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Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica entered into a partnership through the South-South Cooperation Programme for Sustainable Development, with the financial support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This initiative was established in 2002 based on the principles of equality, reciprocity and participation of all societal stakeholders.

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The Partner Countries

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The three partner countries participating in Partners in South-South Cooperation are:

› Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica Indicators

Country DataBeninBhutanCosta Rica
President: Thomas Boni Yayi King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck Laura Chinchilla
Area: 110.620 Km2 38,934 Km2 51.100 Km2
Population (Millions): 8.5 0.68 4.5
Annual Population Growth (% 2005-2015): 2.9 1.3 1.4
Human Development Index Rank (worldwide): 163 131 48
Adult literacy rate (% aged 15 and older): 34.7 59.5 94.9
Fertility rate, total (births per woman): 5.9 2.9 2.3
Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births): 89 40.1 11
GDP ($US in Billions): 4.3 1.2 20.0
GDP per capita ($US): 508 2109.3 4,627
Imports of goods & services (% of GDP): 26 43.5 54
Exports of goods & services (% of GDP): 13 64.7 48
Female Seats in Parliament (%): 8.4 12.5 38.6
Electricity consumption per capita 2004 (kw-hrs): 81 229 1,876
Traditional fuel consumption (%): 72.7 66.0 24.9
Internet users (per 1000 people): 50 39 254
Telephone mainlines (per 1000 people): 9 51 321
Cellular subscribers (per 1000 people): 89 59 254

Source: Based on UNDP Data and Fact-sheets (Human Development Report, 2006, http://hdrstats.undp.org/buildtables/#) and Statistical Yearbook 2010.