benin:

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

Benin belongs to the West African Economic Area (African Civilisation).

Logistics in Benin:

  1. Port of Cotonou
  2. Dakar-Benin-Lagos Corridor

Port of Cotonou (Benin)

We Trust in Africa

Beninese Economy:

Benin: an economy based on the informal sector

  1. The economy of Benin (Africa) is characterised 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 international trade with Nigeria)
  7. GDP per capita: 1,700 dollars
  8. Top exports: raw cotton (80%), groundnuts, and palm oil

Benin's Free Trade Agreements:

  1. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  2. West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) - US Trade Agreement
  3. Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)
  4. Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership (Cotonou)
  5. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  6. European Union: Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)

Common Market (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Benin is a member of:

  1. Niger Basin Authority
  2. Cooperation Forum Sino-African (Benin)
  3. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
  4. Africa-India Forum
  5. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  6. African Development Bank
  7. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  8. African Union (AU) - Convention on Combating Corruption
  9. Africa-South America Summit (ASA)
  10. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
  11. Africa (Benin) - BRICS
  12. Islamic Development Bank
  13. Afro-Arab Cooperation - Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
  14. Africa (Benin) - Asia Strategic Partnership
  15. United Nations

Samples - Business in Benin

West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU)

ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States

Dakar-Lagos Trans-African Corridor

Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)

United States-West African Economic and Monetary Union Agreement

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