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Cotton firm’s tortuous path to privatisation

The privatisation of state-owned enterprises is often fraught with difficulties -- witness developments at Benin's National Society for Agricultural Advancement (Sonapra), a cotton-processing firm. Privatisation of the debt-ridden Sonapra began over a year ago in June 2003, but has stalled several times -- prompting unions and the media to allege that corruption has taken root in the process.

United States: So near, yet so far

After difficult negotiations that lasted for almost two years, Benin was finally granted a licence in January to export a variety of locally manufactured goods to the United States, tariff- and quota-free. But, laments Henri Gouthon, president of the National Council of Beninese Exporters, "Benin has nothing to export!"

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