Country Facts


Basic Details
Capital CityPorto-Novo
Government Typepresidential representative democratic republic
Official LanguagesFrench
CurrencyWest African CFA franc, XOF
Phone Code +229
Important CitiesAbomey, Abomey-Calavi, Athiémè, Banikoara, Bassila, Bembèrèkè, Bétérou, Bohicon, Bori, Boukoumbé, Comè, Cotonou, Cové, Dassa-Zoumé, Djougou, Dogbo-Tota, Ganvie, Godomey
National DayIndependence Day (Aug-01)
Ease of Doing Business Ranking149
Primary IndustriesAgriculture,Financial Sector
Major ExportsCotton, Edible fruit and nuts, Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, Animal or vegetable fats and oils, Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products, Wood and articles of wood, Salt, sulphur, earths and stone, Iron and steel, Meat and edible meat offal, Residues and waste from the food industries, Preparations of vegetables,
Major Exports to IndiaCereals, Mineral fuels, mineral oils , Pharmaceutical products, Vehicles other than railway , Machinery, mechanical appliances, Electrical machinery and equipment , Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, Sugars and sugar confectionery, Ceramic products, Articles of iron or steel
Major ImportsMineral fuels, mineral oils, Cereals, Vehicles other than railway, Machinery, mechanical appliances, nuclear reactors, Animal or vegetable fats and oils, Pharmaceutical products, Fertilisers, Meat and edible meat offal, Fish and crustaceans, molluscs, Iron and steel, Electrical machinery and equipment,
Major Imports from IndiaEdible fruit and nuts, Wood and articles of wood, Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, Cotton, Residues and waste from the food industries, Mineral fuels, mineral oils , Animal or vegetable fats and oils , Electrical machinery and equipment , Vegetable plaiting materials, vegetable products, Preparations of vegetables, Aluminium and articles thereof
Foreign Relations
Trade Agreements with IndiaIndia-Benin relations were placed on a firm footing with the State visit of the then President Boni Yayi accompanied by five Cabinet ministers to India from 3 to 7 March 2009. In addition to delegation-level meeting with the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, President Boni Yayi held meetings with the President, Vice President and External Affairs Meeting. India announced a Line of Credit (LoC) of US$ 15 million for Benin during the visit. Two grants of one million dollars each for mutually identified projects in Health & Education sectors as well as setting up of an IT Centre for Excellence and a Centre of Demonstration of Technology (both on grant basis) were also agreed to. The visit concluded with five bilateral agreements with Benin including an MOU on setting up an Information Technology Centre of Excellence (CETI) in the Republic of Benin.
Bordering NationsTogo, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria
Member of(Organisation internationale de la Francophonie), ( African Union), ( Organisation of Islamic Cooperation), ( United Nations)
Indian Embassy Details for BeninH.E. Ashok R. Mirchandani
Honorary Consul General
Honorary Consulate General of India (Under High Commission of India in Nigeria)
Onsulat de L Inde, Nirvana, Lot No.1430 R , Vedoko Missogbe, Cotonou, Benin
Phone: (+234)7080622800 Ext.No.101
Embassy Details of Benin in IndiaH.E. Mr. Suresh Vaswani
Honorary Consul
Honorary Consulate of Benin
2nd FloorUmiya Landmark, 10/7Lavelle RoadBengaluru-560 001
Phone: +91-80-2248 5520 (O)