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Contrary to what one might think, Africa through some of its countries, offers today several business opportunities to seize while there is still time.  Among these countries, there is BENIN REPUBLIC, which will be the subject of this article.

Located in West Africa in the tropical zone between the equator and the Tropic of Cancer (between parallels 6 ° 30 ‘and 12 ° 30’ north latitude and meridians 1 ° and 30 ° 40 ‘east longitude), it is limited to the north by the Republic of Niger on 277 km with 120 km delimited by the Niger River;  to the north-west by Burkina Faso (386 km);  to the west by Togo (651 km);  to the east by Nigeria (over 809 km);  and to the south by the Atlantic Ocean (121 km).

With an area of ​​112 622Km², it is divided into twelve departments namely: Alibori, Atacora, Atlantic, Borgou, Collines, Couffo, Donga, Littoral, Mono, Ouémé, Plateau, and Zou.

The official capital city of Benin is Porto-Novo.  Its main cities include: Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi, Djougou, Parakou, Abomey.  Apart from French, which is the official language, Benin has other local languages ​​such as: Fon, Yoruba, Goun, Mina, Bariba, Dendi, Adja, Hausa.  Its currency is the CFA Franc, and its National Day is August 1st (proclamation of independence in 1960).

Benin has two (02) types of climate:

-In the South, an equatorial climate with high humidity with alternating dry seasons (from November to March and from mid-July to mid-September) and rainy seasons (from April to mid-July and mid-September to  October).

-In the Center and the North, there is a tropical climate: a dry season from November to April and a rainy season from June to September.

The harmattan, hot and dry wind from the Sahara, blows throughout the territory during the dry season. The temperatures in Cotonou have low amplitude: the maximum varies from 28 to 32 ° C and the minimum from 23 to 26 ° C.  The annual rainfall in this city is 1245 mm.


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