Country Report Benin April 2008

Outlook for 2008-09: International relations

Mr Yayi will continue to strengthen relations with neighbouring countries and seek increased economic co-operation with other countries, particularly China, Libya and Brazil. Benin's relations with Nigeria are expected to improve, owing to the relaxation of the Nigerian restriction on imports from Benin and measures to encourage economic partnerships. Following the resolution of the frontier dispute with Niger in 2007, efforts to redefine the 870-km Benin-Nigeria border and to formalise trade relations will also continue. However, a new frontier dispute with neighbouring Burkina Faso arose in early 2008, although both sides have promised a peaceful resolution. Encouraged by Benin's record of political stability, donors, especially the EU countries, will continue to support its economic programme through bilateral and multilateral aid.

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