Benin

Country Benin
Capital Porto-Novo
Continent Africa
Currency West African CFA franc(XOF)
Languages French, Fon & Yoruba

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Introduction

Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that rose in the 15th century. The territory became a French Colony in 1872 and achieved independence on 1 August 1960, as the Republic of Benin. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu KEREKOU and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore SOGLO as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. KEREKOU was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. KEREKOU stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas YAYI Boni, a political outsider and independent. YAYI has begun a high profile fight against corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth.

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Benin’s President to Seek New Mandate in April Polls, RFI Says - BloombergQuintBenin’s President to Seek New Mandate in April Polls, RFI Says  BloombergQuint

Benin's Q3 exports up 1.7 pct amid COVID-19 pandemic - Xinhua | English.news.cn - XinhuaBenin's Q3 exports up 1.7 pct amid COVID-19 pandemic - Xinhua | English.news.cn  Xinhua

Benin/Nigeria: Trouble continues at the border - The Africa ReportBenin/Nigeria: Trouble continues at the border  The Africa Report

GIEWS Country Brief: Benin 15-January-2020 - Benin - ReliefWebGIEWS Country Brief: Benin 15-January-2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Virus curbs dampen Benin's voodoo festival - Global TimesVirus curbs dampen Benin's voodoo festival  Global Times

COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact of Restriction Measures in West Africa - Benin - ReliefWebCOVID-19 Pandemic: Impact of Restriction Measures in West Africa - Benin  ReliefWeb

DAFI Programme in West & Central Africa: 2020 Highlights - Benin - ReliefWebDAFI Programme in West & Central Africa: 2020 Highlights - Benin  ReliefWeb

'When we play, everyone dances!' Benin girl group Star Feminine Band - The Guardian'When we play, everyone dances!' Benin girl group Star Feminine Band  The Guardian

BENIN: Parliament adopts a law to protect biodiversity against GMOs - AFRIK 21BENIN: Parliament adopts a law to protect biodiversity against GMOs  AFRIK 21

Benin hits record 31-year Eurobond maturity, issuing a €1bln bond - Ecofin Agency: Economic information from AfricaBenin hits record 31-year Eurobond maturity, issuing a €1bln bond  Ecofin Agency: Economic information from Africa

Benin euro bond prelude to more Africa issuance - GlobalCapitalBenin euro bond prelude to more Africa issuance  GlobalCapital

Offline App Expands Malaria Protection for Children in Benin - Benin - ReliefWebOffline App Expands Malaria Protection for Children in Benin - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin to hold presidential election on April 11 - Anadolu AgencyBenin to hold presidential election on April 11  Anadolu Agency

African DCM gains momentum as Benin seeks euros - GlobalCapitalAfrican DCM gains momentum as Benin seeks euros  GlobalCapital

Dresden poster campaign draws attention to looted Benin bronzes in city’s museum - Art NewspaperDresden poster campaign draws attention to looted Benin bronzes in city’s museum  Art Newspaper

BENIN: satellite collars to protect wildlife in Pendjari and W parks - AFRIK 21BENIN: satellite collars to protect wildlife in Pendjari and W parks  AFRIK 21

Benin introduces transfer pricing private ruling procedure - MNE TaxBenin introduces transfer pricing private ruling procedure  MNE Tax

Confederation Cup: Rivers Utd v Bloemfontein Celtic tie to be played in Benin - BBC NewsConfederation Cup: Rivers Utd v Bloemfontein Celtic tie to be played in Benin  BBC News

Tizeti rolls out high-speed 4G LTE in Edo with N4000/month broadband service - Africanews EnglishTizeti rolls out high-speed 4G LTE in Edo with N4000/month broadband service  Africanews English

BENIN: SOBEBRA equips its Cotonou site with 352 solar panels - AFRIK 21BENIN: SOBEBRA equips its Cotonou site with 352 solar panels  AFRIK 21

A Nigerian Artist Has Put Up More Than 200 ‘Missing’ Posters Depicting the Benin Bronzes Throughout the City of Dresden - artnet NewsA Nigerian Artist Has Put Up More Than 200 ‘Missing’ Posters Depicting the Benin Bronzes Throughout the City of Dresden  artnet News

Britain 'best place to keep stolen Benin Bronzes safe' - The TimesBritain 'best place to keep stolen Benin Bronzes safe'  The Times

Elections in Africa in 2021 - Africa Center for Strategic StudiesElections in Africa in 2021  Africa Center for Strategic Studies

Elections and instability as Africa enters 2021 - South Sudan - ReliefWebElections and instability as Africa enters 2021 - South Sudan  ReliefWeb

Coronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 17 January 2021, 9 am EAT - Africanews EnglishCoronavirus: African Union Member States reporting COVID-19 cases as of 17 January 2021, 9 am EAT  Africanews English

Benin hires consulting engineer for Maria-Gléta 2 thermal power station - Construction ReviewBenin hires consulting engineer for Maria-Gléta 2 thermal power station  Construction Review

School resumption in Nigeria update today: University of Lagos, UNIBEN and oda tertiary institutions for Nigeria re-opening dates - BBC NewsSchool resumption in Nigeria update today: University of Lagos, UNIBEN and oda tertiary institutions for Nigeria re-opening dates  BBC News

What Hitchhiking Looks Like In Benin, Africa - Yahoo EntertainmentWhat Hitchhiking Looks Like In Benin, Africa  Yahoo Entertainment

Out of Africa (and the Near East): Privacy Rules Come at Rapid Pace - LexologyOut of Africa (and the Near East): Privacy Rules Come at Rapid Pace  Lexology

Law school rejects graduates from Benin Republic university - NIGERIAN TRIBUNELaw school rejects graduates from Benin Republic university  NIGERIAN TRIBUNE

Ban on CDAs still in force, Oba of Benin warns - VanguardBan on CDAs still in force, Oba of Benin warns  Vanguard

Will stolen African artefacts ever find their way back home? - The East AfricanWill stolen African artefacts ever find their way back home?  The East African

How the UN helped Benin become the world's fastest place to start a business on a mobile phone - UNCTADHow the UN helped Benin become the world's fastest place to start a business on a mobile phone  UNCTAD

Benin COVID-19 Situation Report November 2020 | UNICEF - UNICEFBenin COVID-19 Situation Report November 2020 | UNICEF  UNICEF

Africa's week in pictures: 8 - 14 January 2021 - BBC NewsAfrica's week in pictures: 8 - 14 January 2021  BBC News

Benin restores slavery monuments to testify to brutal history - Global TimesBenin restores slavery monuments to testify to brutal history  Global Times

No lessons learnt, Indian rice exporters still risk shipping to Benin - Moneycontrol.comNo lessons learnt, Indian rice exporters still risk shipping to Benin  Moneycontrol.com

Kaduna Govt Rescues 160 Almajirai From Benin Republic, Burkina Faso - Channels TelevisionKaduna Govt Rescues 160 Almajirai From Benin Republic, Burkina Faso  Channels Television

Benin boosts COVID-19 response with increased testing - Benin - ReliefWebBenin boosts COVID-19 response with increased testing - Benin  ReliefWeb

Former International Points Out What Rohr, NFF Must Do For Super Eagles To Beat Benin Republic - Soccernet.ngFormer International Points Out What Rohr, NFF Must Do For Super Eagles To Beat Benin Republic  Soccernet.ng

Benin : Sixth Review under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement, and Request for Augmentation of Access-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Benin - International Monetary FundBenin : Sixth Review under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement, and Request for Augmentation of Access-Press Release; Staff Report; and Statement by the Executive Director for Benin  International Monetary Fund

Eiffage RMT set to begin work on 25 MW solar plant in Benin - pv magazine InternationalEiffage RMT set to begin work on 25 MW solar plant in Benin  pv magazine International

Benin and Senegal: French MPs move closer to returning looted artifacts - The Africa ReportBenin and Senegal: French MPs move closer to returning looted artifacts  The Africa Report

Benin Terminal takes delivery of two new yard gantries | Shipping - Logistics Update AfricaBenin Terminal takes delivery of two new yard gantries | Shipping  Logistics Update Africa

Crisis of confidence in Benin deepens - Institute for Security StudiesCrisis of confidence in Benin deepens  Institute for Security Studies

Correspondence - The new normal: FRANCE 24 reports from Nagorno-Karabakh to Benin - FRANCE 24Correspondence - The new normal: FRANCE 24 reports from Nagorno-Karabakh to Benin  FRANCE 24

Benin has increased COVID-19 testing: WHO - Anadolu AgencyBenin has increased COVID-19 testing: WHO  Anadolu Agency

Benin votes in controversial elections despite Covid-19 threat - FRANCE 24 EnglishBenin votes in controversial elections despite Covid-19 threat  FRANCE 24 English

Nigeria expects more Benin Bronze returns as soon as next year - Reuters UKNigeria expects more Benin Bronze returns as soon as next year  Reuters UK

Lagos belongs to Benin - Obanikoro's grandson declares, reveals why its monarchs never wore crowns - Legit.ngLagos belongs to Benin - Obanikoro's grandson declares, reveals why its monarchs never wore crowns  Legit.ng

IMF Executive Board Approves a US$125 Million Disbursement Under Benin's ECF-Supported Arrangement - International Monetary FundIMF Executive Board Approves a US$125 Million Disbursement Under Benin's ECF-Supported Arrangement  International Monetary Fund

Benin goes on digital offensive against COVID-19 - World Health OrganizationBenin goes on digital offensive against COVID-19  World Health Organization

Nigeria-Benin: Dangote mediates border fight for Buhari and Talon - The Africa ReportNigeria-Benin: Dangote mediates border fight for Buhari and Talon  The Africa Report

UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 20: 22 August - 4 September 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebUNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 20: 22 August - 4 September 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin reckons with its slave trade past | DW | 10.10.2020 - Deutsche WelleBenin reckons with its slave trade past | DW | 10.10.2020  Deutsche Welle

France Will Return Objects to Benin and Senegal Within a Year - ARTnewsFrance Will Return Objects to Benin and Senegal Within a Year  ARTnews

Pirates board containership off Benin, crew held - Seatrade Maritime NewsPirates board containership off Benin, crew held  Seatrade Maritime News

French Parliament votes to return stolen artefacts to Benin and Senegal - FRANCE 24 EnglishFrench Parliament votes to return stolen artefacts to Benin and Senegal  FRANCE 24 English

Basketball to become professional in Benin - FIBABasketball to become professional in Benin  FIBA

Nigeria’s Benin Bronzes: ‘It’s not the place of the British to decide their fate’ - The Africa ReportNigeria’s Benin Bronzes: ‘It’s not the place of the British to decide their fate’  The Africa Report

UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 19: 8-21 August 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebUNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 19: 8-21 August 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin, Mali and Niger eager to tap e-commerce opportunities - UNCTADBenin, Mali and Niger eager to tap e-commerce opportunities  UNCTAD

New museum in Nigeria raises hopes of resolution to Benin bronzes dispute - The GuardianNew museum in Nigeria raises hopes of resolution to Benin bronzes dispute  The Guardian

West Africa Regional Supply and Market Outlook, January 12, 2021 - Nigeria - ReliefWebWest Africa Regional Supply and Market Outlook, January 12, 2021 - Nigeria  ReliefWeb

Meet Privel Hinkati, Benin's first Olympic rower - Olympic ChannelMeet Privel Hinkati, Benin's first Olympic rower  Olympic Channel

UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 24 for 1-30 November 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebUNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 24 for 1-30 November 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

For good reason, Benin's health minister has admonished the nation to stay cautious in view of Covid-19 - D+C Development and CooperationFor good reason, Benin's health minister has admonished the nation to stay cautious in view of Covid-19  D+C Development and Cooperation

Benin tests teachers for virus ahead of school restart - Times of IndiaBenin tests teachers for virus ahead of school restart  Times of India

BENIN: Government announces the creation of an electricity generation company - AFRIK 21BENIN: Government announces the creation of an electricity generation company  AFRIK 21

Benin Celebrates International Safe Abortion Day - In Photos | Figo - International Federation of Gynecology and ObstetricsBenin Celebrates International Safe Abortion Day - In Photos | Figo  International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 21: 4-18 September 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebUNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 21: 4-18 September 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin takes business registration online at critical time - UNCTADBenin takes business registration online at critical time  UNCTAD

Benin Enhances Production and Export of Soybean Using Bio-fertilizers and Isotopic Technology - International Atomic Energy AgencyBenin Enhances Production and Export of Soybean Using Bio-fertilizers and Isotopic Technology  International Atomic Energy Agency

Militants Continue to Stage Deadly Attacks as Insecurity Expands into Previously 'Safe' Zones in West Africa, Sahel, Top Official Tells Security Council - Mali - ReliefWebMilitants Continue to Stage Deadly Attacks as Insecurity Expands into Previously 'Safe' Zones in West Africa, Sahel, Top Official Tells Security Council - Mali  ReliefWeb

Benin navy nabs trawler fishing illegally near ecological reserve - Undercurrent NewsBenin navy nabs trawler fishing illegally near ecological reserve  Undercurrent News

Delivering lifesaving equipment: WHO secures COVID-19 supplies in Benin, Nicaragua, Peru and Sierra Leone - World Health OrganizationDelivering lifesaving equipment: WHO secures COVID-19 supplies in Benin, Nicaragua, Peru and Sierra Leone  World Health Organization

Nigeria to reopen border with Benin for goods trade - Africanews EnglishNigeria to reopen border with Benin for goods trade  Africanews English

Benin - Fitch RatingsBenin  Fitch Ratings

BENIN: the Ayédjoko dam will come into service before the end of 2020 - AFRIK 21BENIN: the Ayédjoko dam will come into service before the end of 2020  AFRIK 21

Benin fails in corruption challenge to airport award - GARBenin fails in corruption challenge to airport award  GAR

Benin to hold contentious local polls despite coronavirus threat - Aljazeera.comBenin to hold contentious local polls despite coronavirus threat  Aljazeera.com

Latest coup d’état attempt in Benin foiled - The Africa ReportLatest coup d’état attempt in Benin foiled  The Africa Report

Nigeria ratifies AfCFTA despite closed Benin, Cameroon borders - QuartzNigeria ratifies AfCFTA despite closed Benin, Cameroon borders  Quartz

Five crew kidnapped by pirates from PIL cargoship offshore Benin - Seatrade Maritime NewsFive crew kidnapped by pirates from PIL cargoship offshore Benin  Seatrade Maritime News

Worldwide Cashew Kernel Industry to 2025 - Featuring AVC Nuts, Cashew Group and KardiaNuts Among Others - PRNewswireWorldwide Cashew Kernel Industry to 2025 - Featuring AVC Nuts, Cashew Group and KardiaNuts Among Others  PRNewswire

UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 18: 25 July-7 August 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebUNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 18: 25 July-7 August 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Made in Africa: Ancient art by the craftsmen of Benin - CGTNMade in Africa: Ancient art by the craftsmen of Benin  CGTN

West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest, 28 September 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebWest and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest, 28 September 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

Benin regulator orders online media ‘without authorization’ to halt publication - CPJ Press Freedom OnlineBenin regulator orders online media ‘without authorization’ to halt publication  CPJ Press Freedom Online

Benin tricycle rider jailed over assault on FRSC officials - The PunchBenin tricycle rider jailed over assault on FRSC officials  The Punch

Alarm over criminalisation of Benin Bronze protester Blog Art Law & More - LexologyAlarm over criminalisation of Benin Bronze protester Blog Art Law & More  Lexology

UNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 22: 18 September - 2 October 2020 - Benin - ReliefWebUNICEF Benin COVID-19 Situation Report No. 22: 18 September - 2 October 2020 - Benin  ReliefWeb

French MPs approve return of looted artefacts to Benin and Senegal - EuronewsFrench MPs approve return of looted artefacts to Benin and Senegal  Euronews

GE Grid Solutions takes on Benin's high-voltage substation project - ESI AfricaGE Grid Solutions takes on Benin's high-voltage substation project  ESI Africa

Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on the Sixth Review for Benin's Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Arrangement - International Monetary FundReaches Staff-Level Agreement on the Sixth Review for Benin's Extended Credit Facility (ECF) Arrangement  International Monetary Fund

Formalizing land rights can reduce forest loss: Experimental evidence from Benin - Science AdvancesFormalizing land rights can reduce forest loss: Experimental evidence from Benin  Science Advances

Prince Philip endorses HMS Magpie's new motto - In Your AreaPrince Philip endorses HMS Magpie's new motto  In Your Area

Benin restores slavery monuments to testify to brutal past - FRANCE 24Benin restores slavery monuments to testify to brutal past  FRANCE 24

Benin to celebrate 60 years since independance - Africanews EnglishBenin to celebrate 60 years since independance  Africanews English

Benin: Elections Without Credible Opposition Sees Democratic Setback - Africanews EnglishBenin: Elections Without Credible Opposition Sees Democratic Setback  Africanews English