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Madagascar hopes to boost economic
growth through agricultural transformation   

ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- Madagascar hopes to realize economic development through agricultural transformation, Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina has said.

“I am committed to give new impetus to the economic development of Madagascar.

“We should ensure agricultural transformation,” the president said at the opening ceremony of a four-day international agriculture fair.

“Madagascar needs to focus on a fundamental sector, the agricultural sector that is the basis of food security,” said Rajaonarimampianina.

“The agricultural sector remains the surest asset of food security, but also one of the most credible paths to get our country out of poverty and its food insecurity situation,” he said.

About 30 million hectares of arable land in Madagascar remains untapped, he said, noting that Madagascar has many market opportunities.

“We have 500 million consumers only in the sub-region, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Indian Ocean Commission (IOC),” he said.

Rajaonarimampianina said that it is necessary to face the international rules of international trade “by supplying products in quantity and quality, respecting the standards and specificities demanded by these markets.”

Minister of Agriculture Rivo Rakotovao said the government is going to solve the land problems between family farmers and agribusiness.

The government will seek a solution so that investors can provide financial support to improve the production of small farmers, the minister said.



Madagascar’s president conducts partial cabinet reshuffle

ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina conducted on Friday a partial cabinet reshuffle, the secretary general of the presidency Roger Ralala revealed at the presidential website.

Former Minister of Transport Benjamina Ramanantsoa replaced Narison Rafidimanana as minister of state in charge of presidential projects, land reform and equipment.

Rabary Njaka replaced Atallah Beatrice as minister of foreign affairs.

Elise Alexandrine Rasolo replaced Charles Andriamiseza as justice minister.

Former Minister of Trade Armand Tazafy replaced Chabani Nourdine as minister of industry and development of private sector.

Former Minister of Industry Chabani Nourdine replaced Armand Tazafy as minister of trade and consumption.

Ralava Beboarimisa replaced Benjamina Ramanantsoa as minister of transport and meteorology.


China helps Madagascar boost access to drinking water

ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- China will fund to dig 200 water wells for people in two regions in southwestern Madagascar, Madagascar’s Minister of Water, Energy and Hydrocarbons Lantoniaina Rasoloelison said on Friday in capital Antananarivo.

“Madagascar plans to increase to 67 percent the access rate for drinking water for its population by 2030 in the framework of the Sustainable Development goals (SDG),” the minister said at Ivato International Conference Center during the signing ceremony for this project.

The Chinese Agency for International Economic Cooperation representative Ai Yinfang said that once completed, this project will largely alleviate the problem of water scarcity for the people in these areas.

Atsimo Andrefana and Menabe are two regions in the south part of Madagascar where people suffer the most from water shortage.

Access rates to drinking water in these localities are very low, at 28 percent and 30 percent respectively.

A technical team dedicated to this purpose has been dispatched to Madagascar to carry out additional surveying, with a view to start the project as soon as possible, Ai said.


China to send ophthalmologists’ team to Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- A group of Chinese ophthalmologists will be sent in November to Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo to perform 200 cataract surgeries for Malagasy patients, the Chinese ambassador to Madagascar Yang Xiaorong said on Tuesday.

A Memorandum of Understanding for Bright Journey Project in Madagascar, aimed at providing 200 free cataract surgeries scheduled in November, was signed on Tuesday by the Chinese Ambassador to Madagascar Yang Xiaorong and Madagascar’s minister of Public Health Lalatiana Andriamanarivo.

“Madagascar has a real problem of accessibility, especially from a financial matter. Many patients cannot afford to be operated especially in the field of ophthalmology,” Madagascar’s minister of health said on Tuesday.

The minister of Health added that not only Chinese ophthalmologists will operate the patients freely but they will also leave their medical equipment for our Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona Hospital, he said.

Sino-Malagasy health cooperation dates back more than 40 years, and involves support for the construction and rehabilitation of hospital infrastructure, donation of materials and equipment, medical training, and sending of Chinese medical missions with various specialties every two years at several hospitals in the country.



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