Economic growth in Benin remains robust (estimated at 6.7% in 2019), thanks in part to an increase in public investment from 21% of GDP in 2016 to 29.6% in 2019. On the supply side, growth is due to the performance of the agricultural sector led by cotton, whose production rose from 269,222 tons in 2016 to 726,831 in 2019; the vitality of the construction industry; and the dynamism of the port of Cotonou. Inflation remained low, estimated at –0.1% in 2019, and below the WAEMU 3% threshold. The CFA franc, pegged to the euro, appreciated against the dollar over 2017–19.
As a member of UEMOA, the Benin is a member of the Regional Securities Exchange (BRVM), which account 46 listed companies, representing, in the end of 2019, representing a market capitalization of $ 8.1 billion.
In the end of 2019, the banking sector of UEMOA represented a total asset of $ 56 billion.
Credit distributed to private sector in 2019 represents $ 32 billion.