Factsheet : Benin

Official Title:
Republic of Benin


General Information

Capital: Porto Novo (admin.); Cotonou
Population (million): 11.13
Total Area: 114,763km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 447.22 Franc CFA (XOF) (2016- Annual average)
National Holiday: 1 August, Independence Day
Language(s): French, Fon, Yoruba, other languages


Political Information

Type of State:
Presidential Republic

Type of Government:
Unicameral National Assembly (83 members)

Head of State:
President Patrice TALON

Head of Government:
President Patrice TALON

Ministers:
Foreign Affairs: Aurélien AGBENONCI
Industry and Commerce: Lazare SEHOUETO
Economy and Finance: Romuald WADAGNI

Main Political Parties:
Cowry Forces for an Emerging Benin (FCBE), Union Makes the Nation(UN), an alliance of opposition political parties made up notably of the Democratic Renewal Party (PRD), the African Movement for Development and Progress (MADEP), the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Key Force and others.

Elections:
Last: April 2015 (legislative) March 2016 (presidential). Next: 2019 (legislative) and 2020 (presidential).


Economic Information (2016)

Comparative figures
Type Benin Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 11.36 2,026.09
GDP per capita: ($) 1,020.90 55,924.85
GDP growth rate: (%) 4.03 1.47
Inflation: (%) -0.81 1.41
Unemployment: (%) 0 7

Product Trade and Investment (2016)

Canadian exports to country: $18,842,483
Canadian imports from country: $259,794
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in Benin: $ million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Chargé d’affaires a.i. Patricia AKOUVIA QUENUM

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Designate Edmond Dejon WEGA (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)


January 2018
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Benin
Year Exports Imports
2012 $22,242,343 $85,775
2013 $23,078,272 $172,324
2014 $30,526,405 $15,118
2015 $34,871,378 $18,102
2016 $18,842,483 $259,794
Product trade (2016)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Benin
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $1,639,349 $5,941
02 Veg. Prod. $600 $156,998
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $3,495
04 Food Prod. $147,619 $612
05 Mineral Prod. $ $
06 Chemical Prod. $10,041 $16,495
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $341 $23
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $ $
09 Wood Prod. $ $84
10 Paper Prod. $377,806 $6,324
11 Textiles Prod. $2,113,483 $
12 Dress Access. $ $
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $492 $
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $63,581
15 Base Metal Prod. $29,042 $
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $424,932 $5,128
17 Vehicles and Equip. $13,836,380 $614
18 Specialized Inst. $19,232 $
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $53,145 $355
21 Antiques $ $144