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Canada-Benin fact sheet

Official Title:
Republic of Benin

General Information

Capital: Porto Novo (admin.); Cotonou
Population (million): 11.81
Total Area: 114,763km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 443.12 Franc CFA (XOF) (2019- 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: Shadiya Alimatou ASSOUMAN
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 2019(legislative) March 2016 (presidential). Next: 2023(legislative) and 2020 (presidential).

Economic Information (2019)

Comparative figures
Type Benin Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 18.91 2,277.52
GDP per capita: ($) 1,600.83 60,806.37
GDP growth rate: (%) 6.4 1.64
Inflation: (%) -0.93 1.95
Unemployment: (%) 0 5.67

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2019)

Canadian exports to country: $33,575,293
Canadian imports from country: $1,082,062
FDI in Canada (2018): $ million
CDI in the country (2018): $5 million

Source: Statistics Canada

Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Pending

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

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 figure is unavailable.

Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Benin
Year Exports Imports
2015 $34,871,378 $18,102
2016 $18,842,483 $259,794
2017 $26,053,514 $374,191
2018 $31,492,899 $1,304,434
2019 $33,575,293 $1,082,062
21 HS Sections (2019)
Canada - Benin
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $5,447,671 $8,536
02 Veg. Prod. $32,817 $798,962
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $90,612
04 Food Prod. $147,511 $124
05 Mineral Prod. $100 $6
06 Chemical Prod. $4,496 $73,019
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $ $1,249
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $52,502 $46
09 Wood Prod. $13,056 $82
10 Paper Prod. $18,872 $
11 Textiles Prod. $4,937,933 $36,263
12 Dress Access. $737,037 $52
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $ $
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $345
15 Base Metal Prod. $133,092 $45,485
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $267,500 $8,054
17 Vehicles and Equip. $21,464,060 $7
18 Specialized Inst. $45,818 $
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $27,832 $
21 Antiques $18 $19,220


July 2020
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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