Latest 10 Jobs in Benin
|1||BH0003||Chef d'atelier chantier Autoroute - Bénin||view|
|2||IJ351||Site Manager (Caterpillar Experience) - Hydraulic Shovel - Benin - West Africa||view|
|3||IJ305||Workshop Manager (Caterpillar Experience) - Benin - West Africa||view|
|4||IJ304||Project Manager (Caterpillar Experience) - Benin - West Africa||view|
|5||IJ303||Team Leader (Caterpillar Experience) - Shift Supervisor - Benin - West Africa||view|
|6||IJ302||Technical Coordinator (Caterpillar Experience) - Benin - West Africa||view|
|7||IJ301||Technical Instructor (Caterpillar Experience) - Benin - West Africa||view|
|8||IJ300||After Sales Inspector (Caterpillar Experience) - Parts - Service - Benin - West Africa||view|
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Country Information about Benin
Natural Resources: small offshore oil deposits, limestone, marble, timber
Benin (officially "Republic of Benin") is a nation in western Africa between Nigeriaon the east and Togo on the west. Its geography is a narrow strip of land running north-south. In the south, its' coast faces onto the Bight of Benin on the east Atlantic Ocean.
Benin's major environmental issues include: inadequate supplies of potable water; poaching threatens wildlife populations; deforestation; and desertification.
Present day Benin was the site of Dahomey, a prominent West African kingdom that rose in the 15th century. The territory became a French Colony in 1872 and achieved independence on 1 August 1960, as the Republic of Benin. A succession of military governments ended in 1972 with the rise to power of Mathieu Krekou and the establishment of a government based on Marxist-Leninist principles. A move to representative government began in 1989. Two years later, free elections ushered in former Prime Minister Nicephore Soglo as president, marking the first successful transfer of power in Africa from a dictatorship to a democracy. Kerekou was returned to power by elections held in 1996 and 2001, though some irregularities were alleged. Kerekou stepped down at the end of his second term in 2006 and was succeeded by Thomas Yayi Boni, a political outsider and independent. Yayi has begun a high profile fight against corruption and has strongly promoted accelerating Benin's economic growth
The economy of Benin remains underdeveloped and dependent on subsistence agriculture, cotton production, and regional trade. Growth in real output has averaged around 5% in the past seven years, but rapid population growth 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. Specific projects to improve the business climate by reforms to the land tenure system, the commercial justice system, and the financial sector were included in Benin's $307 million Millennium Challenge Account grant signed in February 2006. The 2001 privatization policy continues in telecommunications, water, electricity, and agriculture though the government annulled the privatization of Benin's state cotton company in November 2007 after the discovery of irregularities in the bidding process. The Paris Club and bilateral creditors have eased the external debt situation, with Benin benefiting from a G8 debt reduction announced in July 2005, while pressing for more rapid structural reforms. An insufficient electrical supply continues to adversely affect Benin's economic growth though the government recently has taken steps to increase domestic power production.
GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $12.1 billion (2007 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate): $5.433 billion (2007 est.)
GDP - real growth rate: 4.2% (2007 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $1,500 (2007 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:
services: 52.3% (2007 est.)
Population Below Poverty Line: 37.4% (2007 est.)
Industries: textiles, food processing, construction materials, cement
Exports: cotton, cashews, shea butter, textiles, palm products, seafood
Export Partners: China 23.1%, Indonesia 8.3%, India 7.2%, Niger 5.8%, Togo 4.7%, Nigeria 4.7%, Belgium 4% (2006)
Imports: foodstuffs, capital goods, petroleum products
Import Partners: China 45.1%, France 8.2%, US 6.6%, Thailand 6.4%, Malaysia 4.8% (2006)
Economic Aid Recipient: $374.7 million (2006)
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XOF)
Ports and Terminals: Cotonou
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