Learning Chinese, a solution to unemployment in Africa
China is Benin's third largest trading partner, with trade valued at more than US$60 billion a year, and Africa's first. According to a report released in Beijing in 2021 by China-Africa Business Council, Chinese private companies account for about 70% of investment in Africa. China carries out more than a third of infrastructure projects on the continent. In 2009, the Confucius Institute was created and set up on the Abomey-Calavi campus, offering training for a degree in Chinese translation and interpretation. Students from this school are the most sought-after in the African job market. Some also work as tourist guides.