Benin is a least-developed Sub-Saharan country with a tradition of substantial government intervention in the economy. Benin’s GNI per capita has gone from US $ 530 in 2005 to 780 US $ in 2012. There appears to be very considerable room for improving the business climate since Benin’s WB Doing Business rating has slipped from 129th in 2006 to 175th in 2012.
In some respects the life of an entrepreneur in Benin has been made even more difficult: e.g. while it took 3 procedures and 50 days to register property in 2005, it took 4 procedures and 120 days in 2012.
Benin’s employers’ national and international interests are being represented by the Conseil National du Patronat du Benin (CNPB), a member of the International Organisation of Employers.
DECP undertook 2 missions to Benin, but at present no activities are being undertaken between DECP and the CNPB.