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Eleven Participants Selected for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship

U.S. Embassy Cotonou is proud to announce that Eleven participants from Benin have been selected to participate in the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders . Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the U.S. commitment to invest in the future of Africa.  YALI was created in 2010 and supports young Africans ... Read More»

United States’ Millennium Challenge Corporation, Government of Benin Celebrate Closure of Transformative Power Compact

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2023) – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Government of Benin celebrated the completion of the $422.6 million  Benin Power Compact , a five-year investment to advance energy accessibility and to strengthen Benin’s power sector. The investment is a $391 million grant from the American people and $31.6 million from the Beninese ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Shukan Presents Sikien Preservation Project to Minister Abimbola

U.S. Ambassador Brian Shukan met with Minister of Culture Jean-Michel Abimbola on May 3 to discuss a project to protect and conserve the cultural area of Koutammakou that sits along Benin’s northern border with Togo. The U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) awarded a 120 million CFA grant to U.S. based organization World Monuments ... Read More»

U.S. Special Forces and Beninese Armed Forces Conduct Fourth Joint Military Exercise

Special Operations Command Africa Forces partnered with the Beninese Army during a Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) that concluded April 7, 2023, in Ouassa, Benin, the fourth between the U.S. and Benin. These exercises reflect the U.S. and Benin’s long-standing security partnership, and how the two countries work closely to combat the extremist threat. During the JCET, ... Read More»

U.S. Federal Women’s Program Reaches Out to Students of CEG Houeyiho

A U.S. Embassy delegation led by members of the U.S. Federal Women’s Program visited Collège d’Enseignement Général Houeyiho in Cotonou on March 23, 2023 to promote gender equity, share career advice with over 300 students, and donate books to the school’s library.  The U.S. Federal Women’s Program is an initiative of the U.S. Government for ... Read More»