Unpaid internet bills hamper maritime surveillance
Operator Telmad has cut off the phone lines and internet access of the cash-strapped body that collates information on Madagascar's maritime traffic.
During his visit to Madagascar, the French director of security and defence cooperation tried to breathe new life into the partnership between the two countries. Maritime projects launched by the US and Japan are also moving at a slow pace.
Madagascan president Andry Rajoelina is continuing to rely on the same small group of individuals who were handling security questions before the mid-2021 attempted coup. He nevertheless launched a radical reorganisation of the army before the would-be putschists were arrested.
France and the United States are to use their respective cooperation arrangements with Madagascar to help it protect its territorial waters from criminal activity. Despite the government's ambitions, the Madagascan navy still does not have a fleet capable of protecting the country's interests.