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  • Bringing Basketball to Benin

    Bringing Basketball to Benin

    From August 10-15, Mission Cotonou collaborated with Africa Regional Services (ARS) for the second annual Camp Davis youth basketball camp. Former NBA player, Coach Tommy Davis, conducted the week-long camp, teaching basketball fundamentals to 50 young players (23 boys and 27 girls) between the ages of 12-18, as well as training 10 local coaches.

  • Mission Empowers Women Entrepreneurs

    Mission Empowers Women Entrepreneurs

    Following a successful joint entrepreneurship camp last year, U.S. Embassies in Lome and Cotonou teamed up to bring together 40 Beninese and 60 Togolese female entrepreneurs in Lomé for a week-long training program known as the Binational Economic Independence Course for Women (BEICW).

  • Mission Cotonou Goes Green for Independence Day

    Mission Cotonou Goes Green for Independence Day

    More than 800 guests attended the first official event at the New Embassy Compound which celebrated the 239th anniversary of U.S. Independence with an environmental theme.

  • New Embassy Compound Inaugurated

    New Embassy Compound Inaugurated

    The New Embassy Compound was officially inaugurated on July 8th. The Chargé d'Affaires, Todd Whatley, and the Under Secretary of State for Management, Patrick Kennedy, presided over the inauguration ceremony. The ribbon cutting took place in the presence of Benin's Prime Minister, Lionel Zinsou, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saliou Akadiri, and many other officials and diplomats.



  • Important Notice : Bureau of Consular Affairs

    The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. 

  • Consular closure June 25-29, 2015

    The Consular Section of the US Embassy in Cotonou will be closed from June 25, 2015 to June 29, 2015 in order to move to its new building. The Consular Section will resume normal operations on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in the new Embassy building located at Boulevard de la Marina, next to the Maison de la Francophonie. 

  • Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Land Broder Closure (April 25, 2015)

    The Beninese government has announced that Beninese land borders will be closed from tonight, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 12:00AM until Monday, April 27, 2015 at 06:00AM due to the legislative elections taking place on Sunday, April 26, 2015.  Read More »


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