Benin

Benin, officially the Republic of Benin, borders Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is located in the country's largest city of Cotonou.
BASIC INDICATORS
CapitalPorto-Novo
Population9.2 million
Official LanguageFrench
National LanguageFon, Ge, Bariba, Yoruba, Dendi
Area 112,622 sq km (43,484 sq miles)
(source: BBC.co.uk)

ECONOMIC INDICATORS
Monetary UnitCommunaute Financiere Africaine (CFA)
GDP Total (PPP)$13.58 billion (2009)
Per capita $1,500 (2009)
GDP (Official Exchange Rate) $6.65 billion (2009)
GDP Growth (Annual %) 2.7% (2009)
(source: CIA.gov)

TRADE POLICY
WTO accession Date22 February 1996
Trade Policy review Dates4, 6 October 2010
Contribution to WTO budget0.015
Services sectors with GATS commitments12
(WTO.org)

TRADE STATISTICS
Exports of goods and services14%
Main Export CommoditiesCotton, palm oil
Imports of goods and services28%
Import Commodities
(2008) (World Development Indicators Database 2010)

WORLD DOING BUSINESS RANKING
2010 2009 Change
Starting a business-
Closing a business-
Dealing with construction permits-
-
Registering property-
Getting credit-
Protecting investors-
Paying taxes-
Trading across borders-
Enforcing contracts-
(Source: The World Bank Group)