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Overview: Benin

 Education has made significant progress in terms of access and enrolment. The gross enrolment rate in primary schools increased from 110.6 per cent in 2010 to 111.5 per cent in 2011. The number of pupils in lower secondary school rose sharply and the number of students has nearly doubled in recent years. Unfortunately, this quantitative progress has not come with improvement in quality and efficiency. The system has been stagnating in the rate of completion of primary education at around 64 per cent over the past five years, against the 88 per cent target, making it unlikely that Benin will reach MDG 2 on achieving universal primary education. 

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Profile: Benin

In the space of 10 pages the Profile covers the following:

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: République du Bénin (Republic of Benin)
Head of State: President Boni Yayi (from 2006: re-elected 13 Mar 2011)
Head of government: Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou (from 18 June 2015)
Ruling party: Forces Cauri pour un Bénin Emergent (FCBE) (Cauri Forces for an Emerging Benin) (elected 2007; re-elected 30 Apr 2011)
Area: 112,622 square km
Population: 10.59 million (2014) *(8,849,892; 2010, census figure)
Capital: Cotonou (seat of government); Porto-Novo (administrative)
Official language: French
Currency: CFA franc (CFAf) = 100 centimes (Communauté Financière Africaine (African Financial Community) franc).
Exchange rate: CFAf655.96 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$822 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 5.48% (2014)*
GDP: US$8.70 billion (2014)*
Inflation: -1.00% (2014)*
Balance of trade: -US$559.50 million (2012)
* estimated figure

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