There has been progress with regard to some social indicators such as school enrolment. However, Benin remains a Least Developed Country and rates of extreme poverty have not declined.

In order to implement its development strategy and avoid dependency upon international donors, the government has plans to mobilize resources from the private sector. However, the private sector remains small in comparison to the country’s large informal and predominately subsistence economy.

The most significant constraints on governance are extreme poverty, a deficient education system, a lack of administrative as well as transport infrastructure, a critical undersupply of energy, and a dependency on international economic developments.

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