Describes how major projects are secured and financed. Explains activities of the multilateral development banks in and other aid-funded projects.
Government procurements are issued in accordance with the Beninese procurement code. Tenders from the central government and state-owned enterprises are announced in major newspapers, particularly in the state-owned newspaper “La Nation,” and posted on the Government of Benin’s website for public tenders. Bidders are required to submit proposals in French. Many governments finance public works projects through borrowing from the Multilateral Development Banks.
Selling to the Government
U.S. companies bidding on Government tenders may also qualify for U.S. Government advocacy. A unit of the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, the Advocacy Center coordinates U.S. Government interagency advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. exporters bidding on public sector contracts with international governments and government agencies. The Advocacy Center works closely with our network of the U.S. Commercial Service worldwide and inter-agency partners to ensure that exporters of U.S. products and services have the best possible chance of winning government contracts. Advocacy assistance can take many forms but often involves the U.S. Embassy or other U.S. Government agencies expressing support for the U.S. bidders directly to the foreign government. Consult Advocacy for Foreign Government Contracts for additional information.
Financing of Projects
Multilateral Development Banks and Financing Government Sales. Price, payment terms, and financing can be a significant factor in winning a government contract. Many governments finance public works projects through borrowing from the Multilateral Development Banks (MDB). A helpful guide for working with the MDBs is the Guide to Doing Business with the Multilateral Development Banks (PDF). The U.S. Department of Commerce’s (USDOC) International Trade Administration (ITA) has a Foreign Commercial Service Officer stationed at each of the five different Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs): the African Development Bank; the Asian Development Bank; the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; the Inter-American Development Bank; and the World Bank.
- Commercial Liaison Office to the African Development Bank
- Trade Finance Guide: A Quick Reference for U.S. Exporters, published by the International Trade Administration’s industry & Analysis team
- Export-Import Bank of the United States https://www.exim.gov/
- Country Limitation Schedule https://www.exim.gov/tools-for-exporters/country-limitation-schedule
- Development Finance Corporation https://www.dfc.gov/
- U.S. Trade and Development Agency https://ustda.gov/SBA’s Office of International Trade https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-locations/headquarters-offices/office-international-tradeUSDA Commodity Credit Corporation https://www.usda.gov/cccU.S. Agency for International Development https://www.usaid.gov/ https://www.marches-publics.bj/ https://cci.bj/