U.S. Embassy Statement on Benin’s Presidential Election

Wednesday, APRIL 14, 2021 —————– The U.S. Embassy recognizes all those who exercised their democratic rights peacefully by casting ballots in Benin’s presidential elections on April 11. We call on all parties to address any grievances through processes laid out in Benin’s Constitution and laws. Violence has no place in democratic societies. We are disappointed …

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Celebration of Ramadan

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE RECORDED ON APRIL 9, 2021 APRIL 12, 2021   Today, I wish all Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season of reflection, prayer, charity, fasting, and community. Many Muslims at home and abroad will again celebrate this Ramadan differently through …

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Statement from the Embassies of Germany, the United States, France, the Netherlands and the European Union delegation

The Embassies of Germany, the United States, France, the Netherlands and the European Union delegation regret acts of violence observed on the margins of the electoral process. We express our solidarity with the victims. We call for an end to violence and for a return to calm, and express our desire that the election take …

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U.S. Army Project Increases Benin’s Healthcare Capacity and Ability to Document Births

Villagers in two communities in northeast Benin will no longer need to cross the border to give birth or receive other basic medical care with the delivery of two new medical facilities in the remote villages of Money and Godjekoara, both of which sit in the larger border region of the Commune of Malanville. The …

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Telephonic Press Briefing on the First West Africa Joint Operations Regional Exercise

SPECIAL BRIEFING VIA TELEPHONE JULIE CABUS DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY, BUREAU OF DIPLOMATIC SECURITY AND MICHAEL C. GONZALES DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY, BUREAU OF AFRICAN AFFAIRS APRIL 7, 2021   SUMMARY Telephonic press briefing on the first ever West Africa Joint Operations (WAJO) regional exercise that took place March 29-31, 2021. The briefing featured Julie Cabus, Deputy …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN General Assembly Commemorative Meeting for Intl Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York March 19, 2021 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you for convening us to commemorate this important day. And I thank the Secretary-General, Madam High Commissioner, and Dr. Iweala, for your leadership in pressing us all to do more toward the …

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Benin Human Rights Commission Prepares for Success with United States Support

March 15, 2021 – The United States Government assisted the Benin Human Rights Commission (BHRC) with training on organizational accreditation, advocacy, and investigating and reporting on acts of torture, to strengthen the BHRC’s functions as a human rights institution. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States supported three two-day workshops for …

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

Every year on March 8th, the United States joins the world in recognizing International Women’s Day by celebrating the leadership, strength, and courage of women and girls. The United States recognizes the reality that the equitable participation of women in social, political, and economic life is critical to the peace and prosperity of our collective …

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Fifth Annual English Slam Poetry Competition Honors Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

On March 4, U.S. Ambassador Patricia Mahoney presented prizes to the five winners of the 5th Annual MLK Slam English poetry competition organized by the U.S. Embassy. The winners were selected from fifty-six young Beninese who submitted slam poetry performances for the virtual competition, held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Faith Agbossou’s …

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A Proclamation on Women’s History Month, 2021

Each year, Women’s History Month offers an important opportunity for us to shine a light on the extraordinary legacy of trailblazing American women and girls who have built, shaped, and improved upon our Nation. Throughout American history, women and girls have made vital contributions, often in the face of discrimination and undue hardship. Courageous women …

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60th Anniversary of the Peace Corps 

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 1, 2021 Today, we mark the 60th anniversary of the United States Peace Corps and celebrate the volunteers and staff who have served in communities around the world, representing American values and ideals.  Established by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the Peace Corps showcases America …

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10 Million to Benefit from U.S.-Financed Increase in Benin’s Electricity Distribution Capacity

On Thursday, February 25, U.S. Ambassador Patricia Mahoney visited construction sites for three ​new high-voltage electrical substations and the underground distribution lines that will connect them.   New infrastructure funded by the United States of America is expected to benefit ten million Beninese over the next twenty years by facilitating a five-fold increase in the capacity of …

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The United States Delivers Health Equipment to Reinforce Benin’s Response to COVID-19

COTONOU, Benin, February 19, 2021 – The United States Government is providing protective equipment and health supplies to strengthen the community-level response to COVID-19 in the departments of Atlantique, Collines, and Mono. The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), presented a selection of materials to the Ministry of Health and department …

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Secretary Blinken’s Video Remarks to the G5 Sahel Summit

Bonjour à tous. C’est un plaisir pour moi de participer cette année au sommet du G5 Sahel. Je remercie le président Ghazouani de son leadership au cours de l’année écoulée, le président Deby d’assurer la présidence cette année, et son excellence Maman Sidikou pour la direction du secrétariat exécutif. The G5 Sahel does vital work …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Benin’s Presidential Elections

Thursday, February 11, 2021 U.S. Embassy Statement on Benin’s Presidential Elections For more than thirty years the people of Benin have taken well-deserved pride in democratically held elections that ensure voters have a choice among candidates. The United States shares with the people of Benin their desire to sustain this most cherished function of a …

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U.S. Decision To Reengage with the UN Human Rights Council

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 8, 2021   The Biden administration has recommitted the United States to a foreign policy centered on democracy, human rights, and equality. Effective use of multilateral tools is an important element of that vision, and in that regard the President has instructed the Department of State …

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Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 4, 2021   Today, President Biden signed a Presidential Memorandum directing all U.S. government departments and agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S. diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons around the world. …

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Observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

PRESS STATEMENT NED PRICE, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 6, 2021   The United States in recent years has joined the international community on February 6 in observing the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The United States remains committed to ending this egregious human rights abuse and supporting survivors of FGM/C, both …

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U.S. Exchange Alumni Prepare 770 Women to Rise Within Benin’s Political Parties

On February 4, 2021, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Karen Gustafson de Andrade presided over the launch of the “Women’s Political Empowerment” project at INFOSEC in Cotonou.    Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) project will be executed by the U.S.-Benin Women …

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The United States Supports Seven Civic Engagement and Human Rights Workshops for Youth in Benin

COTONOU, Benin, 4 February 2021 – The United States Government is assisting the Benin Human Rights Commission (BHRC) to educate young Beninese civil society leaders on civic engagement and human rights through a series of seven workshops in Benin. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States is supporting workshops in Cotonou, …

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Statement by President Joe Biden On Black History Month

This February, during Black History Month, I call on the American people to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans and to reflect on the centuries of struggle that have brought us to this time of reckoning, redemption, and hope. We have never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation that …

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National Freedom Day: Deepening Our Resolve to Fight Human Trafficking

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 1, 2021 Today marks National Freedom Day, a day that commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the joint resolution that established the Constitution’s 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the United States. It is a day when, thanks to the decades-long push of Richard R. Wright and …

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U.S.-Benin High Level Meetings to Mark Start of Child Protection Compact Partnership Negotiations

Cotonou, Benin, January 28, 2021 – Officials from the United States and Benin will hold a series of meetings over the coming months to negotiate the terms of a Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership, a multi-year plan to address child sex trafficking and forced child labor in Benin.  The partnership may include up to $10 …

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Statement by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, we join together with people from nations around the world to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day by remembering the 6 million Jews, as well as the Roma and Sinti, Slavs, disabled persons, LGBTQ+ individuals, and many others, who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Shoah. We must never forget the …

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Negative COVID-19 Test Required for Travel to the United States Beginning January 26

The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind all travelers that beginning tomorrow, January 26, all air passengers two years of age or older arriving to the United States must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding. This order applies …

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Letter to His Excellency António Guterres

His Excellency Mr. António Guterres Secretary-General United Nations New York Excellency: This letter constitutes a retraction by the Government of the United States of the letter dated July 6, 2020, notifying you that the Government of the United States intended to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO), effective July 6, 2021. The United States …

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Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The United States was built on a foundation of religious freedom and tolerance, a principle enshrined in the United States Constitution.  Nevertheless, the previous administration enacted a number of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations that prevented certain individuals from entering the United States — first from primarily …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The United States Capitol 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible for the ages America …

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CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Media Statement For Immediate Release January 12, 2021   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of …

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Proclamation on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2021

The White House December 31, 2020   Human trafficking is a horrific assault on human dignity that affects people in the United States and around the world. It tears apart communities, fuels criminal activity, and threatens the national security of the United States. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we reaffirm our commitment …

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United States Supports Urban Water Sanitation Services in Benin

On December 15, Ambassador Mahoney and the Minister of Decentralization and Local Governance Alassane Seidou officially launched MuniWASH, a five-year, $18 million activity that will improve water, sanitation, and hygiene services in underserved urban areas in Benin and Côte d’Ivoire. Taking place at the Benin National Association of Communes in Abomey-Calavi, the event welcomed mayors …

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4000 Reasons to Study in the United States

Are you thinking of attending university or graduate school? If the answer is yes, where you decide to go is a choice that can change your life. How do you decide? For more than a million international students from around the world the answer is the United States. Far more international students study in the …

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The United States supports Benin’s efforts to preserve and protect its important cultural heritage for future generations

Through the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation program, the Embassy was proud to sponsor the Trois Soeurs Education Fund’s efforts to record and publish Benin’s rich tradition of storytelling and traditional folktales. The project culminated on December 11th with the opening of a pop-up museum in Abomey-Calavi showcasing portraits of Benin’s storytellers and displaying works …

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International Human Rights Day

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo December 10, 2020   On International Human Rights Day, the United States celebrates the rights and freedoms enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This day has a special resonance for Americans, as the United States was …

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President Trump’s Executive Order on Ensuring Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines

Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Press Statement by Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State December 8, 2020   On December 8, President Trump issued the Executive Order on Ensuring Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines. The Executive Order provides a mandate for the United States to facilitate international access …

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The United States Promotes Youth Engagement with Human Rights in Benin

COTONOU, 7 December 2020 – In anticipation of Human Rights Day, the United States Government is supporting the Benin Human Rights Commission (BHRC) to engage and educate youth in Benin on human rights and their responsibilities as Beninese citizens.  Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States is assisting the BHRC in …

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State December 2, 2020   December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a fitting occasion for the United States to reaffirm its commitment to, and support for, the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in daily life of the community. We point with pride to …

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Digital Press Briefing with U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy Ambassador Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

Special Briefing via Telephone December 1, 2020   Moderator:  Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our participants from across the continent and thank all of you for taking part in this discussion. Today, we are very pleased to be joined by Ambassador-at-Large …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Change in Currency Exchange Rate for Consular Services

U.S. Embassy Cotonou informs U.S. citizens that, effective November 25, 2020, the consular exchange rate increased from 590F CFA to 600F CFA ($1.00 US = 600F CFA). All consular service fees, including passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, notarials, and visas, will reflect this new exchange rate. Payment for consular services at U.S. Embassy Cotonou …

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Observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo November 25, 2020   Around the world, violence against women harms not only millions of women and girls every year, but also their communities and families.  Violence against women, whether in the workforce, the home, a school environment, …

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United States Air Force Repatriates Beninese Troops Deployed to Chad as part of MNJTF Peacekeeping Operations

On November 6, 2020, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Karen Gustafson de Andrade attended a small ceremony at Cotonou International Airport to help welcome home members of the Beninese Armed Forces who had been deployed to the Lake Chad Basin as part of the Multinational Joint Task Force’s (MNJTF) peacekeeping operations.  The troops were transported by …

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USAID TO LAUNCH NEW, CONTINENT-WIDE PROSPER AFRICA PROGRAM IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT

USAID Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release November 17, 2020   Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa announced a brand new, continent-wide Prosper Africa program in trade and investment. Worth up to $500 million over five years, subject to the availability of funds, this flagship program will offer …

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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

U.S. Department Of State Office Of The Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson November 1, 2020 A free press is essential to an informed citizenry. A vigorous press can, for instance, expose corruption, shine a light on human rights abuses, and provide the public essential information during crises. In many places, journalists fulfilling this necessary role risk attacks by authoritarian regimes and criminal organizations seeking to clamp down …

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U.S. Department of Defense Offers New Classrooms to Colli Students

TOFFO, November 02, 2020 – The Chargé d’affaires ad interim of the U.S. Embassy to Benin, Karen Gustafson de Andrade, inaugurated classrooms at the Colli Middle School.  The ceremony was held in the presence of the Chargée de Mission of the Prefect of the Atlantic department, Mrs. Paulette Eki, the Mayor of Toffo, Bibiane Adamazé Soglo, the Director of the Colli Middle School, Jean-Baptiste Gnanho, the Departmental Director of Secondary, and …

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MCC and Africa50 Announce Strategic Collaboration, Creating New Global Investment Platform

Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) October 21, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C., October 21, 2020 – The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Africa50 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop and launch the Millennium Impact for Infrastructure Accelerator (MIIA) Development Partnership. The new MIIA entity will be a global investment platform designed to spur and attract impact …

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Upcoming Elections in Africa

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Michael R. Pompeo October 8, 2020 The United States is committed to supporting free, fair, inclusive elections. The conduct of elections is important not only for Africans, but also for defenders of democracy around the world. We believe all sides should …

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Beninese Entrepreneurs Prevent COVID-19 with United States Support

COTONOU, October 16, 2020 – The United States Government is supporting 40 entrepreneurs in Benin to promote handwashing and affordable sanitation and hygiene products as part of its support to COVID-19 response. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States is working with the entrepreneurs to promote and sell their products to …

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U.S. Embassy and Ministry of Interior Sign Letter of Agreement to Establish Special Program for Embassy Augmentation and Response (SPEAR) Team

COTONOU, October 1, 2020 – The United States Ambassador to Benin, Patricia Mahoney, and the Minister of the Interior and Public Security, Sacca Lafia, signed a letter of agreement allowing for the establishment of a Special Program for Embassy Augmentation and Response (SPEAR) team in Benin. The signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

Embassy of the United States of America Cotonou, Benin Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By September 30, 2020 If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, carefully follow your state’s voting instructions, and return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and …

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United States Supports Army Training Hospital in Fight Against COVID-19

COTONOU, September 22, 2020 – The United States Ambassador to Benin, Patricia Mahoney, officially distributed a shipment of personal protective equipment (PPE) worth 41.8 million CFA ($75,000) to the Army Training Hospital on September 22, 2020. This donation was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Overseas Humanitarian Disaster and Civic Aid (OHDACA) program as …

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International Day of Democracy

International Day of Democracy U.S. Department of State Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State September 14, 2020   In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance.  Democracies are accountable to their citizens.  They respect …

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Celebrating 10 Years of YALI

Department of State Bureau of African Affairs Dipnote Elizabeth “Liz” Liu Foreign Service Officer Special Coordinator for the Young African Leaders Initiative August 7, 2020   It’s hard to believe it, but this week marked the 10th anniversary of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). In 2010, 115 young leaders came to Washington to participate …

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U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Contributes Medical Supplies to Benin to Help Fight COVID-19

The United States government, through U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is proud to contribute $60,000 in equipment and supplies to support the Ministry of Health’s efforts to expand Beninese COVID-19 testing capacity by establishing diagnostic laboratories in Kandi and Lokossa. This assistance is in addition to the $4.5 million that the United States government, through USAID, contributed in April to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Benin. Since the outbreak …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Planned Peaceful Protests

U.S. Embassy Statement on Planned Peaceful Protests We welcome the wide range of voices organizing peacefully in the United States, Benin, and around the world to protest injustice and call for change following George Floyd’s tragic death.  Throughout American history, our people have gathered peacefully to demand accountability from our leaders.  The United States and …

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Ambassador Mahoney inaugurates DOD Humanitarian Assistance Construction Project in Djougou

On February 5, United States Ambassador Patricia Mahoney visited Serou to inaugurate a new school constructed with support from the United States Department of Defense. This school is one of six new schools build around Benin as part of the Department’s humanitarian assistance program. The school contains a block of four classrooms, a solar panel …

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Ambassador Mahoney Meets King Kpetoni Koda IV and Imam Razack Issa Samari in Djougou

On February 5, 2020, Ambassador Mahoney paid a visit to His Majesty King Kpetoni-Koda IV of Djougou. During the visit, the two discussed ways to continue to work together to achieve the shared goals of economic development and religious tolerance, while also discussing the challenges of youth unemployment and economic migration. The Ambassador expressed her …

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Closing Ceremony of USSF Training by U.S. Marines

On September 11, members of the U.S.S.F received their certificates after six weeks of intensive training provided by the US Marines. Ambassador Patricia Mahoney and the Director General of the Republican Police Soumaïla Yaya both attended the ceremony. The program, made possible through the collaboration between the Government of Benin and the U.S. Embassy, strengthens border …

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U.S. Embassy Marks 243rd Anniversary of Independence Day under Space Exploration Theme

COTONOU-June 27 – U.S. Embassy Cotonou marked the 243rd anniversary of the United States’ independence. The celebration’s theme was space exploration to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. U.S. Ambassador to Benin, Patricia Mahoney, said both events represent the history of human race, of all the peoples …

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U.S. Embassy Inaugurates New Classrooms and Latrines in Kpakpa-Agbagoulé

The U.S. Ambassador to Benin Patricia Mahoney inaugurated new facilities at the General High School of Kpakpa-Agbagoulè, in the city of Dassa-Zoumé, on June 20, 2019.  This building, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, is composed of two classrooms, one office, eight latrines, and a rainwater collection system for hand washing. The building’s construction …

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Ambassador Mahoney Visits University of Abomey Calavi

Ambassador Mahoney visited the University of Abomey-Calavi on June 13, 2019.  She was accompanied by Public Affairs Officer Christopher Helmkamp. During this visit, Rector Maxime da Cruz and his team welcomed the diplomats to the campus and discussed the excellent cooperation that exits between the U.S. Embassy and the university.  The English Club Summit and …

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Rhyme Like a Beninese Girl

Toni Blackman and Polaryss, two U.S. rappers, toured in Benin for two weeks as part of a program known as « Rhyme like a Beninese Girl ». During this tour organized by U.S. Embassy Cotonou, the two artists hosted masterclasses with local rap musicians, music students, as well as professional musicians.      These masterclasses took place at …

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U.S. Embassy Cotonou Builds Capacities of Magistrates and Investigators from the Sub-region on Border and Transnational Crime

From June 4-June 6, U.S. Embassy Cotonou held a symposium on the theme “Combating border and transnational crime between Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso and Nigeria: Lessons learned from the American-Mexican border.”  About 30 investigators and prosecutors from Benin, Togo, Burkina-Faso and Nigeria attended the training given by experts from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. …

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Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou regarding Benin’s 2019 Legislative Elections April 28

Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou regarding Benin’s 2019 Legislative Elections April 28 April 29th, 2019 ———————————————— The inability of opposition parties to participate led to legislative elections on April 28 that were neither fully competitive nor inclusive and do not reflect the Benin that we know. We regret that social media platforms and …

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U.S. Embassy Cotonou Builds Capacities of 30 Journalists in Election Coverage

From February 25-March 1, U.S. Embassy Cotonou held a training on election coverage at INFOSEC in Cotonou.  About thirty participants from various types of media attended the training given by investigative journalist Daniel Glick. Glick exchanged with participants on various topics including the difference between public relations and journalism, the search for reliable sources, the …

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MLK Slam Contest 2019 winners are known

The mass of oratory in English was said this Saturday, February 23, 2019 at ISMA Fidjrossè. The contest that has become a tradition in the month of February since 2017 has had its epilogue. The event aims to promote freedom of expression, activism, give voice to young people and encourage the use and promotion of …

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Ari Roland Jazz Quartet in Benin

The American jazz band the Ari Roland Quartet was in Benin the first week of December 2018 as part of a cultural exchange program of the United States Embassy Cotonou. This quartet of musicians from New York participated in exchange sessions with students and Beninese artists.  During their stay, the group performed free concerts, including at the Place du Souvenir on Sunday December 2, 2018, a …

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CDA Laura Hruby’s recent visit up north

CDA Laura Hruby visited two schools in Bouka and Derassi on Monday November 19. She saw first hand the results of USDA-CRS Food For Education program. The program aims at increasing school attendance by providing a nourishing meal. The program also educated students, families and community members on good sanitation, food preparation, and stock management …

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Ambassador Tamlyn Farewell message

Ambassador’s Introductory Statement Departure Press Roundtable September 13, 2018, 10am, Embassy MPR (TBC)   Thank you very much for joining me here today.  I will be leaving Benin shortly and appreciate this opportunity to share with you some of the accomplishments of the U.S. Mission in Benin over the last three years. These accomplishments have …

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35 Girls Introduced to Sports Values through Basketball Camp

OUIDAH— September 1st, 2018 : The U.S. Embassy Chargé Laura Hruby, and the Mayor of Ouidah Célestine Adjanonhoun, attended the closing of a girls’ basketball camp at the Regional Institute for Public Health (IRSP) in Ouidah. Known as Special Envoy Basketball Camp, the camp was organized by the U.S. Embassy and NGO OLADE, with the …

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Official Handover ceremony of equipment to the Fire Brigade

As part of the Disaster Management Preparedness cooperation, the North Dakota National Guard, through the Embassy and US AFRICOM, offered two containers of equipment and materials to Benin’s Fire Brigade. Following a request made by the Ministry of National Defense on December 2016, the Embassy requested the assistance of AFRICOM and the State Partnership Program …

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Democracy Workshops Train Young Beninese to Citizenship

From July 23-28, 2018, the Idriss Déby Itno amphitheater of the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC) hosted the Democracy Workshops (ADEMO), organized by the Benin Yali Alumni Association, in collaboration with U.S. Embassy Cotonou. As part of the workshops, about 1,000 Beninese young leaders received training on the functioning of the branches of central and local …

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Investigative journalism training with Dan Glick

15 journalists from print, radio, and television media took part in a training on investigative journalism from July 2-6 in Cotonou. The training was initiated by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou. Daniel Glick, the trainer and journalist, discussed with Beninese journalists to the concept of investigative journalism, the rights and …

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2018 Annual Trafficking in Persons Report : Benin removed from watch list

U.S. Embassy Reiterates Commitment to Support Benin in Eradicating Trafficking in Persons ********** The U.S. Department of State has removed Benin from the watch list on the 2018 annual Trafficking in Persons Report.   However, Benin remains ranked as a Tier 2 country, which indicates that despite its efforts, the West African country has yet to …

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Angelle Kwemo training beninese women entrepreneurs

Angelle Kwemo, CEO of Rimsom Strategies, a firm that provides international trade advisory and strategic advice to multidimensional entities, gave her first training session to Beninese women entrepreneurs on April 3 at Obama Center, University of Abomey-Calavi. This training which consisted in sharing strategies with participants to grow their businesses, comes as part of a …

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Second Annual PAS Cotonou Martin Luther King Slam Poetry Competition celebrates, English and Self-Expression

On Saturday, February 24, PAS Cotonou held the second edition of the MLK Slam Poetry Contest, in collaboration with local media institute ‘’L’Institut Superieur des Métiers de l’Audiovisuel’’ (ISMA).  Over 100 Beninese submitted expressions of interest, audio files, and videos seeking to compete in either the junior (under 14) or senior (over 14) division.  17 …

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Global experts release guide on Fall Armyworm management, a critical global security threat in Africa

In 2016, an invasive crop pest called the fall armyworm (FAW) was first confirmed in Africa. Native to the Americas, FAW can feed on 80 different crop species including maize, a staple food consumed by over 300 million African smallholder farm families. The crop pest has since been found in over 30 African countries, posing …

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First Ever English Clubs Summit in Benin

PAS Cotonou organized Benin’s first ever English Clubs Summit, which gathered 132 English club leaders from all over the country for a three-day training and networking program. The program, funded by a grant from Embassy Cotonou, was implemented by the Benin National Teachers of English Association (BNTEA) in partnership with “Titigweti English Club,” the largest …

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Benin’s Young Leaders Commemorate Mandela Day through a Clean-Up Campaign

COTONOU – July 18, 2017: The Beninese YALI Alumni Association (BYAA) organized a clean up campaign at the Cotonou Civil Prison, Hubert Koutoukou Maga National University Hospital Center (CNHU-HKM) and at the University of Abomey-Calavi. The purpose of the initiative was to commemorate Mandela Day; celebrated every July 18 in tribute to former South African …

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UNICEF and USAID Donate Health Equipment to Reduce Infant and Child Mortality

COTONOU- The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and USAID handed over essential equipment for neonatal health to the Minister of Health, Dr Alassane Seidou in a ceremony at the Central Supply of Essential Medicines and Medical Consumables (CAME) in Cotonou on July 17. “It is estimated that 37,000 children under five die each year in …

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Celebration of the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence

Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn and Embassy Cotonou invited members celebrated the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, by inviting members of the government, heads of civil society, and institutions on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Representative of the government of Benin, Minister of Justice Joseph Djogbenou praised the long standing …

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The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Agreement Enters Into Force

$403 Million USD Millennium Challenge Corporation Benin Agreement Enters into Force, Launching Projects focused on Power Sector  ********** COTONOU, BENIN: On June 22, 2017 the Minister in Charge of Planning and Development, Abdouaye Bio Tchané, the official representative of President Patrice Talon, and Ambassador of the United States of America to Benin Lucy Tamlyn presided …

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Women in Law: A Balance between Career and Private Life

COTONOU-06 March 2017:  The Mission to Benin hosted a panel discussion of female members of law enforcement as part of the International Women’s Day on March 8. Active and retired female police officers, gendarmes, and magistrates spoke about their careers and the constraints related to to sexual harassment and discrimination. The panel of personalities included: …

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Actor Djimon Hounsou Speaks Out For GBV, AIDS, and Entrepreneurship (Dec. 3, 2015)

On december 3, 2015, before a crowd of nearly 1,000 students, Mission’s Public Affairs Officer, Paco Perez, award-winning actor, Djimon Hounsou, USAID/BENIN HIV-AIDS specialist Tom Van Boven, and Vice Prime Minister of Benin, Professor Francois Abiola all provided passionate remarks commemorating world AIDS day. Students from seven private universities who participated in a “campus without …

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Condolence Letter from Sec. Kerry Following Former President Mathieu Kerekou’s Death

On behalf of the United States, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family of former President Mathieu Kerekou.  The United States mourns with the people of Benin. President Kerekou served as an example to the entire African continent by moving Benin firmly in the direction of democratic governance.  During his elected …

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Mission Launches Benin’s AWEP Junior Branch (Nov. 24, 2015)

Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn provided keynote remark at the launch of the Junior AWEP program created through a PAS grant on November 24. Thirty Beninese teenage and early 20’s females from four different regions of Benin attended the launch which was followed by an interactive session led by successful Beninese businesswomen. The Junior AWEPs are female …

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Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn Presents Credentials (Nov. 08, 2015)

U.S. Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn presented her diplomatic credentials to Beninese President Boni Yayi on November 8 at the Presidential Palace. President Boni Yayi and the Ambassador Tamlyn engaged in far reaching discussion concerning the relationship between the two countries.  During her remarks Ambassador Tamlyn focused on the need for the two countries to work together …

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Benin Forces Secure Borders With Training From U.S. Marines and Sailors (Sept 25, 2015)

On Friday, September 25, 2015, the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission, Todd Whatley, and Benin’s Minister of Interior, Placide Azandé, presided over the closing ceremony of a four-week border security training in Benin. The Marines and sailors with the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa came to Benin for a month-long theater security …

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Bringing Basketball to Benin (Aug 15, 2015)

From August 10-15, Mission Cotonou collaborated with Africa Regional Services (ARS) for the second annual Camp Davis youth basketball camp. Former NBA player, Coach Tommy Davis, conducted the week-long camp, teaching basketball fundamentals to 50 young players (23 boys and 27 girls) between the ages of 12-18, as well as training 10 local coaches. The …

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Mission Empowers Women Entrepreneurs (Aug 7, 2015)

Following a successful joint entrepreneurship camp last year, U.S. Embassies in Lome and Cotonou teamed up to bring together 40 Beninese and 60 Togolese female entrepreneurs in Lomé for a week-long training program known as the Binational Economic Independence Course for Women (BEICW). Embassy Lome hosted the program which consisted of presentations from successful entrepreneurs …

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Mission Cotonou Goes Green for Independence Day (July 8, 205)

More than 800 guests attended the first official event at the New Embassy Compound which celebrated the 239th anniversary of U.S. Independence with an environmental theme. During his remarks, Chargé d’Affaires Todd Whatley reminded the crowd that one of America’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, was also one of the fathers of the environmental movement in …

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New Embassy Compound Inaugurated (july 8, 2015)

The New Embassy Compound was officially inaugurated on July 8th. The Chargé d’Affaires, Todd Whatley, and the Under Secretary of State for Management, Patrick Kennedy, presided over the inauguration ceremony. The ribbon cutting took place in the presence of Benin’s Prime Minister, Lionel Zinsou, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Saliou Akadiri, and many other officials …

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Mission Cotonou Joins Little League Practice (May 30, 2015)

On May 30th, Embassy Cotonou’s Public Affairs Section organized for several Mission employees, including Post’s newly arrived Marines, to attend a little-league baseball practice and deliver an equipment donation to participants of the youth baseball club, Baseball in Benin. The club is sponsored by a U.S.-based NGO and seeks to introduce baseball, a largely unknown …

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Mission Cotonou “Bikes for the Planet” (May 15, 2015)

Mission Benin partnered with the Beninese Biking Federation, a local telecom company, and several environmental NGOs to organize its first ever “Bike for the Planet” event on May 15. Sixty participants competed, racing along a sandy beach road 25 miles from Ouidah to Cotonou. The initiative rallied young Beninese around a new sport while promoting …

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Mission Launches Benin’s AWEP Chapter (April 10, 2015)

On April 10, Ambassador Michael Raynor presided over the official launch of  Benin’s African Women Entrepreneurship Program(AWEP) chapter.  AWEP was initially created as part of the International Visitor’s Leadership Program in 2010 by then Secretary of State Clinton as part of President Obama’s Entrepreneurship Summit in Washington, and it has since flourished to become a …

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Ambassador Raynor Launches YALI Club in Bohicon

On March 17th Ambassador Raynor attended the launch of 2014 YALI Washington Mandela Fellow Nicase Degvano’s YALI Club in Bohicon. Nicaise was one of six young Beninese leaders who traveled to the United States last summer through President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Through this program, the fellows attended U.S. universities and received training …

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Embassy Delegation Promotes Girls’ Education in Northern Benin

In celebration of women’s history month, Ambassador Raynor traveled to northern Benin to support several women’s empowerment programs including the donation of Nouveaux Horizons books and One World Futbol soccer balls to a rare all-girls public high school in Parakou, located seven hours north of Cotonou. Ambassador Raynor’s remarks highlighted the tangible economic and community …

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Ambassador Raynor Inaugurates Special Self-Help Fund Projects

Ambassador Raynor traveled to northern Benin to inaugurate several projects funded through the Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund. Through this grass-roots program, the U.S. Embassy is able to respond quickly to the needs and requests of local communities for development projects that will have an immediate impact. Inaugurations included rice shellers in Malanville and Djidja, food …

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Mission’s Leadership Training for Youth (Feb. 27, 2015)

The U.S. Mission organized a week-long leadership training for over 2,200 young Beninese from all 77 of Benin’s communes. This training aimed to provided participants with hands-on leadership and entrepreneurship skills, and was conducted in partnership with the local national university and the van Duyse Entrepreneurial and Leadership Institute. The training was a great success, …

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Benin Youth to Celebrate Dr. King Legacy (Jan 21, 2015)

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the American Cultural Center hosted the first edition of the Open Mic Night on January 21, 2015. Five competitors performed in each of four categories: song, dance, slam/poetry and speech. Over 200 people attended the event including students, artists, and embassy staff. In her opening remarks, Ms. …

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