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Canada-Benin fact sheet

Official Title:
Republic of Benin

General Information

Capital: Porto Novo (admin.); Cotonou
Population (million): 12.15
Total Area: 114,763km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 443.12 Franc CFA (XOF) (2020- 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 (2020)

Comparative figures
Type Benin Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 19.99 2,162.38
GDP per capita: ($) 1,645.88 56,945.03
GDP growth rate: (%) 2 -5.4
Inflation: (%) 3 0.72
Unemployment: (%) 0 9.6

Source: IMF (estimates)

Product Trade and Investment (2020)

Canadian exports to country: $24,649,231
Canadian imports from country: $595,473
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in the country: $ 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
2016 $18,842,483 $259,794
2017 $26,053,514 $374,191
2018 $31,492,899 $1,304,434
2019 $33,586,793 $1,082,062
2020 $24,649,231 $595,473
21 HS Sections (2020)
Canada - Benin
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $1,944,793 $9,890
02 Veg. Prod. $ $510,549
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $27,668 $355
04 Food Prod. $84,080 $5,018
05 Mineral Prod. $208 $
06 Chemical Prod. $5,509 $2,911
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $282,350 $7,091
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $37,777 $45
09 Wood Prod. $ $707
10 Paper Prod. $17,100 $
11 Textiles Prod. $1,075,344 $54,240
12 Dress Access. $107,670 $321
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $4,090 $
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $94
15 Base Metal Prod. $11,051 $25
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $414,433 $2,555
17 Vehicles and Equip. $20,285,172 $
18 Specialized Inst. $132,914 $
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $9,644 $97
21 Antiques $ $


May 2021
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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