Industrial Development Zone in Benin - Glo-Djigbé

About the GDIZ

The industrial zone of Glo-Djigbé in the commune of Abomey-Calavi in Benin, will be dedicated to the industrial transformation of local agricultural products in order to help Benin capitalize on its agricultural wealth, increase the competitiveness of “Made in Benin” and encourage jobs creation to alleviate poverty.

Set to be operational by early 2022, the Glo-Djigbé Industrial Zone (GDIZ) is located just 45 km from Cotonou and is dedicated to the local transformation of agricultural product including cotton, cashews, pineapples, shea nuts and soybeans, among others. GDIZ is expected to attract an investment of at least $1.4 billion in the first phase to create about 12,000 jobs. GDIZ is a public-private partnership between the Republic of Benin and ARISE IIP.

“This special economic zone is designed to be a modern industrial park, respecting the highest environmental and social standards, and intended to provide services to different industries.”

Laurent Gangbes,

Director General of the Investment and Export Promotion Agency (APIEx) of Benin

KEY FEATURES

Facilities

GDIZ offers a wide variety of convenient, reliable and integrated logistical services.

Commercial space
Warehouses
Truck terminal
Dedicated power supply
Water tanks
Common effluent treatment station
Police station
Fire station
Medical Centre
Single window clearance system

Key industries

GDIZ offers a set of fiscal and administrative advantages facilitating the set-up and operations of businesses hosted in the industrial zone.

Advantages

GDIZ is an integrated multi-sector economic zone focusing on the agro-processing industry, from the manufacturing of local cotton into textile to the processing of local food products.

100% relief on income tax
100% relief on customs duties set on importing raw materials, building materials, industrial machines and equipment
100% VAT exemption
100% capital gains tax exemption
100% relief from export oriented goods manufactured in Industrial Zone
100% on repatriation of profits
100% on commerce duties for the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region
No property taxes

Main vocations in the area

  • Promote and attract agricultural, industrial, commercial and service type investments
  • Encourage direct investment, Beninese and foreign
  • Promote the development of national production and natural resources
  • Develop manufacturing industries for first, second and third processing products
  • Increase the competitiveness of “Made in Benin” products
  • Promote job creation

Impacts on exports and GDP of the economy of benin

  • Increase in exports from 5 to 10 billion US dollars within ten (10) years
  • GDP increase of US $ 4 billion to US $ 7 billion by 2030
  • Benin’s manufacturing production increased by 500%

Job creation

  • 100,000 jobs planned in the processing of cashews, shea nuts, pineapples, soybeans, etc.
  • 200,000 to 250,000 planned for spinning, cotton weaving and clothing making

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