Benin's maritime security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea

Once a target for pirates, Benin is now implementing structural solutions that will restore the confidence of maritime operators.

Benin is confronted with various maritime threats. This includes piracy, which reached a worrying level in 2011. However, the country is now taking steps to preserve its maritime industry; particularly the port of Cotonou, on which the national economy largely depends. The latest initiative is the adoption of a new strategy, which is aimed at improving the coordination of state action at sea. However, the effective implementation of this strategy is a key challenge.


Barthélemy Blédé senior researcher, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding Division, ISS Dakar

Fatimata Ouédraogo, consultant

Ousmane Aly Diallo, consultant

Development partners
This report is published with the support of the government of Australia, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. The ISS is also grateful for the support of the following other core donors: the governments of Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States.
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