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