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    Benin Economy - 2004
    https://immigration-usa.com/wfb2004/benin/benin_economy.html
    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Economy - overview:
      The economy of Benin remains underdeveloped and dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade. Growth in real output has averaged a stable 5% in the past six years, but rapid population rise has offset much of this increase. Inflation has subsided over the past several years. In order to raise growth still further, Benin plans to attract more foreign investment, place more emphasis on tourism, facilitate the development of new food processing systems and agricultural products, and encourage new information and communication technology. The 2001 privatization policy should continue in telecommunications, water, electricity, and agriculture in spite of initial government reluctance. The Paris Club and bilateral creditors have eased the external debt situation, while pressing for speeded-up structural reforms.

      GDP:
      purchasing power parity - $7.742 billion (2003 est.)

      GDP - real growth rate:
      5.5% (2003 est.)

      GDP - per capita:
      purchasing power parity - $1,100 (2003 est.)

      GDP - composition by sector:
      agriculture: 38%
      industry: 15%
      services: 47% (2002 est.)

      Population below poverty line:
      37% (2001 est.)

      Household income or consumption by percentage share:
      lowest 10%: NA%
      highest 10%: NA%

      Inflation rate (consumer prices):
      3.3% (2002 est.)

      Labor force:
      NA (1996)

      Unemployment rate:
      NA% (October 2000)

      Budget:
      revenues: $377.4 million
      expenditures: $561.8 million, including capital expenditures of $NA (2001)

      Industries:
      textiles, food processing, chemical production, construction materials (2001)

      Industrial production growth rate:
      8.3% (2001 est.)

      Electricity - production:
      274.3 million kWh (2001)

      Electricity - production by source:
      fossil fuel: 14.2%
      hydro: 85.8%
      other: 0% (2001)
      nuclear: 0%

      Electricity - consumption:
      631.1 million kWh (2001)

      Electricity - exports:
      0 kWh (2001)

      Electricity - imports:
      376 million kWh (2001)

      Oil - production:
      700 bbl/day (2001 est.)

      Oil - consumption:
      11,500 bbl/day (2001 est.)

      Oil - exports:
      NA

      Oil - imports:
      NA

      Oil - proved reserves:
      4.105 million bbl (1 January 2002)

      Natural gas - proved reserves:
      608.8 million cu m (1 January 2002)

      Agriculture - products:
      cotton, corn, cassava (tapioca), yams, beans, palm oil, peanuts, livestock (2001)

      Exports:
      $485 million f.o.b. (2003 est.)

      Exports - commodities:
      cotton, crude oil, palm products, cocoa

      Exports - partners:
      India 27.3%, Italy 12.1%, Indonesia 8.1%, China 7.6%, Thailand 7.1%, UK 5.1%, Niger 4.5% (2002)

      Imports:
      $726 million f.o.b. (2003 est.)

      Imports - commodities:
      foodstuffs, capital goods, petroleum products

      Imports - partners:
      China 30%, France 15.3%, UK 4.7%, Italy 4.1% (2002)

      Debt - external:
      $1.6 billion (2000)

      Economic aid - recipient:
      $342.6 million (2000)

      Currency:
      Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF); note - responsible authority is the Central Bank of the West African States

      Currency code:
      XOF

      Exchange rates:
      Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XOF) per US dollar - 581.2 (2003), 696.99 (2002), 733.04 (2001), 711.98 (2000), 615.7 (1999)

      Fiscal year:
      calendar year


      NOTE: The information regarding Benin on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Benin Economy 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Benin Economy 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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