French diplomat to head up EU delegation in Madagascar
In post since 2018, the European Union's Italian ambassador in Antananarivo, Giovanni Di Girolamo, will be stepping down this summer.
The EU delegation in Antananarivo is set to hire several consultants to carry out studies on Madagascar's government. In a document seen by Africa Intelligence, the diplomatic mission already deems the Malagasy state to be "ineffective and inefficient".
The calls for tender for Prodigy, the project to digitalise Madagascar's institutions, have not yet been launched, but Sipromad, Alibaba and Pangea IT are already keen to get a slice of the $143m the World Bank is contributing to the scheme.
Until recently, President Andry Rajoelina had long advocated using the "national remedy" of an Artemisia-based infusion to protect against and cure Covid-19. Madagascar's bigwigs, meanwhile, are doing all they can to vaccinate their families.
TV news channel Euronews is not in great shape, particularly after the failed sale of Africanews. The European Commission plans to reduce its subsidy and the various loans from majority stakeholder Naguib Sawiris have not been enough to make the company self-sufficient.
Andry Rajoelina, cloistered at the Iavoloha Palace, relies on a hand-picked team to manage the country's affairs. They are chosen above all for their loyalty to the president, and appear more interested in public relations than in dealing with the important affairs of state.