On May 7, the U.S. Mission in collaboration with Benin Ministry of Sports and local partners organized the first ever triathlon in Benin, called “Tri for the Planet” with an emphasis on the environment.
From Feb. 1-4, with Mission Driven Alumni Funding from ECA’s Alumni Affairs Office, U.S. Embassy Cotonou hosted 35 youth from Benin and 15 from Niger for a TechCamp.
Before a crowd of nearly 1,000 students, Mission’s Public Affairs Officer, Paco Perez, award-winning actor, Djimon Hounsou, USAID/BENIN HIV-AIDS specialist Tom Van Boven, and Vice Prime Minister of Benin, Professor Francois Abiola all provided passionate remarks commemorating world AIDS day.
Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn provided keynote remark at the launch of the Junior AWEP program created through a PAS grant on November 24. Thirty Beninese teenage and early 20’s females from four different regions of Benin attended the launch which was followed by an interactive session led by successful Beninese businesswomen.
We proudly serve the American people by supporting the
government and citizens of Benin in their aspirations for a stronger democracy;
by joining forces to combat international threats affecting the security of
Beninese and Americans alike; and by partnering for a healthier, more inclusive
and prosperous Benin closely allied with the United States.
Team work, integrity and dedication make it possible!
Security Message for U.S. Citizens:Highlighting New Worldwide Caution March 25, 2016
The U.S. Embassy would like to remind U.S. citizens of the updated Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on March 03, 2016. This caution replaces the Worldwide Caution dated July 29, 2015.
With the recent terrorist attacks in Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso and Brussels, the U.S. Embassy Cotonou would like to remind citizens of the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Terrorists have targeted areas such as hotels, schools, restaurants, and bars associated with the international community. U.S. citizens are encouraged to maintain a high level of security vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.
Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations and social media for updates. Avoid areas where large crowds gather whenever possible and exercise caution.
For further information:
- See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Benin.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou. The U.S. Embassy in Cotonou is located on Marina Boulevard and is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Embassy's mailing address is 01 BP 2012, Cotonou, Benin. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Embassy is (229) 21-30-06-50.
- Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in Benin that, due to safety and security concerns, official travel by U.S. Embassy employees to Parc W, the regional national park on Benin’s northeastern border with Niger and Burkina Faso, will now be considered on a case by case basis.
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