Cotonou is the capital city of Benin, while Porto-Novo is the administrative seat of government and other major towns and cities include Abomey-Calavi, Djougou, Parakou, Godomey, Bohicon, Kandi, Dassa-Zoume, Lokossa, Ouidah, Abomey, Natitingou, Kouande and Save

Major Imports, Exports & Business Opportunities in Benin, West Africa

Benin is an agriculture-based economy, producing cash crops like: Palm oil, cassava, corn, yams, rice, beans, fruits, and sorghum for domestic consumption; whilst major export crops include: cocoa beans, cotton, and coffee.

Fish and livestock are also locally produced. The Seme offshore oil fields are the principal source of the country’s crude oil for sale in the domestic market and for export to countries abroad.

Business, Commercial & Trade Investment Opportunities in Benin

Benin Republic was, as a colony of France, formerly known as Dahomey. It first gained self-government in 1958, before becoming independent on the Ist of August 1960.

The total land space of Benin is 112, 600 square kilometres. It has a mixed terrain; varying from, dense forests, lagoons, low, almost flat and sandy coastlines, to very fertile land on the plateaux. The mountain which straddles Benin on the northwest and Togo is about 640 metres at its peak, whilst the Niger River valley occupies the northeast.

The Benin climate is tropical, with an average temperature of 270C or 800F.

Benin consists of about 40 different ethnic groups. Benin has a long tradition of Kingdoms dating back to the 12th century, with links to the Benin Kingdoms in Nigeria.

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