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Digital Transformation Center Benin

The Digital Transformation Center Benin strengthens the digital ecosystem by promoting innovation and supporting the national digital agenda. In collaboration with the private sector and other BMZ initiatives, local competencies in the area of digital transformation are being developed sustainably.

At a glance

Despite 30 years of economic growth, Benin is still among the poorest countries in the world and is at the beginning of its digital transformation. The majority of the workforce continues to work in agriculture, the country’s dominant sector. Since the current president Patrice Talon took office in 2016, topics such as innovation and digitalisation have become focus areas. This is reflected in the creation of new structures and institutions, the further development of the regulatory framework for the promotion of innovation and digital entrepreneurship, as well as the country’s participation and active involvement in relevant regional initiatives such as Smart Africa. Overall, however, key challenges to ensure the development of sustainable solutions and an innovative ecosystem across the country are linked to a lack of resources, sufficient core competencies and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Our approach

The Digital Transformation Center in Benin offers a holistic approach to the further development of the government’s digital agenda and will focus on the three components and priority areas “digital entrepreneurship”, “e-government” and “digital learning” (atingi). Concrete activities in these priority areas are planned and implemented complementarily and collaboratively with other GIZ activities such as projects to further the private sector development. The aim is to build local competencies in the field of digital transformation in line with the needs and potentials of the partner country in order to ensure a sustainable outcome of the intervention and to guarantee the partner’s autonomy.

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