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  • Visiting Benin, Youssou Ndour admires the GDIZ 01/30/2023

    Jan 30th, 2023

    Since Tuesday, Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour has been staying in Benin. While in this country, the musician did not hesitate to visit one of the main current economic attractions of Benin: the Industrial Zone of Glo-Djigbé (GDIZ, in English). The king of Mbalax did not hide his admiration. Since January 17, 2023, Benin has welcomed Senegalese, African and world music star Youssou Ndour to its lands for a 72-hour visit. On the occasion of this visit, the native of Dakar offered himself, this Wednesday, a visit to the Industrial Zone of Glo-Djigbé (GDIZ). He was accompanied for the occasion by two Beninese ministers, Shadiya Alimatou Assouman in charge of Industry and Trade, and his colleague in Justice and Legislation, Séverin Quenum. Will Youssou Ndour return to Benin as an investor? The musician did not hide his admiration for the installations he discovered. "We are really impressed, and I think it spoke to us a lot," suggested Youssou Ndour, who made a firm promise to come back. Return as an investor? It's not impossible, because apart from music, his first passion, the Senegalese has a very strong taste for business. Just a few weeks ago – on October 28, 2022 – he inaugurated the Impack & Safa Group factory specializing in printing and packaging in the Diamniadio industrial zone. The GDIZ may already be giving ideas to the businessman who does not hesitate to spread all his admiration for his counterpart, the cotton magnate, Patrice Talon who, since 2016, has been transforming Benin. “I am happy to come and see the President of the Republic, President Talon, whom I have been for a very long time”, he declared, not without adding that he greatly appreciates his leadership. The GDIZ, an attempt to industrialize Benin Spread over an area of ​​1,640 ha, in Glo-Djigbé, a locality in the municipality of Abomey-Calavi, the GDIZ is an industrial hub that wants to specialize in the on-site processing of many local products such as cashew, cotton , shea, pineapple, soy, etc. Thus, cashew nut processing industries, cotton spinning and weaving, clothing manufacturing, agri-food industries, industries in the wood sector, etc. gradually grow in this area. They will ensure, in the long term, the promotion of Made in Benin , and will make it possible to fight effectively against the export of raw materials which does not bring added value. An important step towards changing Benin's export structure.