Doing Business in Benin
Exporting to Benin
President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI)http://www.export.gov/ two years ago, with the goal of doubling exports by 2014. U.S. embassies are committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Benin. In this section, you’ll find a quick description of Benin as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.
- Visit the export.gov page on Benin to get an overview of economic conditions and opportunities. Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.
The Library Includes:
- Country Commercial Guides (read latest “Doing Business In Benin” guides)
- Industry Overviews*
- Market Updates*
- Multilateral Development Bank Reports*
- Best Markets*
- Industry/Regional Reports*
- Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Benin Contact a Trade Specialist Near You (http://export.gov/eac/index.asp)
- Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs) Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
- Contact in-country business support organizations such as the American Business Club of Cotonou at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Investing in Benin
This section provides information for current and potential investors in Benin.
Potential investors: Getting Started.
If you are considering investment in Benin, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:
- Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
- Visit host country resources, such as Investment Promotion Center, at http://www.cpi-benin.com/, Benin Agency for Trade at http://www.abepec.bj/, and the Benin Chamber of Commerce and Industry http://www.ccibenin.org
- Contact local U.S. business support organizations, such as the American Business Club of Benin at email@example.com
- Subscribe to our embassy Facebook page HERE
Current investors: Staying Connected.
If you are a current U.S. investor in Benin, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:
- Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Benin, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
- Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed
- Subscribe to our embassy Facebook page HERE
- Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise
Working in Benin
In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.
For information on obtaining a visa to visit Benin, visit the nearest Benin Embassy or Consulate.. If one needed a Visa to Benin, they could find the necessary information on the Beninese Embassy website at http://www.beninembassy.us/
Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisoryhttp://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html for Benin
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.
More information on the FCPA can be found here: http://www.fcpa.us/
A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.
More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found here:http://www.morganlewis.com/documents/fcpa/FCPAOpinionProcedureReleases.pdf
- BusinessUSA.gov is the U.S. Government's official web portal to support business start-ups, growth, financing, and exporting.