India-Madagascar to Sign Pacts to Strengthen Ties

India and Madagascar have planed to sign several pacts in order to strengthen the bilateral ties of the two nations.

Highlights

Both the countries are currently discussing the Memorandum of Understanding in the field of tourism, culture, health, traditional medicine, telemedicine and tele-education.

Background

On November 23, 2020 the Indian Ambassador Abhay Kumar met Tehindrazanarivelo Djacoba Liva, Foreign Minister of Madagascar. Since then, the bilateral relation between India and Madagascar have been witnessing an upswing. The officials from both the sides discussed about the bilateral relations. Further, in the year 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind had visited the East African country. During the visit, a defence cooperation agreement was also signed between both the countries.

How India contributes to development of Madagascar?

India recently set up Bhabhatron in Madagascar. It is a radiotherapy machine at the HJRA Hospital in Antananarivo, the Capital of Madagascar. Apart from that, India also runs a Centre for Geospatial Applications for the Rural Development in Madagascar. These developmental steps are undertaken by India in order to strengthen the bilateral ties.

India-Madagascar relations

Relations between Madagascar and western India dates back to the 18th century. While the regular trade between both the countries was started in the late 19th century. The official diplomatic relation between both the countries began in 1954 with the establishment of a consulate in French-controlled Madagascar. After independence of Madagascar, the consulate was turned to embassy status. In the year 2018, Ram Nath Kovind became the first President to visit Madagascar. He was given Madagascar’s highest-honour for non-citizens called the Grand Cross of the Second Class.