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In just a few years, Glo-Djigbé Industrial Zone (GDIZ) has become a cornerstone of industrialisation in Benin. On June 18, 2024, Mr Abdoulaye BIO TCHANÉ, Minister of State for Development and Coordination of Government Action, conducted a working visit to GDIZ. The purpose of this new working session is to assess the progress of the Zone and identify potential challenges arising from its success in order to find solutions.

Welcomed by the Managing Director of SIPI-Benin SA, Mr. Létondji BEHETON, and the Managing Director of APIEx, Mr. Moubarak SOUMANOU, the Minister also visited several factories, including “Made in Benin” garments manufacturing units, the integrated textile factory : Bénin Textile (Btex), and the tile manufacturing factory : Afrikan Ceramics Solutions (ACS).

The Minister praised the progress of GDIZ project which has already created 12,000 jobs with 35,000 more expected by the end of the year.

He also highlighted the importance of providing raw materials to the factories in the Zone to maximise economic benefits and job creation in Benin.

“Providing raw materials to these factories is a national priority. We must ensure that our raw materials do not leave the country. This is a matter of national interest. Everyone must ensure this.” said Minister Abdoulaye BIO TCHANÉ.

The Minister called for maintaining this dynamic to strengthen the national economy and reduce unemployment in Benin.