Madagascar
  • Malagasy national arrested with heroin at Mauritius airport
    20 january 2019 18:46:15
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius security services have intercepted 256.28 grams of heroin from the luggage of a female passenger traveling with a Malagasy passport at the SSR International Airport, Plaisance, Southern Mauritius.Full text...
  • Madagascar's new leader must tackle historic rights violations - rights group
    18 january 2019 14:28:56
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Incoming President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, must tackle historic human rights violations, including excessive use of pretrial detention and arbitrary detentions. Full text...
  • Zambian President to attend Madagascar presidential inauguration
    18 january 2019 13:31:56
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu will on Saturday travel to Madagascar to attend the inauguration of the Indian Ocean island-nation's President-elect Andry Rajoelina in the capital, Antananarivo.Full text...
  • Guinean president to attend investiture of Malagasy president-elect
    16 january 2019 21:29:58
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The head of state of Guinea, Alpha Condé, will travel to Madagascar on Saturday to attend the investiture of president-elect Andry Rajaoelina, an official source announced in Conakry on Wednesday.Full text...
  • Malagasy nationals nabbed with illegal gold at Mauritius airport
    11 january 2019 15:42:12
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) on Thursday seized 25.5 kg of gold ingots at the SSR International airport on three passengers, aged 58, 22 and 59, respectively, on landing from Madagascar but transiting in Mauritius, PANA learnt from official sources here.Full text...
  • IOC welcomes Rajoelina’s election as Madagascar president
    10 january 2019 18:06:13
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) on Thursday congratulated Andry Nirina Rajoelina on his election as Madagascar president, as confirmed on 8 January 2019 by the Constitutional Court. Full text...
  • France congratulates new Malagasy President
    09 january 2019 17:36:42
    Paris, France (PANA) - The French government through its Foreign Ministry "warmly" congratulated Malagasy President Andry Rajoelina on his election after the proclamation on Tuesday of the final results of the presidential election by the High Constitutional Court, and wished him all the best while assuring him of its support to help him in his new tasks.Full text...
  • UN chief commends leaders, State institutions in ‘historic milestone’ election in Madagascar
    09 january 2019 05:52:36
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Following a run-off election for the presidency of Madagascar which saw former leader Andry Rajoelina declared the winner on Tuesday, the UN chief has commended all those who contributed to the “peaceful and orderly” voting process that began at the end of November. Full text...
  • Malagasy president points to Africa's untapped opportunities
    09 december 2018 16:25:34
    Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt (PANA) - Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina said here on Sunday that Africa has important opportunities that should be exploited for the continent's development. Full text...
  • IOC sues for dialogue, ahead of run off vote in Malagasy presidential polls
    08 december 2018 12:46:50
    Ebene, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is suing for dialogue among stakeholders in Malagasy as the country braces up for a second-round of voting in the Malagasy presidential election. Full text...
  • Malagasy woman jailed 18 years in Mauritius for drug trafficking
    02 december 2018 06:24:05
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - A Malagasy woman who was arrested in Mauritius five years ago for drug trafficking has been jailed for 18 years, PANA has learnt from a judicial source in the Mauritian capital.Full text...
  • UN chief commends Madagascar on first round of peaceful elections
    29 november 2018 19:43:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The results of the first round of voting to choose Madagascar’s next President were announced on Wednesday, prompting the UN chief to commend the peaceful nature of the vote, which now moves to a second round run-off next month. Full text...
  • Indian Ocean Commission lauds Malagasy for 'successful' first round presidential vote
    19 november 2018 09:48:41
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Indian Ocean Commission has lauded the successful first round of Madagascar's presidential election held on 7 November, citing the exemplary behaviour of Malagasy voters who exercised their civic right in dignity. Full text...
  • Rights group urges next Malagasy gov't to end human rights violations
    03 november 2018 04:25:32
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The next government of Madagascar must bring an end to the brutal suppression of human rights in the country, Amnesty International said ahead of the island nation’s upcoming election. Full text...
  • Rights body decries lengthy pre-trial detention of sick, poor petty offenders in Madagascar
    23 october 2018 10:20:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - People who have not been found guilty of any crime are dying in Madagascar’s prisons due to appalling conditions, Amnesty International said on Tuesday in a report, which highlights how the authorities' excessive use of pre-trial detention is harming the poorest people in society. Full text...
  • AfDB investments transform Madagascar’s key rice regions
    02 october 2018 13:36:01
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Madagascar’s three key rice farming regions have witnessed an unprecedented transformation, with yields per hectare virtually tripling over the past five years, thanks to investments totalling US$148.28 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB) in the region’s agriculture infrastructure. Full text...
  • First time in 10 years Madagascar eyes above 5 percent growth in 2018
    27 september 2018 11:22:32
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) – Driven by a rebound in agricultural production as well as increased public investment, Madagascar’s economic growth is expected to exceed 5 percent this year, the highest level in 10 years, according to the latest review by the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...
  • UN Secretary-General reaffirms support for Madagascar's electoral process
    09 september 2018 07:29:51
    New York, US (PANA) - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has welcomed the appointment on 7 September of Rivo Rakotovao, President of the Madagascar Senate, as acting president of the country. Full text...
  • Malagasy national nabbed with heroin at Mauritius airport
    05 september 2018 17:05:48
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA) has arrested a female Malagasy national at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam international airport, Plaisance, carrying 216g of heroin. Full text...
  • Severe food insecurity stalks two Madagascar regions
    09 august 2018 09:30:06
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - About 1.26 million people are expected to be severely food insecure in the Grand Sud and Grand Sud-Est regions of Madagascar between July and September 2018, according to the results of the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) food insecurity analysis conducted in June 2018. Full text...
  • WB report says inclusive growth essential for poverty reduction in Madagascar
    01 august 2018 18:29:14
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Overall, Madagascar’s economy has been performing well, with growth estimated at 4.2 % in 2017 and projected at 5.0 % in 2018, according to the latest edition of the World Bank’s Economic Update. Full text...
  • Experts gather in Madagascar to discuss Quality Physical Education in Africa
    14 june 2018 14:14:05
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The government of Madagascar, in partnership with UNESCO, the African Union (AU) and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), is organizing the First Regional Conference of Experts on the Implementation in Africa of a Quality Physical Education and the Kazan Action Plan. Full text...
  • Guterres welcomes formation of unity government in Madagascar
    13 june 2018 05:39:30
    New York, US (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the formation on Monday of a government of national unity in Madagascar led by a non-partisan Prime Minister, as requested by the nation’s leading constitutional court. Full text...
  • Malagasy Customs seize drugs destined for Mauritius
    08 june 2018 11:35:58
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritius Revenue Authority (MRA)on Friday said that 80.2 kg of cannabis, 35.5 kg of hashish worth and 25.5 kg of heroin were seized by Malagasy Customs on Thursday in Madagascar, following intelligence shared by the MRA’s Customs Department to its Malagasy and Reunion Island counterparts. Full text...
  • Mauritius, Madagascar set up Joint Commission to expand cooperation
    18 may 2018 12:10:32
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius and Madagascar have embarked on a new path of bilateral cooperation and expanding the existing collaboration with the establishment of a Joint Permanent Commission. Full text...
  • Rights group tells Madagascar gov't mot to criminalise right to protest
    10 may 2018 05:19:59
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has told the Malagasy government that the right to protest should not be criminalised in the country. Full text...
  • SADC presses DRC to stick to electoral calendar, ensure credible polls
    24 april 2018 19:31:20
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Leaders of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Tuesday called on all stakeholders in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to remain committed to the implementation of the country’s electoral calendar and ensure a conducive environment for the holding of peaceful credible elections, scheduled to take place on the 23 December 2018. Full text...
  • CAF Bureau in Madagascar inaugurated
    31 march 2018 15:11:47
    Mahajanga, Madagascar (PANA) - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has opened its bureau in Madagascar, located in Mahajanga, a city in the northwest coast of the country. Full text...
  • IMF staff review progress of Madagascar’s economic programme
    28 march 2018 20:43:52
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) – Despite the effects of a major cyclone early this year and drought on agriculture and hydro power, as well as an outbreak of the plague on tourism in Madagascar, the country’s economic conditions remain favourable, with sustained growth and macroeconomic stability, according to a team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that visited Antananarivo from 14 -28 March 2018. Full text...
  • WHO chief urges Madagascar to invest in health to end plague epidemics
    09 january 2018 07:47:18
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The Director-General of WHO has outlined his vision for a Madagascar free of plague epidemics during a three-day visit to the island nation that started on 7 January 2018. Full text...
  • IFAD boosts Madagascar food, nutritional security
    14 december 2017 14:54:16
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A new financial agreement has been signed between the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Madagascar to sustainably improve incomes and food and nutrition security in the island nation. Full text...
  • Madagascar plague: Mitigating the risk of regional spread (A WHO Feature)
    05 november 2017 06:06:55
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - This year plague came early to Madagascar and spread quickly. When it began to move out from the areas where it traditionally occurs, people became increasingly alarmed – both within the island nation and in neighbouring territories and countries. Full text...
  • WHO sees drop in cases of plague in Madagascar
    03 november 2017 20:40:00
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – While progress has been made in response to the plague outbreak in Madagascar, and the number of suspected new cases continues to decline, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that sustaining operations through the remainder of the plague season will be critical as there is still a risk of potential further spread of the disease. Full text...
  • Mauritius: Mauritius takes steps to prevent pneumonic plague
    12 october 2017 07:04:44
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius has taken all precautionary and control measures at its air and sea ports, and reinforced surveillance at all levels in a bid to prevent transmission of pneumonic plague which is currently affecting the near-by island of Madagascar. Full text...
  • Madagascar: WHO ramps up response as bubonic, pneumonic plagues spread in Madagascar
    07 october 2017 10:13:06
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) – The United Nations health agency is rapidly scaling up response to a plague outbreak in Madagascar that has spread to the capital and port towns, infecting more than 100 people in just a few weeks. Full text...
  • Madagascar: Prudent fiscal policy helps Madagascar keep rein on inflation
    22 september 2017 07:10:16
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) – Prudent monetary policy has enabled Madagascar to contain inflation which ticked up earlier this year due to weather-related shocks, a staff team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) observed at the end of a mission to the island nation’s capital, Antananarivo. Full text...
  • US: Madagascar president thanks international community for support
    21 september 2017 09:13:48
    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, Full text...
  • Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB, Madagascar to cooperate on energy, agriculture
    25 july 2017 05:09:55
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has announced plans by the Bank to deepen cooperation with Madagascar over the next three to four years, with emphasis on the development of the energy and agriculture sectors. Full text...
  • US: 'Promote growth, invest in infrastructure, human capital' - IMF tells Madagascar
    29 june 2017 08:43:41
    Washington D.C., US (PANA) - Completion of the first review of Madagascar’s economic performance under a programme supported by an Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has enabled the immediate disbursement of US$86 million to the country striving to recover from political instability. Full text...
  • Zambia: Leaders of Zambia, Madagascar commit to Paris Agreement
    07 june 2017 17:38:08
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambia and Madagascar have reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change due to the devastating adverse effects that the the two countries, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region and the entire African continent, have experienced.Full text...
  • UN: UN appeals for US$20 million to help affected populations in Madagascar
    23 march 2017 20:30:21
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN and humanitarian partners are appealing for US$20 million to address the devastating consequences of "Cyclone Enawo" in Madagascar. Full text...
  • Madagascar: IMF says public investment props up Madagascar's growth
    23 march 2017 17:52:22
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - Though the impact of a drought in the central plateau and the cyclone that hit the northeast of Madagascar is not clear, the recent economic performance of the Indian Ocean island nation off the coast of southeast Africa has been encouraging, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Full text...
  • Botswana: Cyclone Enawo to deprive Botswana rain
    06 march 2017 19:32:20
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) – Botswana’s meteorological services department has said tropical cyclone Enawo is expected to hit Madagascar and deny Botswana some rains. Full text...
  • UN: FAO, WFP urge action on food insecurity in southern Madagascar
    18 november 2016 18:26:43
    New York, US (PANA) - Farmers in southern Madagascar, hit by three years of devastating drought, urgently need more support so they can plant crops in time for the December and January planting season, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.Full text...
  • UN: FAO warns on drought, hunger in southern Madagascar
    27 october 2016 17:23:05
    New York, US (PANA) - The impact of severe El Nino-induced drought on crop production in southern Madagascar, where nearly 850,000 people are acutely food insecure, is likely to persist into 2017 and requires an intensified humanitarian response, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Thursday. Full text...
  • UN: UN agencies scale up relief assistance in southern Madagascar
    20 october 2016 18:51:10
    New York, US (PANA) - Following a report that more than half of the population in southern Madagascar, about 840,000 people, are experiencing alarming rates of food insecurity, UN agencies are responding to the most severe cases of malnutrition and acute hunger to prevent a catastrophe.Full text...
  • UN: WFP to scale up emergency operations in southern Madagascar
    05 october 2016 21:07:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin said the agency will scale up its humanitarian operations in response to rising levels of hunger and malnutrition. as a third consecutive year of drought deepens the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people in the south of the island nation. Full text...
  • UN: WFP, FAO partner on food insecurity in southern Madagascar
    22 september 2016 19:05:41
    New York, US (PANA) - The Emergency Coordinator of the World Food Programme (WFP), Denise Brown, and the Emergency and Rehabilitation Division Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Dominique Burgeon, have began a week-long joint mission to Madagascar to address teh food insecurity in southern part of the country. Full text...
  • Madagascar: IMF Board approves US$304.7m credit for Madagascar
    29 july 2016 11:40:08
    Antananarivo, Madagascar (PANA) - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a US$304.7 million 40-month Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement for Madagascar to help reinforce macroeconomic stability and boost sustainable and inclusive growth in the Indian Ocean Island. Full text...
  • Brussels: OIF condemns attack on Antananarivo Stadium
    29 june 2016 14:05:42
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organization (OIF), Mrs Michaelle Jean, has "strongly" condemned the terrorists attack on the municipal stadium of Mahamasina, in the Malagasy capital, Antananarivo, according to a communiqué issued here and received Wednesday by PANA. Full text...

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