Jean-Michel Abimbola has officially been appointed Minister of Maritime Economy, Maritime Transport and Port Facilities of the Republic of Benin on May 31, 2011. After graduate studies in Paris and a few years with Hertz in France, Jean-Michel Abimbola created Hertz Benin in October 2000. Between 2005 and his appointment to the Ministry of Maritime Economy, he served as Managing Director of the Agency of Administration of the Industrial Free Zone of Benin. He is Chief Executive Officer GBB-SOPAB since 1998.
Jean-Michel Abimbola has many political responsibilities: he is the Deputy of the 6th Legislature, President of the Rassemblement National pour la Démocratie, Deputy National Secretary of the Jeunesse de l'Union pour la Majorité Présidentielle Plurielle, and National Secretary for Economic Affairs of the Cauri Forces for an Emerging Benin.
He also serves as General Treasurer of the Association of Cotton Fiber Processing Industries, Technical Advisor to the President for Industry, member of the Council of Private Investors in Benin and a founding member of the National Association of Industrialists of Benin.
Jean-Michel Abimbola is a specialist of the free zones and of development issues. He also knows very well about the private sector in Benin, the issue of private investment and "Doing Business" and the Benin's industrial sector.
A graduate of High School of Applied Business Sciences (Ecole Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées -ESLSCA) and of the High Business School of Paris, he is the author of studies and papers (Investing in the Free Zone of Benin, Industrialization and development, Free Zone and development: the case of Benin ...).