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Benin‘s National Day will take place on August 1st.

Benin is a country of West Africa crossed by the river Niger, which count approximately 10 million inhabitants. It has for direct neighbors Togo, Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso. Its economic capital is Cotonou, and has a political system of presidential type. Benin is member of several international organizations, and possess a strong image of democratic country in all sub-Saharan Africa. The Beninese educable people are in constant increase, and has several universities at its disposal. The population is mostly young, and is of multi-confession at the religious point of view. The growth rate have been running for several years at around 5%, with a GDP of 5.2% for 2015. The port of Cotonou is one of the pivots of the Beninese economy. The second source of wealth is the coton, but the other main cultivated crops are: yam, cassava, maize, sorghum, paddy rice, fruit and vegetables. Breeding and fishing are also sources of revenues. Tourism represents 2.5% of the GDP, which is ranked as the fifth destination in West Africa. Its main assets are the beaches and the southern lake cities (Ganvié), wildlife parks in the North (Pendjari), Abomey and its royal palaces, Ouidah instead of memory of slavery and the birthplace of voodoo cult.


Patrice Talon: President of the Republic of Benin.

The Republic has for some month a new President in the person of Patrice Talon, born in Abomey in the center of the country. This one will make a part of its years of studies in Dakar, by following a scientific training and later will make a specialization in mathematics.  He will enter in the 80s into the trade of the cotton, for which he will diversify in all the process of production. The man became over the times an important actor of the Beninese economy through his family holding company: the “Societe de Financement et de Participation”. With whom the affairs also shine in Senegal, Ivory Coast and Burkina. He was attracted since a long time by the political world, and was finally elected President on March 20th, 2016. This self-taught person was proclaimed President on April 6th, 2016, he is described as methodical, fine strategist and a seducer. An African personal success.

Olivier Bulto


Cotonou’s skyline.


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