Madagascar Collaborates With China To Upgrade Telecom Network

The Republic of Madagascar has inked an agreement to benefit from Chinese innovations for the modernisation of its telecom network, according to reports by Ecofin.

The Madagascan government plans to install new telecommunications infrastructure, including data management centres and optical fibre links, which will be instrumental in further improving public services and reducing the high cost of internal telecommunications within the public administration.

According to Madagascar’s Prime Minister Christian Ntsay, the government now had access to the tools that would help strengthen security in Antananarivo for an improved investment space, including environmental and socio-economic investments.

Ntsay signed the deal with the Chinese Ambassador Yang Xiaorong at the head offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Anosy.
Also in attendance at the signing of the deal was Christian Ramarolahy, Madagascar’s Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Development.

The People’s Republic of China and Madagascar have diplomatic ties that date back to 1974 when the two governments signed their initial trade agreement.

From 2000 to 2011, there were roughly 19 Chinese official development finance projects that were identified in Madagascar through different media reports.
These projects ranged from developing a new hydroelectric plant in the Betsiboka River basin using a loan from China’s Export-Import Bank, to the construction of a massive international conference centre in Antananarivo.

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