We are aware of how rice smuggling is affecting the development of local capacity in rice farming in Nigeria. It is affecting trade between us negatively, and Nigeria is an important partner for a country like Benin. But we have no powers to block goods meant for other countries, and our country is not the final destination for the smuggled rice. We need to develop a common will to face the problem," President Talon said.
Presidents also discussed the idea of a rail network to link Nigeria, Benin Republic, Niger Republic, and some other countries, saying that "it is valuable economically."