WTO accession
22 February 1996
Population
9,099,922
Per capita growth rate (%)
-0.3
WB Ease of Doing Business rank
172
Share of international non-oil trade (%)
0.768
Logistics performance Index (LPI)
2.79
2011 data - Sources: UNCTAD, World Bank, WTO, UN Comtrade

Benin's Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) was validated in March 2006 with support from the World Bank and Denmark. The priority actions identified in the DTIS Action Matrix were incorporated in Benin's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP), which was adopted in February 2007. The key DTIS recommendations incorporated in the PRSP included chapters on private sector support, diversification of the economy, promotion of regional integration and transport. Benin's current PRSP, the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) 2011-2015 has also incorporated its trade priorities.

 

Under the IF, Benin benefited from Window II projects in 2007 including the financing of "Support Programme for Exports Development" (PADEX) with technical support of ITC, UNCTAD and UNDP. PADEX's objective was to help Benin integrate better into the multilateral trading system by promoting and diversifying its exports, products and services. These included fruits and vegetables, cashew nuts and tourism. The PADEX project was closed in August 2010.

Description of the projects (objectives and interventions)

Under the EIF, Benin's Tier 1 project was approved and is under implementation since September 2011. This project, "Support to National Implementation Arrangements" (NIAs) builds on earlier efforts under the IF and, aims to better integrate Benin into the global trading system with a view to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Under the Tier 1 project, Benin has carried out 6 major sectoral studies including: on the development and promotion of sustainable and community tourism in Abomey, Ganvie and Ouidah; on the competitiveness of the cashew nut sector; on the development of the agro-industry and commerce in Benin; survey on the capacity of trade information providers; national survey on export related trade information; and value chain study on the development and promotion of sustainable tourism. 

Benin's DTIS Update (DTISU) was approved by the EIF Board in March 2013 and is on- going with the World Bank as the Main Implementing Entity (MIE).

Main progresses to date

Trade priorities have been included in Benin's PRSP, the Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy (GPRS) 2011-2015 and coordination mechanisms have been put in place to ensure its implementation, including developing a trade strategy to update the GPRS. Trade has also been integrated in sectoral strategies on agriculture, industry, tourism and transport.

Benin is implementing a capacity-building plan including various activities on improving the competitiveness of the cashew sector as well as support to sustainable land management around the lakeside town of Ganvié crafting handmade items using water hyacinths. These capacity building efforts have mainly targeted women entrepreneurs.

Public-private sector consultative mechanism was launched in October 2012 under the leadership of the President of Benin.

Outlook

Work is under way with preparations a Tier 2 project proposal with assistance from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), ITC and UNCTAD on supporting productive and trade capacities of Benin. The EIF National Implementation Unit (NIU) is also working on another Tier 2 proposal on developing inclusive sustainable tourism in Benin.

Outcome 1: Sufficient Institutional and management capacity built in EIF countries to formulate and implement Trade related strategies & implementation plans
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O1.1 Tier 1 ' Support to NIAs' project completed or under implementationNoYes
O1.2 EIF Country with complete, up-to-date validated DTIS Action MatricesNoNo
O1.3 Level of capacity of NIU to perform fiduciary programme management for Tier 1 projectN/A2
O1.4 Country with up-to date trade strategiesNoNo
O1.5 Country with quality trade strategyN/AN/A
O1.6 Country with quality trade strategy implementedN/AN/A
Outcome 2: EIF countries mainstream trade into their national development strategies and plans
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O2.1 Trade in PRSP and/or National development strategiesN/A3
O2.2 Existence of productive sector strategies integrating the trade dimensionYesYes
O2.3 Functioning public/private consultation mechanismN/A1
Outcome 3: Coordinated delivery of trade related resources (funding, TA etc.) by donors & implementing agencies to implement country priorities following adoption of DTIS Action Matrix
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O3.1 Availability of an annual rolling implementation overview integrating all trade-related government & donor-supported activities (including gender & environment)NoNo
O3.2 Frequency of government and donor consultations on trade-related matters41
O3.3 UN CEB Cluster activities based on DTIS Matrix priorities in EIF CountriesYesYes
O3.4 Country with joint donor initiatives in the trade area (such as need assessment; strategy formulations; programming; pooled funding; M&E; etc.)YesYes
Outcome 4: EIF Countries secure resources in support of initiatives that address DTIS Action Matrix priorities
Outcome IndicatorBaseline2013201420152016
O4.1 Country with implementation plan integrating DTIS/Action Matrix priorities and indicating financing needs to be met through ODAN/A3
O4.2 Country where a Government budget exists for implementation of its trade strategyNoNo
O4.4 Number of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix14
O4.4.1 Amount of projects funded by donors related to the DTIS Action Matrix (Million USD)194

Through capacity building efforts, tourism products have been developed and promoted within the communities of Abomey, Ganvié and Ouidah. These tourism products have contributed to sustainable tourism in Benin, with women groups being trained in the art of crafting handmade items using the water hyacinth. Additionally, to further improve the competitiveness of the cashew sector, cashew stakeholders' capacities have been developed and 15,300 jute bags have been provided to cashew producer groups.

DTIS Update

Starting date / End date
11/03/2013
Approved Budget
200,000
Board Approval Date
11/08/2011
Disbursement
200,000
Expenditure Reported
196,114
MOU Approval Date
11/03/2013
MOU Expiry Date
30/06/2015
Phase
Completed

NIA Support (T1 Phase 1 and 2)

Starting date / End date
22/09/2011
Approved Budget
1,199,991
Board Approval Date
11/08/2011
Disbursement
1,199,991
Expenditure Reported
1,186,945
MOU Approval Date
19/09/2011
MOU Expiry Date
31/10/2016
Phase
Implementation

Renforcement des capacités productives et commerciales (RCPC)

Starting date / End date
13/01/2015
Approved Budget
2,999,089
Board Approval Date
24/07/2014
Disbursement
1,807,831
Expenditure Reported
774,123
MOU Approval Date
31/12/2014
MOU Expiry Date
31/12/2017
Phase
Implementation

Focal Point

M. Jean-Bernard FAVI
Direction Générale Commerce, Directeur Général
MICA
Ministère de l'Industrie du Commerce et Artisanat
Cotonou, Benin
Tel: 0022921307026

NIU Coordinator

Dr. Euloge HOUNGBO
Coordinateur National du Programme du CI
01 BP 8270
Cotonou, Benin
Tel: '+229 21 14 69 45, +229 21 31 05 30, +229 95 15 59 30, +229 93 98 86 74

Donor Facilitator

S.E.M. David QUENUM
Amb. Netherlands
Netherlands Embassy
-
-, Benin
Tel: -

WB Contact

Mr. David Cal MAC WILLIAM
Senior Economist
The World Bank
-
-, Benin
Tel: +1 202 473 8137
Mr. Jean-Christophe MAUR
Senior Economist (only for DTIS)
The World Bank
-
-, Benin
Tel: +1 202 473 6360

UNDP Contact

M. Gilbert POUMANGUÉ
Représentant Résident Adjoint
UNDP
, Benin
Tel: -
Mr. HOUSSOU ACHILLE
Représentant résident
01BP506 Lot 111
Cotonou, Benin
Tel: +229 21 31 30 45

Other

S.E.Mme. Madina SEPHOU
Ministre de l'Industrie, du Commerce, des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises
Ministère de l'Industrie, du Commerce, des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises
-
Cotonou, Benin
Tel: 00229 21 30 70 18
Mme. S.E.Mme. Naomie AZARIA HOUNHOUI
Ministre
Ministère de l'Industrie, du Commerce, des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises
01BP363
Cotonou, Benin
Tel: '+229 21 30 76 45/46, +229 64416565
Benin DTIS Update 2015
Benin Annual Progress Report 2013
EIF LDCs Photo Competition Album
Benin Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper 2011
Progress Report on the Growth Strategy for Poverty Reduction (SCRP), August 2007
Growth Strategy for Poverty Reduction (SCRP), April 2007
Benin: Etude Diagnostique d'Intégration au Commerce (EDIC)/ Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) 2005
Benin Matrice d'Action/ Action Matrix 2005
Aide-Mémoire - Preparatory Mission / Mission Préliminaire
The EIF partnership approach is delivering for the LDCs
EIF Executive Director briefs LDC Ambassadors and Heads of Delegation at WTO LDC Consultative Group Meeting
EIF Executive Director briefs LDC Ambassadors and Heads of Delegation at WTO LDC Consultative Group Meeting
EIF Executive Director briefs LDC Ambassadors and Heads of Delegation at WTO LDC Consultative Group Meeting
WTO General Council discusses EIF Implementation as part of the WTO Bali and Nairobi Ministerial outcomes
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