On the interstate road linking Cotonou to farms in the north of the country, the Glo-Djigbé industrial zone (GDIZ) is taking shape. Soon, the prefabs installed at the entrance will give way to the buildings of the commercial part, the backhoes to the trucks of goods, and the construction workers at those of the factories.
The idea of this industrial zone was born in 2016 as part of the Government Action Program (PAG). Arise IIP (65%) and the State (35%) establish the Société d’Investissement et de Promotion de l’Industrie (Sipi), which manages the GDIZ, with the objective of “structurally transforming the Beninese economy to use the words of President Patrice Talon. More concretely, explains Létondji Beheton, Director General (DG) of the GDIZ, this means moving from “the rent of raw agricultural products to the export of processed products” Benin, which has, in this sense, decided to ban the export of raw cashews and soybeans from 1is avril 2024.
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Ideally located 45 km from Cotonou, the industrial zone enjoys privileged access to the economic capital and the autonomous port of the latter, as well as to the airport and, soon, to a railway line attached to the network. existing. Large of 1640 hectares, the GDIZ, which will be able to accommodate a hundred companies, represents an opening towards the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a vast market of more than 400 million of consumers.