• Benin


    The Benin economy is somewhat underdeveloped and dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production and regional trade. To facilitate growth, the country plans to attract more foreign investment, place more emphasis on tourism, facilitate the development of new food processing systems and agricultural products, and encourage new information and communication technology.

    Name Republic of Benin

    Capital Porto-Novo, Cotonou (seat of government)

    Frequency of elections Every five years

    Name of parliament National Assembly

    Parliament website www.gouv.bj

    Languages French, Fon and Yoruba, indigenous languages

    Area 112 622 km2

    Population 10 160 556 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Foodstuffs, capital goods, petroleum products

    Exports Cotton, cashews, shea butter, textiles, palm products, seafood

    Currency Communauté Financière Africaine franc

    Source: CIA World Factbook
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