Focus Report

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Although Benin is known as a cotton producer and is actively working to boost value-added activities in the textiles and garments sector, the country has also been looking to increase its industrial footprint more broadly, leveraging large-scale projects to expand its energy and transport infrastructure and develop special economic zones (SEZs). Momentum for such projects stems from a June 2017 law outlining regulations for the creation, operation and maintenance of SEZs to boost Benin’s industrial capacity, attract foreign investment and capture more export revenue.

This Focus Report includes an interview with Hamet Aguemon, minister and adviser to the president of the republic for investment; a viewpoint from Laurent Gangbes, director-general of the Agency for Promotion of Investment and Exports; and a case study and viewpoint from the Autonomous Port of Cotonou.

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