Antananarivo, 9 August 2022 (TDI): Madagascar and the European Union (EU) held their 10th edition of the political dialogue on 8 August 2022. The dialogue provided the opportunity to discuss the long-standing mutual partnership between the European Union and Madagascar.
Dialogue de partenariat avec l’UE – 10e édition. Cette rencontre a permis d’échanger sur nos projets, de trouver des solutions communes afin d’accélérer le développement de Madagascar, de renforcer la coopération sur la base d’un partenariat sincère et constructif. @UE_Madagascar pic.twitter.com/QG6CZ51wh0
— Andry Rajoelina (@SE_Rajoelina) August 9, 2022
Agenda of the Dialogue
The political dialogue first and foremost covers the values and fundamental principles shared by the European Union and Madagascar, as well as matters of general and regional interest.
The mission of the delegation of the European Union to Madagascar is to ensure the follow-up of bilateral relations in several fields. It includes political, economic, commercial, and cooperation relations. It is also an opportunity to exchange information and excavate mutual understanding between European Union and Madagascar.
The European Union is monitoring and promoting the indulgence of the country in the regional integration process. This initiative is also going to accelerate the development of the country. Strengthening cooperation on basis of a sincere and constructive partnership is the main goal of this dialogue.
European Union is also looking forward to the adoption of legislation related to the protection of human rights defenders given the repetitive persecutions in recent years.
The economic and trade partnership aims at productive investments and the creation of jobs in the country. Moreover, the delegation is looking to the competitiveness of the Malagasy economy.
Madagascar and EU Relations
Relations between the European Union and Madagascar were fully established in 2014. Since then, regular high-level political dialogues are taking place between the European Union and Malagasy authorities.
The country was also allocated 492 million euros under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) for 2014-2020 in the field of cooperation. The main purpose of this funding is to strengthen governance, infrastructure, and economic and rural development.
Trade relations between Madagascar and the EU are also very significant. The European Union is Madagascar’s largest trade partner representing one-third of its trade.