Benin - Country Commercial Guide

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-09-29


The Government of Benin’s 2016  action plan at (French acronym PAG) is the country’s largest planned infrastructure venture in recent history.  It seeks to leverage Public-Private Partnerships to advance infrastructure projects for a new international airport, the proposed extension and modernization of the Port of Cotonou and improving or building new roads supporting major transport routes.  At an estimated $2 billion, the Benin-Niger railway is another key project that calls for the rehabilitation and extension of 1000 km of railway infrastructure from Cotonou to Niamey.  These projects have the potential to greatly increase regional trade and significantly boost container traffic at the Port.  The tourism sector is growing with the construction of new hotels in Cotonou, and with the PAG’s planned expansion of tourism facilities in several parts of the country.  Increasing security concerns in the north of Benin may impact some of the expansion and demand.  The PAG also foresees a significant increase in water infrastructure to fulfill its goal of bringing potable water to rural populations.

Leading Sub-Sectors

Best products/prospects include road, airport, seaport, and railway construction, water supply infrastructure, and construction of hotels, housing, and commercial centers.


The Government of Benin is dedicated to realizing the projects laid out in the PAG, which it considers the best opportunity to potential investors to tap into the Beninese market and meet the needs it has identified.