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First international cooperation trip for Isabelle Berro-Amadeï

From 26 March to 2 April 2022, a Monegasque delegation* led by Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, visited Madagascar to hold discussions with the Malagasy authorities, to open a food factory in the south of the country, and to meet the partners working with Monaco’s Department of International Cooperation. The working visit provided an opportunity to sign the first general framework agreement on cooperation between the two countries.

Visite de travail d’Isabelle Berro-Amadeï à Madagascar. Avec les enfants bénéficiaires du GRET ©DR

While in Madagascar, the Monegasque delegation was able to strengthen links with the country’s authorities, holding meetings with the President of Madagascar Andry Rajoelina as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs Richard Randriamandrato and Minister of Public Health Professor Zely Arivelo Randriamanantany.

The visit was a chance to review the special partnership that Monaco has with the leading country in its international cooperation programme, which is facing some very significant challenges, particularly in relation to food security.

During site visits and working meetings, a range of projects and programmes in the fields of food security, health, child protection, entrepreneurship and support for civil society in Madagascar were discussed. Meetings were held with the World Food Programme, the Institut Pasteur, GRET and local associations such as SISAL, whose health centre for people living with HIV is supported by Fight Aids Monaco, an international solidarity organisation.

The highlights of the trip included the renewal of the 2016 Sectoral Agreement on Health with the Ministry of Public Health at the National Malaria Control Centre built by Monaco in Antananarivo.

At the invitation of Alain Mérieux, President of the Mérieux Foundation, and in the presence of Madagascar’s President, Andry Rajoelina, and the First Lady, the Monegasque delegation also visited the Nutrisud factory, which was officially opened on 1 October last year in Fort-Dauphin, in south-eastern Madagascar. This marked the launch of the Mitombo project, which will enable the production of local food supplements for those working to prevent malnutrition in the Androy and Anosy regions in southern Madagascar. A memorandum of understanding was signed, reaffirming the excellent partnership between the Mérieux Foundation and the Prince’s Government.

While in Madagascar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation was able to chat to two young International Volunteers of Monaco currently posted to the island to support local partners.

* The Monaco delegation comprised: Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Cyril Juge, Honorary Consul General of Monaco to Madagascar, Niry Rabemanolontsoa, Vice-Consul, Bénédicte Schutz, Monaco’s Special Representative for International Cooperation, Sophie Robin, Madagascar Programme Manager, Natacha Tang, Country Coordinator, Myriam Landau, Health Advisor, Charlotte Dolfer, Assistant Programme Manager, Soafara Raonimanga, Project Lead, and Livio Totozafy, Trainee.

Visite de travail d’Isabelle Berro-Amadeï à Madagascar. Institut Pasteur de Madagascar ©DR

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