Canada - Benin Relations

Diplomatic Relations

Canada and Benin established diplomatic relations in 1962, shortly after the country gained its independence in 1960. Bilateral relations between Canada and Benin are harmonious. Even if the relations between Canada and Benin are limited, the two countries frequently collaborate within the United Nations and La Francophonie and through our trade relations.

Canada in Benin           

In Benin, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Benin in Canada

Benin is represented in Canada by the Embassy of Benin in Ottawa.

Common Memberships

Trade and Investments

Trade Relations

Canada and Benin maintain stable and longstanding trade relations. Some of the most promising sectors for growth are infrastructure, education and corporate social responsibility The bilateral trade between the two countries totaled $ 34.9 million in 2015, nearly $ 34.9 million in exports and just over $ 18 000 dollars in imports, an increase of approximately 14.2% compared to 2014. The top five exports to Benin are motor vehicles and spare parts, meat, textiles, electrical and electronic equipment and machinery.

Trade Agreement

Benin’s Students in Canada

In 2015, 607 Beninese students had a valid permit to study in Canada. Education is an important aspect of Canada-Benin relations. There are many partnerships between Beninese and Canadian universities.

Development and Humanitarian Assistance

In 2014-2015, Canada invested $ 23.9 million in development assistance to Benin. In 2014, Benin has been designated as a country of focus for international development. The objective of Canada's program in international development in Benin is to help sustainable economic growth by supporting the development of a market favorable to business and the development of micro, small and medium enterprises.

The main partners are Canadian organizations (including Desjardins International Development, Oxfam Quebec, CRC Sogema, and CARE Canada) and multilateral and international organizations to which we provide institutional support and funding for specific projects (including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNICEF, and the World Bank)

Canada supported Government of Benin growth strategy for poverty reduction in 2011-2015. The main focus of this strategy were sustainable accelerated economic growth and transformation of the economy, improving infrastructure, strengthening of human capital, the promotion of good governance and the balanced and sustainable development of the country.

See Project Browser for additional information on programming in Bénin.

Canadian Contribution to Peace and Security

Canada is working with Benin to fight illegal migration. This collaboration includes the provision of technical assistance and equipment to Benin security services to improve maritime and border security. Canada is also working to strengthen regional cooperation to counter illegal migration between Benin, Togo and Ghana through activities designed to secure the borders and improve information sharing and coordination mechanisms.

Other Relevant Information

May 2016

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