US: Madagascar president thanks international community for support

New York, US (PANA) - The President of Madagascar Hery Martial Rajaonarimampianina Rakotoarimanana has thanked the international community for its support her in the country's key poverty alleviation initiatives,

“I can say that since 2016, Madagascar raised US$6.4 billion in global investment and aid from institutional donors,” the President announced in his address to the General Assembly.

This feat, he explained, was made possible through the easing of political conflicts in his country, a UN statement said.

He added that this injection of funds allowed Madagascar to start investing in the key sectors of its economy and for the future of the country.

Thanks to this funding, Madagascar is now working to reduce poverty in a sustainable manner, reaching 92 per cent of the population, he noted, highlighting that policies setting up basic infrastructure in several sectors are also starting to bear fruit, including agriculture, livestock, energy and fisheries.

The President also announced health projects, including the launch of a universal health coverage scheme, the reduction of maternal and infant mortality through a strengthening of the network of health centres, an increase in the Government budget on nutrition, and an advanced epidemiological surveillance system that would allow the Government to monitor some 28 epidemic-prone diseases in real time.

“One year to go to the 2018 presidential elections, after hard work and continuous determination, I can say that Madagascar has reached a milestone and a stage that now allow room for hope,” the country’s leader expressed.
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21 september 2017 09:13:48

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