May 252014
Benin : IMF Executive Board Completes Sixth Review

IMF Executive Board Completes Sixth Review Under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for Benin and Approves US$16.4 Million Disbursement COTONOU, Benin, May 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the sixth review of Benin’s economic performance under a program supported by the Extended Credit Facility […]

Benin’s National Day

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Aug 012013

WASHINGTON, August 1, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC July 31, 2013   On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Benin as you celebrate the 53rd anniversary of your nation’s independence on August 1. The United States […]

Jul 242013

Worrying climate outlook for West Africa’s Volta basin DAKAR, 23 July (IRIN) – Drastic water loss in West Africa’s River Volta basin – covering Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, and Togo – could deprive millions of people of food and hydropower in coming years due to climate change, researchers predict. Higher average temperatures, […]

Malaria in Benin

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Jul 082013
Malaria in Benin

Malaria in Africa is a huge issue and impacts on the economy through the many hours missed by workers. Malaria is endemic  and you can see the areas at risk from malaria in the map below. Rob Baker and his family lived in Benin. You’ll notice that Cotonou (far south of Benin, the broccoli-shaped country in West […]

Apr 132013
Rob Baker : What's that vehicle carrying ?

I lost count of the weird and wonderful overloaded vehicles I saw in various African countries. Sometimes you wonder how the vehicle keeps on the road – or is allowed on the road.  The principle appears to be – as long as the vehicle still moves it is OK. We even contributed to the vehicle […]

Apr 072013
Rob Baker : A visit to the King of Allada, Benin

Guest Post by Rob Baker, ethnomusicologist On Friday, Rob went to meet the King of Allada! Here’s his royal palace: Not quite Buckingham, but not to worry! We had to wait for a couple of hours before he would grant us an audience, then we were invited into his throne room. Here’s the throne: Each […]

Mar 302013
Rob Baker : I love Africa because ....

Rob Baker is an ethnomusicologist who has worked in West Africa. This guest post about every day life in Benin and Mali is the first in a series he is contributing to SocioLingo Africa. 1. Recycling is part of everyday life, which can result in some extremely resourceful uses of waste: 2. People always find […]

Jan 252013
Benin TV director convicted for offending president

NEW YORK, January 25, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — An appellate court in Benin should overturn the conviction and toss out a prison sentence handed to the director of a private television stationlast week in connection with a broadcast of a press conference in September in which a former presidential adviser criticized President Boni Yayi, […]

Jan 102013
New EU initiative to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

A new project combats piracy BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, January 10, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A new project which will boost security and the safety of maritime routes across seven African countries in the Gulf of Guinea was announced today by the European Union. The Critical Maritime Routes in the Gulf of Guinea Programme […]

Jan 042013
Africa IMF Reports : Benin 2012

IMF Reports for Benin 2012 Press Release: Benin and IMF to Co-Host High-Level Conference On Public Service Reform Press Release: Concluding Statement by an IMF Mission to Benin Press Release: IMF Executive Board Completes Third Review Under Benin’s Extended Credit Facility Arrangement and Approves US$16.4 Million Disbursement Country Report No. 12/99: Benin: […]