Andry Rajoelina takes stock for international partners

Andry Rajoelina received in Iavoloha, Tuesday, the international technical and financial partners of Madagascar. The ambassadors of 7 countries namely France, the United Kingdom, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, the United States and Japan, the resident representatives of the United Nations, the ADB, and the World Bank have participated in this meeting.

Less than six months before the election for the supreme magistracy, in November 2023, the time for assessment is approaching for Andry Rajoelina and he wants to be reassuring. Last Tuesday, he began to take stock of “his achievements” to international partners.

The financing of the presidential election was one of the essential points of the meeting. The vagueness indeed still persists on its financing. Estimated at 140 billion Ariary by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), the budget for the organization of the elections will not exceed 70 billion Ariary, according to the executive. But even if it has been halved, part of the funding still needs to be found. A Basket Fund, if we are to believe the promises of certain partners, is on the horizon but for the moment no amount has been announced. The Basket Fund would be a gesture of solidarity and support for the democratic efforts undertaken by Madagascar, declared Andry Rajoelina, to encourage donors to decide.

Regarding the reforms undertaken by the State, the adoption by Parliament of the new Investment Code supposed to facilitate the creation of businesses, and the implementation of targeted tax incentive measures, was put forward by the President . On the security side, he mentioned that since 2019, no case of kidnapping has been identified following the dismantling of kidnapping networks. About 10,000 soldiers, gendarmes and police would also have joined the forces of order to strengthen security and 6 courts of first instance have been built.

To strengthen the education system, 31,000 teachers have been recruited as civil servants since 2019, says the president.

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