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African Economic Outlook 2008

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This fact-filled reference book brings the reader the latest available economic information for most of the economies of Africa.  Drawing on the expertise of both the African Development Bank and the OECD, it opens with an overview that examines the international environment, macroeconomic performance, progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals, and governance and political issues. This edition includes a special focus on technical and vocational skills development. The second part provides individual country reports for 35 countries.  Each country report provides an assessment of recent economic performance, projections for 2008 and 2009, an examination of structural issues, and a discussion of the political and social context.  The statistical annex presents 24 tables comparing economic and social variables across all the countries of Africa.

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Benin

OECD Development Centre

BENIN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SITUATION has been peaceful for over a decade. The wide-ranging national consultation held between 19 and 28 February 1990 brought an end to the profound socio-political and economic crisis that the country suffered during the late 1980s. This consultation, known as the “Conférence nationale des forces vives” (National Conference of Dynamic Forces) was the first of its kind in Africa, and brought different strands of opinion, development organisations from various parts of the country, business and trade organisations, and religious communities together around the same table. It resulted in a number of important resolutions, notably i) to establish a liberal democracy based on respect for fundamental human liberties, ii) to promote the rule of law and iii) to adopt free-market principles.

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