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Benin, officially the Republic of Benin, and formerly Dahomey, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, Burkina Faso to the north-west, and Niger to the north-east.


Our standard dataset contains 397 entities connected with Benin. This may include sanctioned entities, politically-exposed persons (PEPs), and their close associates, or entities involved in criminal activity.

Data sources

We are currently not including any data published by authorities or organizations based in Benin. See our global list of data sources and our criteria for selecting datasets.

Politically-exposed persons (PEPs)

Our database contains 274 entities identified as PEPs connected with Benin.

National government positions

Number of known occupants
Head of state or governmentCurrentEndedStatus unclear
National executive branchesCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, & Fisheries1--
Minister of Communication11-
Minister of Decentralization and Local Government111
Minister of Economy & Finance1--
Minister of Environment & Sustainable Development1--
Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation1--
Minister of Health1--
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Benin111
Minister of Industry & Commerce1--
Minister of Infrastructure and Transport13-
Minister of Interior & Public Security1--
Minister of Justice & Legislation & Keeper of the Seals1--
Minister of Labor, Civil Service, & Social Affairs1--
Minister of Living Environment and Sustainable Development of Benin--1
Minister of Primary Education1--
Minister of Secondary & Technical Education & Professional Training1--
Minister of Small & Medium Enterprises & Employment1--
Minister of Sports1--
Minister of State & Secretary General of the Presidency1--
Minister of State Charged With Planning & Development1--
Minister of State for Development and Coordination of Government Action--1
Minister of Tourism & Culture1--
Minister of Water & Mines1--
Minister of Water and Mining of Benin-21
Minister-Del. to the Presidency Charged With National Defense1--
Ministre des Recherches Pétrolières et Minières-1-
National legislative branchCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Member of the Assemblée Nationale--83
Diplomatic rolesCurrentEndedStatus unclear
ambassador of France to Benin-51
Ambassador to the US1--
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York1--

Subnational government positions

No positions for this category

Other positions

Number of known occupants
PositionCurrentEndedStatus unclear
Minister of Foreign Affairs-8-
Minister of Justice-32
President of the National Assembly of Benin-31
Minister of Finance of Benin-12
Minister of Industry and Commerce of Benin-21
Minister of Social Affairs and Microfinance of Benin-21
Minister of the Interior of Benin-21
President of the Constitutional Court of Benin-3-
First Lady of Benin-11
Minister of Education of Benin--2
Minister of Energy of Benin-2-
Minister of Health of Benin-11
Minister of Secondary and Technical Education and Vocational Training of Benin-11
Minister of Sports of Benin-2-
President of the Republic of Benin-11
Prime Minister of Benin-2-
Mediator of the Republic-1-
Minister of Agriculture--1
Minister of Digital Technology and Digitalization--1
Minister of Labour and Public Service of Benin--1
Minister of Microfinance, Employment, Youth and Women-1-
Minister of Nursery and Primary Education--1
Minister of Planning and Development--1
Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises of Benin--1
Minister of the Environment of Benin-1-
Minister of Tourism, Culture and the Arts--1
Minister-delegate to the President of the Republic, in charge of National Defence--1
Ministry of Secondary and Technical Education and Vocational Training of Benin-1-
Ministère du Plan et du Développement--1
Vice President of Benin--1

What do these numbers mean?

We keep track both if political positions and the individuals who occupy those positions over time. Of course, a person can hold a position for multiple terms, and multiple people can occupy the same position at the same time (e.g. members of parliament).

If a person previously held a position, and currently holds the same position, they are only counted once and recorded under Current. If it is unclear from the source whether they have left the position, they will be counted under Unclear.

How can status be unclear?

Some of the data sources we rely on indicate both past and present holders of political offices. In those cases, a lack of a precise end date for a person's occupancy of a position can mean that we don't know whether they currently hold the position or not. Read more...