Benin and the AfDB

Cooperation between the African Development Bank and Benin dates back to 1972. Financing provided by the Bank since that date amounts to UA 709 million, corresponding nearly to FCFA 550 billion, and covering several areas. The Bank’s investments in this country are as follows: transport, 27.8 per cent; agriculture, 26.3 per cent; multi-sector, 18.8 per cent; social sector, 15.8 per cent, electricity, water, sanitation and communication, 10.5 per cent; finance 0.5 per cent and industry 0.3 per cent.

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Benin Economic Outlook

Real GDP growth was an estimated 6.0% in 2018, up from 5.4% in 2017, due to good performance in agriculture, especially cotton (with 5.6% growth); the industrial sector (6.7%), driven by cotton ginning plants (18%); and the building and public works sector (8.5%). The services sector grew by 7.5% because of dynamism in transport, post, and telecommunications (with 10.6% growth); banks and other financial institutions (9.5%); and trade and the food and hotel industries (6.9%). On the demand side, growth was driven mainly by final consumption (up by 3.6%). The trade deficit fell slightly to 8.3% of GDP from 9.1% in 2017.

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Key Facts

Capital: Porto Novo
Area: 112,620 sq km
Total Population 2017: 11.5 Million
Urban Population 2017: 73.50%
Female Population 2017: 49.70%
GDP: US$ 10.4 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2015: US$ 860
Inflation Rate: 2.12%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 34.80%
Human Development Index (rank / 188): 167
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): 0.485
Membership Date: 10/09/1964
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2016): UA 708.1 Million

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Benin Country Office

Rue des Dominicains Lot 111 – Zone Résidentielle
Cotonou, Bénin

Tél : (+229) 21313134 / 21313079

Mr John Andrianarisata, Country Manager

West Africa Region

Mrs Marie-Laure Akin-Olugbade, Director General

African Development Bank Group
24ème Etage, Immeuble CCIA, Plateau
01 Boite Postale 1387 Abidjan 01
Côte d’Ivoire

TEL. : (+225) 20 26 40 47

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