Benin is a LDC with a strong agricultural potential. Its main exports are cotton, cashews, shea butter, textiles, palm products, seafood and increasingly pineapple for which ITC participated in increasing south-south cooperation with Maghreb countries (Morocco and Tunisia). Under the JITAP Programme ITC has also helped the country to develop two (2) export strategies on cashew nut and cassava and has also assisted Benin in the ACCESS programme under PACT2. The country is currently undertaking a one of a kind tier 2 project under the Enhanced Integrated Framework which would involve three UN agencies (ITC, UNIDO, UNCTAD) aimed at enhancing the country’s production and trade capacities.
In terms of regional integration, Benin is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD). Benin plays an important role in sub-regional trade thanks in particular to the Port of Cotonou which makes Benin a transit country for the transport of goods to and from Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad and Nigeria.
Notes: Top 20 products listed in decreasing order of their export potential to the world. Development indicators are relative to the country’s current situation, green indicating performance above its trade-weighted median and red otherwise. A blank cell indicates that data are not available. A blank cell in export potential means that the product was not consistently demanded over five years by any country in the respective region. Exports (US$ thousand) correspond to average exports to the world over the period 2009-2013.