an independent kingdom, Madagascar became a French colony in 1886, but
regained its independence in 1960. During 1992-93, free presidential
and National Assembly elections were held, ending 17 years of
single-party rule. In 1997, in the second presidential race, Didier
RATSIRAKA, the leader during the 1970s and 1980s, was returned to the
presidency. The 2001 presidential election was contested between the
followers of Didier RATSIRAKA and Marc RAVALOMANANA, nearly causing
secession of half of the country. In April 2002 the High Constitutional
Court announced RAVALOMANANA the winner.
faces problems of chronic malnutrition, under-funded health and
education facilities, a roughly 3% annual population growth rate, and
severe loss of forest cover, accompanied by erosion. Agriculture,
including fishing and forestry, is the mainstay of the economy,
accounting for one-third of GDP and contributing more than 70% to
export earnings. Industry features textile manufacturing and the
processing of agricultural products. Growth in output in 1992-97
averaged less than the growth rate of the population. Growth has been
held back by anti-government strikes and demonstrations, a decline in
world coffee prices, and the erratic commitment of the government to
economic reform. The extent of government reforms, outside financial
aid, and foreign investment will be key determinants of future growth.
Holidays Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Mar 25* - Good Friday
Mar 28* - Easter Monday
Mar 29 - Commemoration of the 1947 Rebellion or Martyr's Day
May 1 - Labour Day
Jun 26 - Independence Day
Aug 15 - Assumption
Sep 27 - St Vincent de Paul's Day
Nov 1 - All Saints Day
Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Dec 30 - Anniversary of the Republic of Madagascar
Ps: The Festivals' date(*) are subject to change in every new year.
Country Code: 261
Outgoing International Code: 16
CIA - The World Factbook - Republic of Madagascar
website indicates a wide range of detail information about Madagascar
by introducing under 8 different fields as its geography, people,
government, economy, communications, transportation, military,
is available to find out Madagascar's general outlook on the issues of
its social and business profile, passport/visa, money, accommodation,
government, duty free, health and so forth.
Doing Business in Madagascar
Bank represents a snapshot of the business climate in Madagascar by
identifying specific regulations and policies that encourage or
discourage investment, productivity, and growth related to
Business Directory - Madagascar
offers business resources and services by creating cross-referenced
categories in business opportunities for Madagascar as business to
business, classifieds, cooperatives, directories, organizations &
Madagascar - INDEX
is available to find out a list of sites were you can expect to find
specific information about Madagascar when searching their database on
the word "Madagascar".
U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs - For Madagascar
Bureau of Consular Affairs creates a wide range of research named as
Consular Information Sheet about Madagascar in terms of analyzing its
social, political, cultural & economic environments.
African Studies: Madagascar
There is a wide range of research about Madagascar's business & economic profile.
World Trade Organization(WTO): Madagascar
Trade Organization(WTO) supplies the trade policy reviews of republic
of Madagascar in order to display the recent economic and business
developments realized after introducing the economic improvement
packages by WTO.
U.S. Department of State: Country Commercial Guide: Madagascar
country commercial reports are prepared annually by U.S. Embassies with
the assistance of several U.S. Government agencies that basically
offers a comprehensive outlook at Madagascar's commercial environments,
using economic, political, and market analysis.
Embassy Listings For Madagascar
There are listed the embassies of the republic of the Madagascar including the embassies' contact information.
Madagascar Government Online
displays the structure of Madagascar government by looking at its
political units, branches, ministries, embassies and so forth in