Health Alert: Comoros is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases

Comoros is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. While most new cases have been concentrated in Moheli, rising numbers of new cases are being registered on all three islands.  U.S. government personnel in Comoros are required to request permission before travel off of Grande Comore. Actions to Take Comply with all host country measures to ... Read More»

Vacant Position: Physician

The U.S. Mission in Antananarivo is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Physician within the Health Unit. OPEN TO:                 All Interested Applicants / All Sources POSITION:                Physician; FSN-12 OPENING DATE:    January 11th , 2021 CLOSING DATE:     February 1st, 2021 WORK HOURS:       Part-time, 32 hours per week REQUIREMENTS: The physician in this position ... Read More»

Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros: Storming of the United States Capitol

January 8, 2021: The United States Congress has completed its Constitutionally mandated count of the Electoral College vote and affirmed the election of Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Kamala D. Harris.  They will be sworn into office and a peaceful transfer of power will occur on January 20, 2021.  The criminals who committed violent acts ... Read More»

U.S. Department of State Awards Malagasy Team $24,500 for “Women Break the Silence” Project

Antananarivo – The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and Comoros is pleased to announce that Marie Christina Kolo and her team have won the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) award for their project Women Break the Silence.  Projected to begin in January, this project seeks to support victims of sexual violence, ... Read More»

Vacant Position: Gardener

The U.S. Mission in Antananarivo is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Gardener within the Facility Management Section. OPEN TO:                 All Interested Applicants / All Sources POSITION:                Gardener; FSN-2 OPENING DATE:    December 18, 2020 CLOSING DATE:     January 7, 2021 WORK HOURS:       Full time, 40 hours per week REQUIREMENTS: The gardener is responsible ... Read More»

Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC) Agricultural Development Specialist for USAID

SOLICITATION NUMBER:          72068721R00003 ISSUANCE DATE:                          December 17, 2020 CLOSING DATE:                            January 18, 2021 SUBJECT:      Solicitation for U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC) Agricultural Development Specialist Dear Prospective Offerors: The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development Mission to Madagascar (USAID/Madagascar), is seeking offers from qualified persons to ... Read More»

Vacant Position: Truck Driver/Laborer

The U.S. Mission in Antananarivo is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Truck Driver/Laborer within the Warehouse Section, General Services Office.  OPEN TO:                 All Interested Applicants / All Sources POSITION:                Truck Driver/Laborer; FSN-04 OPENING DATE:    December 17, 2020 CLOSING DATE:     January 06, 2021 WORK HOURS:       Full time, 40 hours per ... Read More»

Ambassador Pelletier Speech – Announcement of $100 Million in Food Security Programs

December 14, 2020 Antananarivo His Excellency the President of Madagascar, The staff of the Presidency, Our valued partners, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Miarahaba anareo namana sy mpiara-miasa. Voninahitra ho ahy ny mijoro eto anilan’ny Filohan’ny Repoblika androany, tahaka ny ijoroan’i Etazonia eo anilan’ny vahoaka malagasy miatrika ny haintany sy ny tsy fanjarian-tsakafo izay mianjady amin’ny vahoaka ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides $100 Million to Improve Food Security in South and Southeastern Madagascar

Three new USAID projects will deliver immediate food aid and long-term solutions ANTANANARIVO – Alongside President Andry Rajoelina, U.S. Ambassador Michael P. Pelletier was pleased to announce three new projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), making an additional $100 million commitment by the United States to combat food insecurity in ... Read More»

Funding Opportunity : Countering Wildlife Trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa

Public Notice Federal Agency Name:         U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Announcement Title:            Countering Wildlife Trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa Announcement Type:           Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) Funding Opportunity Number:   SFOP0007433 CFDA Number:  19.705 – Transnational Crime Deadline for Applications: Complete SOIs must be submitted ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo (December 3, 2020) Location: The market behind the Leader Price across from the U.S. Embassy. Event: Demonstrations might take place on December 3, 2020. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area this morning. Actions to Take:   Avoid the areas of the demonstrations. Be aware of your surroundings. Monitor ... Read More»

The U.S. Government Provides Critical Support to the Turtle Survival Alliance

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens more than the health and livelihoods of Madagascar’s people; it also jeopardizes thousands of critically endangered tortoises currently in the care of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA). Facing a projected 80% drop in funding from its largest supporters — zoos and aquariums now shuttered due to COVID-19 — TSA thought it ... Read More»

Announcement: OpenAQ Community Ambassador Program

Apply now for the OpenAQ Community Ambassador Program. OpenAQ Community Ambassadors are individuals who are committed to using air quality data to create positive change in the fight against air inequality over the course of the 10-month fellowship, (and hopefully) beyond. This 10-month program will provide Ambassadors with interdisciplinary training, leadership development, and a supportive ... Read More»

The U.S. Government and the National Malaria Control Program Launch Indoor Spraying Campaign to Prevent Malaria

Malaria remains a severe risk to millions of people in Madagascar.  It is the fourth leading cause of disease and one of the top reasons people seek care at health centers.  Since the beginning of the year, over 1.4 million people in Madagascar, 5.6% of the population, have fallen ill with malaria. The U.S. Government ... Read More»

Atlas Corps: Madagascar Emerging Leaders Initiative

Apply for the Atlas Corps: Madagascar Emerging Leaders Initiative Priority deadline is December 31, 2020 The Atlas Corps: Madagascar Emerging Leaders Initiative is partially-supported by the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar and is looking to recruit emerging Malagasy social change leaders for professional development programs in the United States and online. Programs include Virtual Leadership Institute ... Read More»

U.S. Government’s Power Africa to Bring Electricity to 5,200 Rural Homes and Businesses

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Power Africa initiative, has awarded three companies in Madagascar a combined $1.2 million in grant funding to develop mini-grids that will bring electricity to more than 5,200 rural homes and businesses.  These grants are part of the U.S. Government’s $3 ... Read More»

The Embassy of the United States Celebrates the 21st Annual International Education Week

MORONI – Engaged, resilient, global: these are the characteristics cultivated by high-quality international education and the themes of this year’s International Education Week (IEW), happening from November 16 – 20.  IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education celebrated around the world every November.  The U.S. ... Read More»

The Embassy of the United States Celebrates the 21st Annual International Education Week

ANTANANARIVO – Engaged, resilient, global: these are the characteristics cultivated by high-quality international education and the themes of this year’s International Education Week (IEW), happening from November 16 – 20.  IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education celebrated around the world every November. The U.S. ... Read More»

Job Opportunity: ONE (1) Janitor

The United States Peace Corps/Madagascar is recruiting for : ONE (1) Janitor The US Peace Corps is seeking a full-time Janitor. The position is based at the Peace Corps Training Center (PCTC) in Mantasoa, Madagascar. Working as part of a team, the Janitor is primarily responsible ensuring the cleanliness and tidiness of the Peace Corps ... Read More»

The U.S. Government Donates Computer Equipment to the Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Rural Access to New Opportunities in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (RANO WASH) project, has donated $18,000 of computer equipment, including desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, and teleconferencing equipment, to the Ministry of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. This support is the second donation of ... Read More»

MCC and Africa50 Announce Strategic Collaboration, Creating New Global Investment Platform

WASHINGTON, D.C – The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Africa50 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop and launch the Millennium Impact for Infrastructure Accelerator (MIIA) Development Partnership. The new MIIA entity will be a global investment platform designed to spur and attract impact investments in Africa by developing bankable infrastructure deals with measurable ... Read More»

Solicitation for due diligence data collection Consultant

SOLICITATION FOR PO # 72068721P00002 ISSUANCE DATE:   October 27, 2020 CLOSING DATE:     November 5, 2020 18:00 Local Time SUBJECT:     Solicitation for due diligence data collection Consultant Dear Prospective Offerors. The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking a Malagasy consultant to collect data and information that ... Read More»

Vacancy Announcement: Administrative Assistant

The U.S. Mission in Antananarivo is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Administrative Assistant within the Public Affairs Section (PAS). OPEN TO:                 All Interested Applicants / All Sources POSITION:                Administrative Assistant; FSN-8/ FP-06 OPENING DATE:    October 21, 2020 CLOSING DATE:     November 11, 2020 WORK HOURS:       Full time, 40 hours per week REQUIREMENTS: ... Read More»

64,000 Children in Southern Madagascar Will Benefit from U.S. Government Assistance to Combat Malnutrition

As food insecurity in southern Madagascar becomes more severe, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided $2.5 million to UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide treatment for children under five years of age who are suffering from moderate and severe acute malnutrition. An analysis conducted in April 2020 ... Read More»

2019 Comoros Child Labor Report

Moderate Advancement In 2019, Comoros made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The National Assembly passed legislation authorizing the president to ratify the Palermo Protocol, which the president did in January 2020. Comoros also created the National Commission for Solidarity, Social Protection, and the Promotion of Gender to improve cooperation ... Read More»

2019 Madagascar Child Labor Report

Moderate Advancement In 2019, Madagascar made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The government published data on child labor and ratified International Labor Organization Convention C. 189 on Domestic Workers and the 2014 Protocol to the 1930 Convention on Forced Labor, both potentially relevant to addressing child labor. The Ministry of Labor also ... Read More»

The U.S. Government Launches 5-Year Project to Improve Madagascar’s Health Information System

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), in partnership with Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), is officially launching the PMI Measure Malaria project to build up the national health information system and combat malaria in Madagascar. Funded by USAID and PMI, PMI ... Read More»

RFQ#19MA1020Q0008: Trash Collection in US Embassy Compound

The U.S. Embassy Antananarivo would like to invite you to submit proposals for the trash collection services at the US Embassy Compound in Andranoro – Antehiroka, Antananarivo. It will be a base plus four option year contract. Ref:        RFQ#19MA1020Q0008 Trash Collection in US Embassy Compound The U.S. Embassy Antananarivo would like to invite you to ... Read More»

RFQ # PR95000321: Hysecurity slidedriver

The Embassy of the United States of America Antananarivo/Madagascar is inviting interested companies to submit a quotation for the below Hysecurity slidedriver, 2 each. The shipping address will be: IKUN, LLC Antananarivo 2801 Route 130 Unit 1 North Brunswick, NJ 08902 Specs: – Model: SlideDriver 50VF2/3 – Duty Cycle: Continuous – Horsepower: 2 hp – ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo (October 2, 2020) Location: The area in front of and near the Ministry of Communication (close to the Carlton Hotel) in Antananarivo. Event: Demonstrations are expected to take place on October 5, 2020. U.S. government personnel are advised to avoid the area tomorrow. Actions to Take:   Avoid ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Don’t Let the Elections Pass You By

If you plan to vote in the November 2020 election it is important to ACT NOW!  Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States – but you can get assistance in requesting and returning your absentee ballot.  Many states require voted ballots to ... Read More»

The U.S. Government Improves Access to Clean Water in Eastern Madagascar

For too many years, the communities of Anosibe Ifody (Moramanga, Alaotra Mangoro region) and Niarovana Caroline (Vatomandry, Atsinanana region) in Eastern Madagascar have struggled under the burden of undependable, contaminated water sources that led to sickness and poor sanitation. Anosibe Ifody was plagued with water quality problems including siltation during the rainy season and bacteriological ... Read More»

Private Sector Engagement Specialist for USAID

SOLICITATION NUMBER: 72068720R10011 ISSUANCE DATE: September 16, 2020 CLOSING DATE: October 6, 2020 SUBJECT: Solicitation for a Cooperating Country National Personal Service Contractor Private Sector Engagement Specialist, FSN-12 grade Dear Prospective Offerors: The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development Mission to Madagascar (USAID/Madagascar), is seeking offers from qualified persons to ... Read More»

New Tablet Computers to Help Eliminate Malaria in Two Districts of Madagascar

The U.S. Government’s President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are donating 65 tablet computers to support the Government of Madagascar’s plan to stamp out malaria in the districts of Antsirabe II and Antsiranana I. The U.S. Government, through PMI and USAID, supports Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health and ... Read More»

Development Outreach and Communications (DOC) Advisor for USAID

Dear Prospective Offerors:  The United States Government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is seeking offers from qualified persons to provide personal services under contract as described in this solicitation. Offers must be in accordance with the Attachment of this solicitation. Incomplete or unsigned offers will not be considered. Offerors should retain ... Read More»

The U.S. Government Donates Millions of Tests and Treatments for Malaria

“While we are currently battling the COVID-19 outbreak, we must continue to be vigilant against other threats to our public health and safety. Malaria remains a significant challenge and a risk to the health and well-being of Malagasy people,” stated U.S. Ambassador Michael P. Pelletier, as he announced a significant donation from the U.S. Government ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel advisory message

MADAGASCAR Reconsider travel to Madagascar due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Madagascar due to crime. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Madagascar due to COVID-19. Travelers to Madagascar may experience border closures, airport closures, travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions ... Read More»

Funding Opportunity

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to strengthen the capacity of Comorian civil society groups to work together with the government, including local elected officials such as mayors, to improve accountability and transparency, increase citizen engagement with local ... Read More»

Comoros Trafficking in Persons Report 2020 (Fr)

Comores (niveau 3) Le gouvernement des Comores ne répond  pas pleinement aux normes minimales pour l’élimination de la traite et ne fait pas d’efforts significatifs pour y parvenir ; les Comores sont donc restées au niveau 3. Malgré l’absence d’efforts significatifs, le gouvernement a pris certaines mesures pour lutter contre la traite. Le groupe de ... Read More»

Madagascar Trafficking in Persons Report 2020 (Mlg)

MADAGASIKARA (SOKAJY 2) Ny Fitondrana Malagasy dia tsy mahafeno tanteraka ireo fenitra farafahakeliny ho an’ny famongorana ny famarinana ; na izany aza anefa, dia manao ezaka goavana hanatrarana izany tanjona izany izy. Nanao ezaka ny fitondram-panjakana raha mitaha amin’ny tatitra teo aloha ka mahatonga azy hijanona ao amin’ny Sokajy 2. Ao anatin’ny ezaka natao ny ... Read More»

Madagascar Trafficking in Persons Report 2020 (Fr)

Madagascar (Catégorie 2) Le gouvernement de Madagascar ne se conforme pas entièrement aux normes minimales pour l’élimination de la traite, mais il fait des efforts importants pour y parvenir. Le gouvernement a fait preuve d’efforts accrus par rapport à la période du rapport précédent ; par conséquent, Madagascar est resté dans la catégorie 2. Ces ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Alert:State of Health Emergency Extended

Event: The State of Health Emergency continues in Madagascar. Flights in and out of the country remain suspended. The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar continues to track possible extraordinary flights for U.S. citizens who wish to depart Madagascar. While no seats are available on additional flights at this time, U.S. citizens in possession of valid U.S. passports who are interested ... Read More»

Virtual celebration of the 244th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America (ENG)

Speech of Ambassador Michael P. Pelletier   Good afternoon friends and colleagues… Ladies and gentlemen, far and near:  thank you for joining, or rather logging on, as we celebrate the 244th anniversary of the independence of the United States.  Despite the physical distance that separates us today, we thought it was important that we find ... Read More»

Virtual celebration of the 244th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America

Speech of Ambassador Michael P. Pelletier Virtual celebration of the 244th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America Ladies and gentlemen, friends and colleagues, all those joining us from far and near: thank you for joining, or rather logging on, as we celebrate the 244th anniversary of the independence of the United ... Read More»

Comoros Trafficking in Persons Report 2020

MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE Dear Reader: There has never been a more important moment to engage the fight for freedom. Now, more than ever, we must collectively commit to stopping human traffickers and protecting victims. We will not be deterred from dismantling this crime down to its very foundations and ensuring the protection ... Read More»

Madagascar Trafficking in Persons Report 2020

MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE Dear Reader: There has never been a more important moment to engage the fight for freedom. Now, more than ever, we must collectively commit to stopping human traffickers and protecting victims. We will not be deterred from dismantling this crime down to its very foundations and ensuring the protection ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Alert: State of Health Emergency Ongoing

Event: The State of Health Emergency continues in Madagascar. Flights in and out of the country remain suspended. The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar continues to track possible extraordinary flights for U.S. citizens who wish to depart Madagascar. While no seats are available on additional flights at this time, U.S. citizens in possession of valid U.S. passports ... Read More»

Message fo U.S. Citizens: Health Alert: State of Health Emergency Extended

Event: On May 30, the Government of Madagascar extended the State of Health Emergency for another 14 days.  Flights in and out of the country remain suspended. The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar continues to track possible extraordinary flights for U.S. citizens who wish to depart Madagascar. While no seats are available on additional flights at this ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Health Alert

Event: The Government of Madagascar has extended the State of Health Emergency for another 15 days.  Flights in and out of the country remain suspended. The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar continues to track possible extraordinary flights for U.S. citizens who wish to depart Madagascar. While no seats are available on additional flights at this time, U.S. ... Read More»

Telephonic Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Africa and the U.S. Response with Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs

Download or listen to the audio file … ENG … FR Moderator:  Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub.  I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from across the continent and thank all of you for joining this discussion. Before we begin today’s briefing, I would like to establish the ground ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: The Government of Madagascar has extended the state of health emergency until Sunday, May 17.

The Government of Comoros confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on May 1. As of May 5, four cases were confirmed. Restrictions put in place include: No international or domestic flights, No inter-island travel, Curfew from 8pm to 5am, Must wear masks in public.  Restrictions remain on public gatherings, including weddings and funerals (family and local ... Read More»

Op-Ed by U.S. Ambassador Michael P. Pelletier on the U.S. contribution to fight COVID-19

April 20, 2020 The story of U.S. leadership in the global battle against Covid-19 is a story of days, months, and decades. Every day, new U.S. technical and material assistance arrives in hospitals and labs around the world. These efforts, in turn, build on a decades-long foundation of American expertise, generosity, and planning that is ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Air France flight from Antananarivo to Paris CDG on April 23 leaving at 8 PM

The U.S. Mission to Antananarivo has learned that Air France will operate a flight from Antananarivo to Paris CDG on April 23 leaving at 8 PM. Priority for this flight’s seats go to French and EU citizens. If there are seats available, Americans may be considered. If you are interested in being placed on the ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible flight to Addis Ababa April 14

The U.S. Mission to Madagascar has learned of a flight possibility to Addis Ababa. A local Japanese travel agency named ARICS TOURS is orgainzing a special charter flight with Ethiopian Airlines to fly from Antananarivo to Addis Ababa in the afternoon of Tuesday April 14, 2020.  This flight is not organized by the U.S. Government. ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Tsaradia Flights to Antananarivo

The U.S. Mission to Antananarivo has learned that Tsaradia has scheduled flights today April 8 and tomorrow April 9 running from regional cities to the capital Antananarivo.  The cities listed include Antsiranana (Diego-Suarez), Nosy Be, Morondava, Mahajanga, Toliara, Taolagnaro (Fort Dauphin), and Sambava.  Please contact Tsaradia for more information and to inquire about availability. To ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Update 1 for 3/29

The U.S. Mission to Madagascar is still working on the two flight options discussed in previous emails. The State Department continues to explore other options but there are no guarantees. Those who emailed about tomorrow’s flight to Dulles per the last alert’s instructions will receive an email shortly about your status on the flight and ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Confirmed availability of seats on a charter flight from Antananarivo to Dulles airport in Washington, DC.

The U.S. Mission to Madagascar has confirmed potential availability of seats on a charter flight from Antananarivo to Dulles airport in Washington, DC.  The flight would likely leave at 3:34 PM Madagascar time on Sunday March 29 and arrive at Dulles Airport in Washington, DC on Monday March 30 at 3:49 PM EST. If interested please ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Availability of seats on a charter flight from Antananarivo to Dulles airport in Washington, DC.

The U.S. Mission to Madagascar has confirmed potential availability of seats on a charter flight from Antananarivo to Dulles airport in Washington, DC.  The flight would likely leave the morning of Sunday March 29 or Monday March 30 but this is still to be determined.   Availability is still to be determined.  If interested please send the information requested ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Update 2 for 3/27

The Embassy continues to explore all options for evactuation in the midst of a rapidly changing situation. At this time, there is no new information to report. If you wish to stop receiving updates, you can un-enroll through your STEP account. Madagascar has declared a state of health emergency, placed restrictions on movement, and instituted ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Update 1 for 3/27

The Embassy continues to explore all options for evacuation while the situation continues to rapidly evolve. At this time, there is no new information to share. If you wish to stop receiving updates, you can un-enroll through your STEP account. Madagascar has declared a state of health emergency, placed restrictions on movement, and instituted a ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Update 2 for 3/26

The State Department continues to explore all options for evacuation. However, there is nothing new to report at this time. Madagascar has declared a state of health emergency, placed restrictions on movement, and instituted a curfew. Amcits have reported issues due to the restrictions. Please read about the restrictions by following links on the Embassy’s  COVID-19 website ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Update One for 3/26

The State Department continues to explore all options to help American citizens evacuate. Thank you to all who provided the information necessary to express interest in the private charter which may be run by Ethiopian Airlines from Antananrivo to Addis Ababa on Tuesday March 31 leaving at 14:30 and arriving at 19:10.  Again, there are no guarantees ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Available seats on a charter flights from Antananarivo to Addis Ababa.  

The U.S. Mission to Madagascar has confirmed potential availability of seats on a charter flights from Antananarivo to Addis Ababa.  The flight would be a private charter run by Ethiopian Airlines on Tuesday March 31 leaving at 14:30 and arriving at 19:10. These are not U.S. government operated or funded flights.  Availability and cancellations are controlled by ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location:  Madagascar and Comoros Event: As of March 18, 2020, there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases in Madagascar or Comoros, but the health systems in both countries have limited capacity to respond in the case of an outbreak. The Government of Madagascar announced that all international flights will be cancelled effective March 20, 2020.  The Government ... Read More»

2019 Comoros Human Rights Report

Preface From the time we declared our independence as a free nation, the United States has committed itself to the ideals of democracy, individual freedom, equal protection under the rule of law, and the protection of human rights.  Our nation was founded on the premise that all human beings are created equal in rights and ... Read More»

Statement of the U.S. Embassy

January 19, 2020 The United States congratulates Madagascar on the launch of today’s tree-planting campaign in Ankazobe.  The United States Embassy is proud to partner with the government and people of Madagascar on environmental conservation activities aimed at protecting the island’s spectacular biodiversity and natural resources.  The Government of the United States of America, through ... Read More»

Explore Investment and Partnership Opportunities in Madagascar’s Textile Sector

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo Presents: Explore Investment and Partnership Opportunities in Madagascar’s Textile Sector   Webinar Details: Wednesday, January 29 @ 10:00 am (EST) Wednesday, January 29@ 6:00 pm (Madagascar time) … Click here to register online by Monday, January 27   Information and conversation on the webinar are not treated as business confidential. For questions requiringbusiness confidentiality, please directly contact the Embassy POC provided during ... Read More»

Call for application for the Summer 2020 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI)

The American Embassy is accepting applications for the Summer 2020 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI): For Scholars For Secondary Educators. Please submit application forms by email to raharijaf@state.gov or lalaharivonymi@state.gov NO LATER THAN Friday, December 27, 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) are intensive university-level programs hosted by various institutions throughout the United States focusing ... Read More»

40 New Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn-in

ANTANANARIVO – 40 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in to service by the American Ambassador, His Excellency Michael Pelletier, in a ceremony held at his residence in Ambaranjana today. These new Volunteers will work in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). They recently finished eleven weeks of intensive cultural, language, and ... Read More»

PAS Small Grants Program

 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY ANTANANARIVO PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM   Funding Opportunity Title:  U.S. Embassy Antananarivo PAS Annual Program Statement Funding Opportunity Number: PAS-ANTAN-FY20 CFDA Number:  19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Contact:  Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Antananarivo Email: AntanPASGrants@state.gov A. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy Antananarivo Public Affairs Section (PAS) ... Read More»

Alert: Security Alert for Comoros Explosions

Location: Throughout the island of Anjouan, Union of Comoros Event: Recently, explosions near roadways have been reported on the island of Anjouan.  The explosions have been unpredictable and the source is unclear. Actions to take: Reconsider travel to the Island of Anjouan, in the Union of Comoros. Monitor local media for updates. Be aware of your ... Read More»

July 4th Celebration – Ambassador’s speech

Arahabaina! Tratry ny asaramanitra daholo! Distinguished guests and friends, thank you for joining us to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the independence of the United States (and over 150 years of friendship between our two countries). It is fitting to gather here at Villa Philadelphia, since it was in the city of Philadelphia that on ... Read More»

Madagascar 2018 International Religious Freedom Report

Executive Summary The constitution provides for freedom of religious thought and expression and prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace. Other laws protect individual religious freedom against abuses by government or private actors. The government began implementation of the nationality law passed in 2017, and local nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) reported an increase in requests for nationality ... Read More»

2020-2021 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The American Embassy is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program.  This one-year, full scholarship program is offered to mid-level professionals who have a proven record of leadership, commitment to public service, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading ... Read More»

Forty-two New Peace Corps Volunteers Will Work in the Fields of Health and Agriculture

ANTANANARIVO–On June 6, 2019, forty-two new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in to service by the American Ambassador Michael Pelletier in a ceremony at the Ambassador’s Residence in Antananarivo. The new Volunteers will work in the fields of health and agriculture. Volunteers recently finished ten weeks of intensive cultural, language, and technical training and have now ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts 21st Century Skills English Teaching Symposium

U.S. Embassy Hosts 21st Century Skills English Teaching Symposium The U.S. Embassy holds Madagascar’s largest capacity-building workshop for local English teachers ANTANANARIVO – The opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy’s 21st Century Skills English Teaching Symposium took place today at the Centre de Conference International (CCI) Ivato. Supporting President Andry Rajoelina’s initiative to strengthen English ... Read More»

New United States-Funded Health Project to Deliver Medical Supplies in 13 Regions of Madagascar

The $32 million IMPACT program will improve the supply and delivery of materials for maternal and child health, malaria, and family planning ANTANANARIVO — The United States government has introduced its second major health program of the year, officially launching activities for the Improving Market Partnership and Access to Commodities Together (IMPACT) program, in partnership ... Read More»

The United States Government Launches its Largest Ever Health Project in Madagascar

The five-year ACCESS Health Program will improve health services for nearly 16 million Malagasy people ANTANANARIVO — The U.S. Government, through the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID), together with Madagascar’s Ministry of Public Health has officially launched the Accessible Continuum of Care and Essential Services Sustained (ACCESS) Activity —a five-year, $90-million health program that ... Read More»

Security Alert for Comoros Political Unrest

Location: Throughout the three islands of the Union of the Comoros Event:  The Union of the Comoros is experiencing gunfire, political unrest, and infrastructure disruptions.  US Government personnel have been ordered to depart the country. Actions to take: Reconsider travel to the Union of Comoros. Monitor local media for updates. Avoid crowds. Avoid demonstrations. Be ... Read More»

Security Alert for Comoros Demonstrations

Location: Throughout the three islands of the Union of the Comoros  Event:  The Union of the Comoros has experienced demonstrations, civil unrest, and roadblocks impacting travel since the March 24 elections.  Chief of Mission official and personal travel to the Comoros is restricted until further notice except for mission-critical travel deemed essential by the Deputy ... Read More»

Security Alert for Comoros Elections

Location: Throughout Anjouan and Moheli, Comoros  Event: Upcoming elections raise the potential for internal travel disruption in the Union of the Comoros. In such an event, roads may be blocked and travel off of the islands may become impossible. Embassy employees are prohibited from conducting non-official travel to Anjouan and Moheli from March 22, 2019 to ... Read More»

Ambassador Michael Pelletier Meets President Andry Rajoelina

The new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar, Michael Pelletier, presented his credentials to President Andry Rajoelina during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace on March 5, 2019. During the meeting, Ambassador Pelletier reiterated America’s ongoing partnership with Madagascar. The Ambassador also stated that he looks forward to working together with the government, as ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar (February 28, 2019) Location:  Madagascar, country-wide Event: There is an outbreak of measles across Madagascar.  The CDC has issued a Travel Notice for Madagascar with detailed information regarding the outbreak.  There have been more than 82,905 cases of the disease in which 622 deaths are confirmed and 304 suspected as of ... Read More»

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros

January 28, 2019 Michael Peter Pelletier appointed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros Michael Peter Pelletier was appointed as the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Madagascar and the Union of the Comoros on January 2, 2019.  ... Read More»

STATEMENT BY ROBERT PALLADINO, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON

January 19, 2019 Congratulatory Statement on Madagascar’s Presidential Election The United States commends the Malagasy government and its citizens for the peaceful presidential election, which further strengthens Madagascar’s democracy. Since Madagascar’s independence in 1960, the United States has supported the development of the country’s democratic processes and institutions. We will continue to promote a prosperous, ... Read More»

Alert: Political Demonstration – U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

 Location: Downtown Antananarivo specifically around City Hall and the broader Independence Avenue. Event: A political demonstration is currently taking place in downtown Antananarivo, on Independence Avenue, specifically by City Hall.  Please avoid this area until further notice. Embassy personnel have been required to avoid the area during this time. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas ... Read More»

Alert: Political Demonstration – U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar 

 Location: Downtown Antananarivo specifically City Hall, the Soarano train station, and the broader Independence Avenue. Event: A political demonstration is currently taking place in downtown Antananarivo, on Independence Avenue, specifically by City Hall and Soarano train station.  There have been reports of conflict between demonstrators and security forces.  Please avoid this area until further notice. ... Read More»

Statement of the U.S. Embassy on its electoral observation mission

For the final round of Malagasy Presidential elections, the U.S. Embassy fielded over 40 observers across 10 cities.  Overall, the U.S. observation reports detailed a smooth and peaceful electoral process, with polling station workers being better informed and trained than in the first round. The teams observed the final day of campaigning, the day of ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert U. S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: City Hall on Independence Avenue in downtown Antananarivo. Event: A large political rally will gather in front of City Hall in downtown Antananarivo on Independence Avenue on Saturday, December 29th  from 9:00AM to approximately 3:00PM.  The event may cause heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic.  U.S. citizens are strongly advised to avoid this area. Actions to ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stuart Wilson after the second round of the election

Congratulations Madagascar.  After a peaceful election season, you have made your voices heard by participating in the most democratic of processes – that of choosing your next president.  We, the U.S. Embassy, had over 40 election observers traveling across Madagascar to witness your country’s electoral process. It was wonderful to see communities throughout the country gathering together to ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: The Coliseum (near Ivandry) and Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo. Event: A large political demonstration will gather at the Coliseum, less than a mile from the Ivandry neighborhood, and Mahamasina Stadium on Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16, beginning at 7:00 a.m. for a political event which may cause heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic. ... Read More»

Meeting between the U.S. Embassy and Prime Minister’s Office

ANTANANARIVO — On November 30, 2018, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Stuart Wilson, accompanied by USAID Mission Director John Dunlop and Political Officer Thomas Brouns, met with Prime Minister Christian Ntsay, at the Prime Minister’s Office in Mahazoarivo.  The discussion was centered on the issue of Trafficking in Persons (TIP).  The Chargé d’Affaires emphasized his appreciation for ... Read More»

CDA Stuart R. Wilson’s Remarks at Swearing-in of new Peace Corps Volunteers and Celebration of Peace Corps Madagascar’s 25th Anniversary

I am honored to be here today to celebrate the swearing-in of Peace Corps Madagascar’s newest Education Volunteers. It has now been 57 years since President John F. Kennedy ignited the imagination of a nation by creating the Peace Corps.  Today, each of the future volunteers participating in today’s ceremony is joining the legions of ... Read More»

Summer 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators

The American Embassy solicits applications for the Summer 2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes for Secondary Educators. This is an intensive post-graduate level academic program with integrated study tours whose purpose is to provide foreign secondary educators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of U.S. society, culture, values, and institutions.  The ultimate goal of the ... Read More»

Political Rally – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: Downtown Antananarivo specifically Ambohijatovo. Event: A political rally will gather at downtiwn Antananarivo specifcially Ambohijatovo on Saturday, November 10 beginning at 12:00pm to 6:00pm.  Riot police may interrupt or engage the rally participants. U.S. citizens are strongly advised to avoid this area. Embassy personnel have been required to avoid downtown Antananarivo during this time. ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert U. S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: The Coliseum (near Ivandry) and Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo. Event: A large political demonstration will gather at the Coliseum, less than a mile from the Ivandry neighborhood, and Mahamasina Stadium on Saturday, November 3, and Sunday, November 4, beginning at 7:00 a.m. for a political event which may cause heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic.  U.S. citizens ... Read More»

U.S Chargé D’Affaires Stuart Wilson Paid a Courtesy Call on Acting President Rivo Rakotovao

“I congratulated the President for respecting the constitution. We are actually of the same mindset. We agreed that we need to follow the constitution; and in this regard, we’re both pleased with the process so far,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stuart Wilson during his courtesy call on Acting President Rivo Rakotovao on Monday, October 29. ... Read More»

Alert : Civil unrest leading to gunfire and reports of explosions – Anjouan, Comoros

Location: Throughout Anjouan, Comoros, especially urban areas in and between Mutsamudu and Ouani Event: Civil unrest leading to gunfire and reports of explosions.  While reports indicate that unrest has subsided, and the port, the airport, and roads have reopened, U.S. personnel in Anjouan have been asked to remain near their homes until further notice. Actions to take: ... Read More»

Security Alert: Demonstration in Morondava – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: Morandava, Madagascar Event: There are several reports of violent demonstrations in Morondava.  A curfew has been initiated from 08:00PM until dawn until further notice in Morondava.  Malagasy law enforcement officials have indicated that they will be verifying identification documents.    Actions to Take: Carry proper identification at all times, including a U.S. passport with a ... Read More»

Inauguration of New USAID Hay Tao and USAID Mikajy Offices in Antananarivo

ANTANANARIVO – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce that the recently sworn-in Director of USAID in Madagascar, John L. Dunlop, inaugurated the new offices of the USAID Hay Tao and USAID Mikajy projects in Ankadivato and Tsiadana on the morning of Wednesday, September 26, 2018. These projects form the ... Read More»

Death of an American Diplomat in Antananarivo, Madagascar

We are deeply saddened to confirm that a U.S. Foreign Service Officer was found dead in their residence in the overnight hours of Friday, September 21. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and the U.S. Embassy Antananarivo community. U.S. investigators have opened an investigation into the matter as have the local Malagasy authorities, ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Stuart R. Wilson – USAID Hay Tao and USAID Mikajy Projects

Chargé d’Affaires Stuart R. Wilson Friday, September 14, 2018, Infinithé Ivandry His Excellency the Minister of Environment, Ecology, and Forests; His Excellency the Minister of Aquatic Resources and Fisheries; Members of Government; Honored Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen. I am very happy to be with you today to celebrate the strong and enduring partnership that exists ... Read More»

USAID Hay Tao and USAID Mikajy Projects

New USAID Environment Projects Will Help Local Communities Lead The Way on Natural Resources Management A pair of 5-year projects will support national-level planning and local development in two key regions of Madagascar ANTANANARIVO — The U.S. Government, through the United State Agency for International Development (USAID), has officially launched two new projects benefiting Madagascar’s ... Read More»

Remarks by CDA Stuart R. Wilson: Cutlass Express 2019 Main Planning Event

Minister of National Defense; Secretary General of the Malagasy Armed Forces; Chief of Staff of the Malagasy Armed Forces; Chief of the Malagasy Navy; Director General of the Malagasy Port, Maritime, and River Authority; Generals; Admirals; Distinguished delegates; Ladies and gentlemen; On behalf of the United States Embassy, it is my honor to welcome you ... Read More»

Alert – U. S. Embassy for Madagascar and the Comoros, Antananarivo

Location: Madagascar Event: The Travel Advisory for Madagascar changed to Level 2-Exercise Increased Caution due to civil unrest and crime on August 1, 2018.  Please see the full Travel Advisory below. Madagascar –Level 2: Exercise increased precautions  Exercise increased precautionsin Madagascar due to civil unrest and crime. Madagascar is preparing for presidential elections in 2018.  There ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy for Madagascar and the Comoros

Location: Throughout the Union of the Comoros, especially urban areas in Anjouan Event: Comoros plans to hold a constitutional referendum on July 30, 2018.  Demonstrations opposing the referendum have been taking place more frequently, especially in, but not limited to, urban areas of Anjouan.  On July 21, assailants on motorcycles fired at the vehicle of ... Read More»

2018 Madagascar Trafficking in Person report

MADAGASCAR: Tier 2 Watch List  The Government of Madagascar does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated significant efforts during the reporting period by operationalizing a new Morals and Child Protection Unit (SPEM), coordinating with law enforcement of a ... Read More»

International Religious Freedom Report for 2017

Executive Summary The constitution specifies Islam is the state religion but proclaims equality of rights and obligations for all regardless of religious belief. A law establishes Sunni Islam under the Shafi’i doctrine as the “official religious reference.” Proselytizing for any religion except Sunni Islam is illegal, and the law provides for deportation of foreigners who ... Read More»

Alert: Increased Crime in Morondava – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: Morondava, Madagascar Event: The U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo advises U.S. citizens of several reports of violent crimes in Morondava, including the avenue of the baobabs. During the time around National Day, there is often an increase in crime in this popular tourist location. Actions to Take Use caution when walking or driving at night. Carry proper ... Read More»

Alert: Madagascar’s National Day – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: Madagascar, countrywide Event: Madagascar’s National Day celebrations have been on-going since June 1, 2018 and will culminate on June 26, 2018.  Police officers and gendarmerie will likely carry out checkpoints throughout the city.  You should carry proper identification at all times – a U.S. passport with a current Malagasy visa. Actions to Take Be aware of ... Read More»

Madagascar 2017 International Religious Freedom Report

Executive Summary The constitution provides for freedom of religious thought and expression and prohibits religious discrimination in the workplace. Other laws protect individual religious freedom against abuses by government or private actors. In January the government promulgated a law amending the nationality code and allowing a Malagasy woman to transmit her nationality to a child ... Read More»

Statement from the U.S. Embassy – The U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo congratulates Prime Minister Ntsay on his June 4th appointment

The U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo congratulates Prime Minister Ntsay on his June 4th appointment and is encouraged by his commitment at the handover ceremony to preparing  “inclusive, transparent, credible elections, the results of which will be accepted by all.”  We  urge all parties to continue to abide by the Constitutionally-mandated process, to include court rulings ... Read More»

2019-2020 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

The American Embassy is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program.  This one-year, full scholarship program is offered to mid-level professionals who have a proven record of leadership, commitment to public service, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading ... Read More»

Alert: Demonstrations – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the Coliseum in Antsonjombe and near the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods of City Hall in Analakely, Antananarivo. Event: Demonstrations expected to take place on May 26 beginning at 10:00 am.  Supporters of the current President will gather at the Coliseum and the opposition groups will gather downtown. ... Read More»

Chargé Wilson Swears-in 44 New Peace corps Volunteers in Health and Agriculture Fields

ANTANANARIVO – On May 17th, 44 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in to service by the Chargé d’ Affaires Stuart R. Wilson in a ceremony at the Peace Corps Training Center in Mantasoa.  The new Volunteers will work in the fields of health and agriculture.  Volunteers recently finished 11 weeks of intensive cultural, language, and ... Read More»

Alert: Continued Large Gatherings – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: Antananarivo and regional cities throughout Madagascar Event: Opposition politicians continue public meetings downtown every day starting at 10 a.m. and dispersing typically around 6:00 in the evening.  All protests that have taken place to date have gathered in the area of May 13th Square in downtown Antananarivo.  Recent gatherings have drawn large crowds and shown the ... Read More»

Public (sealed bid) auction at the Embassy

The U.S. Embassy Antananarivo will hold a public (sealed bid) auction of used items, including vehicles, IT equipment, office equipment, household goods and furniture, and other miscellaneous items, at the Embassy parking lot in Andranoro Antehiroka in accordance with the following schedule: Saturday, May 12, 2018 (08:30 to 14:00): Individuals interested in participating in the ... Read More»

Alert: Large Gathering – U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods of City Hall in Analakely, Antananarivo. Event: Opposition politicians have said that they will continue public meetings downtown every day starting at 10 a.m. for the foreseeable future.  Recent gatherings have drawn large crowds and shown the potential for tensions to escalate.  U.S. citizens are strongly advised to use caution if going ... Read More»

Alert: Large Gathering – U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods of City Hall in Analakely, Antananarivo. Event: A large gathering is reportedly planned in downtown Antananarivo today and, as we have seen in the recent past, there is the potential for tensions to escalate.  U.S. citizens are strongly advised to avoid the area at this time. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas ... Read More»

Civil Unrest Alert – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods of City Hall in Analakely, Antananarivo Event: An estimated 10,000 demonstrators are reportedly gathered in downtown Antananarivo and the situation remains tense.  U.S. citizens are strongly advised to avoid the area at this time. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas of the demonstrations in Analakely and the surrounding areas in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, downtown and surrounding neighborhoods of City Hall in Analakely, Antananarivo Event: Demonstrations expected to take place on the morning of April 21. The opposition groups led by the members of parliament from the opposition parties intend to protest against the election law. Recent protests were ... Read More»

“Commandeur de l’Ordre National Malagasy” for Ambassador Robert T. YAMATE

“In recognition of his merits and achievements” during his tenure in Madagascar, Ambassador Robert T. Yamate has been awarded by the Malagasy Minister of Foreign Affairs Henri Rabary-Njaka the distinction “Commandeur de l’Ordre National Malagasy” during an official ceremony today.  Ambassador Yamate has received it “on behalf of his colleagues” from the U.S. Mission to Madagascar. ... Read More»

Ambassador Robert T. Yamate Paid a Farewell Visit to President Rajaonarimampianina

U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate discussed with the President of The Republic of Madagascar about what the U.S. and Madagascar have achieved during his three year tenure here. He paid a farewell visit to President Rajaonarimampianina today at Iavoloha Palace. Among other topics, they have noted the work done together to restore AGOA, the President’s ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate

Ribbon-cutting at the New Education Building – Centre Valbio Ranomafana – March 16, 2018 The Honorable Minister of Environment The Honorable Dr. Patricia Wright, I am so very happy to be here with you all today, to make one last visit to this beautiful campus and its amazing founder, Dr. Patricia Wright, and to lay ... Read More»

USAID Launches Environmental Support for Madagascar

USAID Launches Environmental Support for Madagascar, Announcing the First of Two Major Activities ‘Hay Tao’ will focus on strengthening local governance of natural resources  ANTANANARIVO — U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate announced USAID’s ‘Hay Tao’ program today, the first significant piece of a new Conservation and Communities Project (CCP). Hay Tao is the largest U.S. environmental investment ... Read More»

Ambassador Yamate Remarks at World Wildlife Day Event

The “Wildly Beautiful” countering wildlife trafficking campaign is vitally important to help preserve the most vulnerable species here in Madagascar.   Ambassador Yamate Remarks at World Wildlife Day Event Thursday, March 8, American Center Tanjombato His Excellency the Prime Minister of Madagascar; Her Excellency the Minister of Environment, Ecology, and Forests; Members of Government; Honored ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Yamate at the Launch of the Access Program

Embassy Multi-Purpose Room Wednesday, February 28, 2016 I am so very happy to celebrate this landmark with you here today. The United States Embassy in Madagascar is committed to supporting the advancement of the English language, and we are proud to be able to extend the English Access Microscholarship program to Thriving Youth Madagascar Association. ... Read More»

20 lycée students selected to participate in English Access Program

ANTANANARIVO – In a launching ceremony organized at the Embassy in Andranomena on February 28 to mark the installment of the “English Microscholarship Access Program”, Ambassador Robert Yamate congratulated the 20 students from public lycées in Antananarivo who have been selected to participate in a two-year English study program.The program is funded by the U.S. ... Read More»

Reception of Sorghum in Tolagnaro

Speech of Ambassador Robert T. Yamate Reception of Sorghum in Tolagnaro
 and Announcement of USAID/FFP $4.3 million contribution to WFP operations Taolagnaro, February 09, 2018. I am very pleased to be here with you today to highlight the partnership between the governments of Madagascar and the United States to provide this sorghum. It is our ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to the Union of the Comoros

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review your personal ... Read More»

Ambassador Yamate Remarks

2018 Madagascar Elections Ambassador Yamate Remarks for the Announcement of $1.2 Million Grant to the UNDP Donors Program for the 2018 Madagascar Elections National Independent Election Commission (CENI) Headquarters Thursday, December 7, 2017, 2:00 pm CENI President Mr. Hery Rakotomanana, United Nations Representative Violet Kakyomya, Honored guests, Ladies and gentlemen. 2018 will be an important ... Read More»

Press Release

2018 Election United States Government Contributes $1.2 Million to Strengthen 2018 Elections Preparedness Contribution will support CENI and civic engagement in elections process ANTANANARIVO — The United States government today announced $1.2 million to help Madagascar conduct free, fair, transparent, and inclusive elections in 2018.  The money is a grant to the United Nations Development ... Read More»

PLAGUE RESPONSE

U.S. ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL PLAGUE RESPONSE The total U.S. contribution to plague response in Madagascar is now $3.5 million ANTANANARIVO — U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate today announced an additional $2 million from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emergency Reserve Fund to help the people of Madagascar respond to this ... Read More»

Ambassador Yamate Remarks

Donation of Project C.U.R.E. Medical equipment to the Centre Hospitalier de Soavinandriana and the Direction Centrale de Service de Sante Militaire November 27, 2017  I am honored to be here today to celebrate this partnership that will help advance Madagascar’s health and security sector.  Today’s event demonstrates the strong security cooperation between the United States ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens

Update on Plague Outbreak in Madagascar This is an update on the 2017 plague outbreak in Madagascar.  Plague outbreaks occur annually in Madagascar.  This year there have been confirmed cases and deaths of both bubonic and pulmonary (also known as pneumonic) plague in urban areas, including Antananarivo and Toamasina. U.S. citizens are informed that health ... Read More»

U.S. Government Assistance to tackle plague

U.S. Government provides a total of USD 1.5 million of assistance to tackle plague ANTANANARIVO – U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate and USAID Mission Director Michele Godette announced the award of an additional emergency assistance of one million dollars to support the Government of Madagascar’s efforts to manage the plague outbreak.  While the epidemic seems ... Read More»

Solar Power Plant Inauguration

Fluidic/Henri Fraise Solar Power Plant Inauguration and Launch of 100 Villages Project Antananarivo/Madagascar – United States Ambassador Robert T. Yamate joined President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, local and national leaders, and a representative from Henri Fraise today to inaugurate the Fluidic/Henri Fraise solar power plant of the pilot site in Belobaka, Bongolava Region, a project that will ... Read More»

Ambassador Yamate Remarks

Fluidic/Henri Fraise Solar Power Plant Inauguration and Launch of 100 Villages Project I am honored to be here today to celebrate this partnership that will help advance Madagascar’s development in the energy sector.  Today’s event demonstrates the strong commercial cooperation between the United States and Madagascar, and it’s potential for helping both our countries. The economic ... Read More»

2016 Child Labor Report

In 2016, Madagascar made a moderate advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor The Government increased the number of child labor inspectors from 4 to 15, launched a study with UNICEF to assess violence and exploitation of children in Madagascar, and expanded the implementation of the Code of Conduct for the ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Plague Outbreak in Madagascar including Antananarivo and Toamasina

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo alerts U.S. citizens to a plague outbreak which occurs each year in Madagascar.  To date, there have been confirmed cases and deaths of both bubonic and pulmonary (also known as pneumonic) plague in urban areas, including Antananarivo and Toamasina. Bubonic plague is a bacterial disease that is initially spread by bites from ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Robert YAMATE’s Remarks

Ceremonial Signing of Fluidic-Henri Fraise-USTDA Agreement   September 14, 2017, Ministry of Water, Energy, and Hydrocarbons His Excellency the Minister of Water, Energy, and Hydrocarbons; The Vice President of Henri Fraise Fils & Cie; The Regional Vice President of Fluidic Energy; Honored guests and members of government; Ladies and Gentlemen.  On behalf of the United States ... Read More»

Power Infrastructure & Energy Efficiency Investors Conference

DCM’s Remarks at RENPOWER Madagascar Renewable Energy   Power Infrastructure & Energy Efficiency Investors Conference Wednesday, September 13, 11:00 AM Carlton Hotel Thank you for the invitation to speak at this important and very interesting event. It’s great to be with everyone this morning. Although I’ve just arrived in Madagascar, it’s already clear to me how ... Read More»

International Professional Advanced Leadership course

Ambassador Robert T. YAMATE closing remarks   Good afternoon. His Excellency the Minister of National Defense, The Honorable Chief of the General Army Staff, The Honorable Deputy Commander of the National Gendarmerie, Commander Gibson and Mr. Roarke, instructors of the International Professional Advanced Leadership course, Participants of the Int’l Professional Advanced Leadership course, Honored guests, ... Read More»

New Peace Corps Volunteers to Teach English Language in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO – 29 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in by the United States Ambassador on September 8, 2017, in a ceremony that included the Ministry of the National Education. The new Volunteers will be teaching English as a Foreign Language in middle and high schools across Madagascar. They completed a thirteen-week intensive pre-service training ... Read More»

Ambassador Yamate Remarks

CODEL Reception :    Salutations I am so very happy to welcome you here tonight, to honor an extraordinary visit to Madagascar.   Embassy Antananarivo is honored to welcome to Madagascar six distinguished members of the United States House of Representatives, and their spouses and family members, their legislative staff, and military staff supporting their travel. ... Read More»

Ambassador Yamate Remarks

Launch of Symbion Power Plant Mandroseza   Wednesday, August 16, 9:00 AM Ladies and Gentlemen, It is an honor and a pleasure to be here today at the inauguration of the Symbion Power plant.  Today’s event is the successful result of the tremendous effort made by Symbion, along with their partners in the Malagasy government, ... Read More»

United States Congressional Delegation Visit

United States Congressional Delegation Visit Underscores Commitment to Madagascar   Antananarivo – A delegation of six members of the United States House of Representatives, led by Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Robert Goodlatte, will be in Madagascar for the next two days.  The delegation will attend the inauguration of the Symbion Power Plant Mandroseza along with ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Political Rally in Antananarivo on July 29

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to avoid the vicinity of Mahamasina Stadium and central Antananarivo during a planned political rally on Saturday, July 29. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large ... Read More»

2017 Independence Day Celebration

Speech of Ambassador Robert T. Yamate July 4th Celebration CMR Ambaranjana, Antananarivo June 30, 2017 Thank you everyone for joining us today, to help us celebrate the 241st anniversary of American Independence, and the 150th anniversary of the establishment of American-Malagasy relations. In 1866, one hundred and fifty years ago, President Andrew Johnson sent the ... Read More»

Message from President Trump

  “Dear Mr. President, On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I want to congratulate you and all citizens of Madagascar on the fifty seventh anniversary of your country’s independence on June 26th. The United States remains committed to working closely with the people of Madagascar to fight international terrorism, enhance ... Read More»

Launch of HOPE Association by the CEDS 12TH Cohort

 Opening Remarks by Ambassador Robert T YAMATE   June 15, 2017 – American Center Madame Foreign Minister, President of the CENI, President of the HOPE Association, Excellencies, Honorable guests, Ladies and gentlemen, It was almost a year ago that I congratulated members of the 12th cohort for successfully completing their year of seminars at the ... Read More»

LGBTI Pride Flag Unveiling

Ambassador Robert T. Yamate Remarks   June 15, 2017 Colleagues and friends: Thank you for gathering here today to mark the unveiling of the LGBTI Pride Flag. Every June, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Intersex Pride Month is celebrated to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan that marked a turning point in ... Read More»

Reform of English Teaching Curriculum

Reform of English Teaching Curriculum for Secondary School Completed With the U.S. Embassy Support    ANTANANARIVO, MAY 12 – U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Stephen Anderson and Minister of Education Paul Rabary spoke today at the closing ceremony for a symposium on revising the National Curriculum for the Teaching of English Language for the 10th, 11th, and ... Read More»

U.S. AFRICOM

A delegation led by Alex Laskaris, the Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement (DCME) from United States Africa Command (U.S. AFRICOM), accompanied by Ambassador Robert T. Yamate, paid a courtesy call to President Rajaonarimampianina at Iavoloha Palace today. The visit was part of the U.S. AFRICOM tour in the Indian Ocean region. The delegation ... Read More»

Study in U.S. Military Academies

Two Malagasy Students to Study in U.S. Military Academies   U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate, Malagasy Army Chief of Defense General Lantoarinjaka Razafindrakoto, and the Vice Admiral Jean Marie Lucien Rakotoarisoa ,Chief of Staff of the Malagasy Ministry of Defense presented today at the U.S. Embassy Andranomena the two Malagasy students selected to join the ranks ... Read More»

Kenny Wesley

Kenny Wesley Band Reinforces Ties Through Music   Kenny Wesley and his band, named Soulful Nerd, helped celebrate the 150th anniversary of U.S.-Madagascar bilateral relations and the international Jazz day. Soulful Nerd featured at the official “America Week: 150 Years of Partnership” launch ceremony to spread American culture through soul music. Kenny and his band ... Read More»

America Week

The United States and Madagascar celebrate 150 years of friendship U.S. Ambassador Robert T.  Yamate, accompanied by a representative of the Malagasy Government launched “America Week” at City Hall Analakely on April 25, 2017.  This is part of the American Embassy’s celebration 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Madagascar and the United States.  In his ... Read More»

2018-2019 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

2018-2019 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program   The American Embassy is pleased to announce the annual competition for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program.  This one-year, full scholarship program is offered to mid-level professionals who have a proven record of leadership, commitment to public service, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined ... Read More»

2016 Madagascar Human Rights Report

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 Full Report English  (PDF 194K) French  (PDF 556K) Malagasy Secretary’s Preface Promoting human rights and democratic governance is a core element of U.S. foreign policy. These values form an essential foundation of stable, secure, and functioning societies. Standing up for human rights and democracy is not just a moral imperative ... Read More»

Update on Tropical Cyclone ENAWO

March 7, 2017 (3:16PM) : Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update on Tropical Cyclone ENAWO  Tropical Cyclone ENAWO has been upgraded to a Category 4 storm, according to the RSMC Tropical Cyclone Center.  ENAWO is moving westward and made landfall in Northeast Madagascar earlier this morning. Heavy  rainfall, leading to potentially dangerous flooding and landslides, ... Read More»

Tropical Cyclone ENAWO

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone ENAWO – March 6, 2017 According to the RSMC Tropical Cyclone Center, Tropical Storm ENAWO will hit northeast Madagascar between Antalaha and Fenerive Est, with maximum wind speed of 115 miles/hour.  ENAWO is moving westward at 7 km/h and is likely to make landfall Tuesday morning, March 7. ... Read More»

38’ Metal Shark Boat to Malagasy Navy

United States Gives 38’ Metal Shark Boat to Malagasy Navy   NOSY BE – Ambassador Robert Yamate and President Rajaonarimampianina attended today in Nosy Be the commissioning of the Metal Shark Defiant Response Boat.  The donation of this new vessel is a response to a request submitted by the Malagasy government in 2014.  Minister of ... Read More»

Speeches

02/22/2017 : Ambassador Yamate Remark – 38’ Metal Shark Boat to Malagasy Navy   (Salutations) Thank you attending this important event. I am so very honored to be able to represent the United States as together with President Rajaonarimampianina, we observe long standing traditions of Navies around the world in commissioning a naval vessel and ... Read More»

The 25th Anniversary of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s work in Madagascar

ADRA’s impact in Madagascar grew over time and the organization expanded to other activities in the health, education and food security sectors and five additional regions of Madagascar. Protocol greetings… Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to be here tonight to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s active presence, ... Read More»

MUSEA Reception Remarks

Ambassador Yamate Madagascar/United States Exchange Alumni (MUSEA) Reception Remarks American Center Tanjombato, February 9, 2017 Distinguished and proud members of MUSEA – the Madagascar United States Exchange Alumni; Which includes – alumni of the IVLP, Humphrey, Fulbright, YALI, AWEP, and SUSI exchange programs; Honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen, colleagues and friends. Thank you all so ... Read More»

Ambassador Yamate ACCESS Event Remarks

Ambassador Yamate ACCESS Event Remarks American Center Tanjombato, Saturday, January 28, 2017, 10:00 – 11:00 Minister of National Education, ETP Board Director, ETP Director, Distinguished guests, family members, and ACCESS graduates and future participants, I am honored to celebrate with you today a double event ­­– the graduation of the 5th cohort and the launch ... Read More»

$2.7 million for drought relief

01/30/2017 : U.S. government provides another $2.7 million for drought relief; calls for a formal emergency declaration New funding brings the total U.S. government contribution to over $39 million for emergency food relief to southern Madagascar Antananarivo – As the emergency in the south of Madagascar continues into the lean season between harvests, the United ... Read More»

Visa issuance to aliens

01/31/2017 : Visa issuance to aliens   Urgent Notice: Per U.S. Presidential Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to aliens from the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification.  If you are a national, or dual national, of one of these ... Read More»

Interfaith Dialogue

U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate Remarks – Interfaith Dialogue American Center Tanjombato, January 18, 2017 I am so happy to be able to join you today for this important event.  I would like to thank all of those who worked on bringing this event together, which was a direct result of the work our Embassy and ... Read More»

2016 Comoros Trafficking in Persons report

DEAR READER: If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t ... Read More»

Immigration Requirements for Foreigners

Reminder-Immigration Requirements for Foreigners United States Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar Message for U.S. Citizens:  Reminder-Immigration Requirements for Foreigners December 27, 2016 This message is a reminder that local law requires all foreigners in Madagascar to carry their original immigration documents at all times. You must carry a valid residence permit or passport showing immigration stamps as ... Read More»

2016 Origin Africa

11/03/2016 : Official opening in Antananarivo of the Textile and Apparel Fair “Origin Africa”,   Antananarivo – Assistant United States Trade Representative for Africa Florie Liser attended the official opening in Antananarivo of the Textile and Apparel Fair “Origin Africa”, chaired by President Rajaonarimampianina this morning. Noting her presence, the President said in his remarks ... Read More»

Presidential Election Results

11/09/2016 : Ambassador Yamate Election Results Press Conference Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 13:00MPR, U.S. Embassy Thank you all for coming today to cover this momentous occasion – the results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Since our country’s founding, the electorate in the United States has progressed from one where only a small portion of ... Read More»

U.S. Africa Business Forum

Two Malagasy Business Leaders attend U.S.-Africa Business Forum   ANTANANARIVO —  Two prepresentatives of Madagascar’s Business Community are attending the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in New York today.  Zouzar Bouka, the CEO of Vision Madagascar (ViMa) and Marcellin Andrianarivelo-Razafy, the Business Development Manager for Henri Fraise Fils & Cie are among the hundreds of attendees participating ... Read More»

Launch of Youth Civic Center

New venue to empower Malagasy youth leadership, civic engagement and democracy ANTANANARIVO, MADAGASCAR—On September 15, the Minister of Culture, Promotion of Handicraft, and Safeguard of Patrimony Jean Jacques Rabenirina joined U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate to cut the ribbon marking the opening of the Youth Civic Center (Y.C.C.), or “Ivotoerana Fikoloana Tanora ho Mendrika,” located in ... Read More»

September 12, 2016 : Worldwide Caution

September 12, 2016 As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  Current information suggests that terrorist groups continue to ... Read More»

Africa Endeavor Dinner

Welcome Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate Africa Endeavor Dinner   Minister of Defense Distinguished government and military members from more than 40 countries and international organizations, Ladies and gentlemen, I wanted to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to Madagascar and to the Africa Endeavor Senior Leader Communications Symposium.  I am sure you will ... Read More»

Africa Endeavor 2016

ANTANANARIVO – The Armed Forces of Madagascar, in partnership with the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is hosting representatives from 40 African nations and several regional and international organizations for the Africa Endeavor 2016 Leader Symposium in Antananarivo August 22 to 26. The President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina and the U.S. Africa Deputy to the Commander ... Read More»

Planned Demonstration in Antananarivo

United States Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Planned Demonstration in Antananarivo  August 17, 2016 U.S. Embassy Antananarivo cautions U.S. citizens to avoid the Avenue de l’Independence and its vicinity in central Antananarivo during a planned political protest on the morning of Friday, August 19, 2016. As with any political demonstration, there is ... Read More»

48 Lycée Students selected to Participate in English Access Program

In a launching ceremony to mark the 6th installment of the English Microscholarship Access Program at the American Center in Tanjombato, U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate along with the Minister of National Education Paul Rabary congratulated the 48 students from 11publiclycées in Antananarivo who have been selected to participate in a two-year English study program at the ... Read More»

Wednesday Movies

The Best Movies in English on Town are at the American Embassy Every Wednesday at 1300 All the movies in July will be dedicated to the topic “ Independence Day” July 6, 2016: “Independence Day: The History of July 4th” (50 min)  https://goo.gl/2FRjaa Throughout America, the 4th of July is a summer celebration of beaches barbecues ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoid Avenue de l’independence in Antananarivo

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo cautions U.S. citizens to avoid the Avenue de l’independence and its vicinity in central Antananarivo, due to the possibility of politically motivated violence in the area. Additionally, U.S. citizens should exercise caution and avoid large crowds, gatherings, demonstrations or protests, as even peaceful gatherings can escalate into a violent or dangerous situation. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate on the Occasion of the United States Independence Day Reception

The Honorable Prime Minister of the Republic of Madagascar, The Honorable President of the Senate, The Honorable President of the National Assembly, The Honorable President of the High Constitutional Court, The Honorable Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, The Honorable Ministers of the Government of Madagascar, Representatives of the Government and Institutions of Madagascar, Representatives of ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoid Avenue de l’independence in Antananarivo

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo cautions U.S. citizens to avoid the Avenue de l’independence and its vicinity in central Antananarivo, due to the possibility of politically motivated violence in the area. Additionally, U.S. citizens should exercise caution and avoid large crowds, gatherings, demonstrations or protests, as even peaceful gatherings can escalate into a violent or dangerous situation. ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Awareness After June 26 Explosion

On June 26, at approximately 7:00 p.m., there was an explosion at Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo during a music concert being held as a part of Madagascar’s Independence Day celebration.  No U.S. citizens were among the two dead approximately 80 injured.  Separate explosions – that did not result in injuries – were reported at the ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Heightened Awareness After June 26 Explosion

On June 26, at approximately 7:00 p.m., there was an explosion at Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo during a music concert being held as a part of Madagascar’s Independence Day celebration.  No U.S. citizens were among the two dead approximately 80 injured.  Separate explosions – that did not result in injuries – were reported at the ... Read More»

United States Provides $8 Million to Help Drought Victims in Southern Madagascar

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $8 million in additional emergency humanitarian assistance to help people suffering from the ongoing drought in the south of Madagascar.  The funding will be used to provide food and nutritional supplements to people in the Androy, Atsimo Andrefana and Anosy ... Read More»

45 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in in a Ceremony at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence

On May 3rd, 2016, forty-five new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn-in to service by U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate in a ceremony at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Antananarivo. The new Volunteers will work in the fields of health and agriculture.  Volunteers recently finished three months of intensive cultural, language, and technical training and have now ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom Travels to Madagascar, April 26 – 28

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom is among the most senior U.S. State Department officials to visit Madagascar.  As the country returns to democracy, her visit underscores the support of the U.S. Government for the Malagasy people.  During the visit, she will discuss governance, including transparency and accountability, development and economic growth, and the preservation of Madagascar’s unique ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those ... Read More»

Town Hall Meeting – March 8, 2016 at 16:00

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar Message for U.S. Citizens:  Town Hall Meeting of the American Community March 8, 2016 at 16:00 The Ambassador of the United States of America, Robert Yamate, is pleased to invite U.S. citizens to attend a town hall meeting of the American community on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The town hall will begin at 4:00 p.m. at ... Read More»

Town Hall Meeting – March 8, 2016 at 16:00

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar Message for U.S. Citizens: Town Hall Meeting of the American Community March 8, 2016 at 16:00 The Ambassador of the United States of America, Robert Yamate, is pleased to invite U.S. citizens to attend a town hall meeting of the American community on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 8, 2016. The town hall will begin at 4:00 p.m. ... Read More»

Ambassador Robert T. Yamate’s Remarks for the Access Graduation Ceremony

English Teaching Program (ETP) ACCESS Graduation Ceremony Saturday, February 13, 2016 10:00 a.m. American Center, Tanjombato Mr. Secretary General (SG) of the Ministry of Education, Rolland Rabeson ETP Board Director, Mireille Razafindrazaka ETP Director Vony Razanadrakoto Distinguished guests, friends and family members, and most of all, ACCESS graduates: I am so very happy to celebrate ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate – “Celebrate the Achievements” of Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) – A7C Hotel, Antananarivo

Speech by Mr. Robert Yamate, US Ambassador, during the ceremony at the A&C Hotel, Antananarivo Dear Minister of Health Dear Minister of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Dear Minister of Population, Dear Minister of Interior and Decentralization Dear Chief of Party of the MAHEFA project, Dear Regional Directors of Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Dear CCDS ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate – Transparency Internationl – Corruption in Madagascar

Honorable [minister of….] Government officials Colleagues from the non-governmental sector, diplomatic colleagues and friends…. Nothing will unlock Africa’s economic potential more than ending the cancer of corruption. These are from the remarks made by President Obama at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa last July.  It is a simple fact that is as true ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate – Ceremony for the Launching of the 2015-2016 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Project

Prime Minister’s Palace Museum in Andafiavaratra| Thursday, January 21, 2016 Honorable Minister, Colleagues, and friends, It is a great pleasure for me to be here this morning for the launching of this project, the “Preservation of the 19th Century Prime Minister’s Palace Museum in Andafiavaratra.” This project, unlike any other that the U.S. Embassy has ever ... Read More»

2016 English Microscholarship Access Program

The Embassy of the United States supports Malagasy youth education through English Microscholarships The Embassy of the United States and the English Teaching Program (ETP) launched the call for this year’s “English Microscholarship Access Program”.  The program calls for the participation of talented teenagers of 13 to 20 year-old from public high schools that come from ... Read More»

Protest Near Democracy Park on January 9, 2016

A protest organized by “Hetsika Madagasikara ho an’ny Malagasy” is planned for Saturday, January 9 in Antananarivo, in Ambohijatovo, near Democracy Park. Such demonstrations have turned violent in the past and there is the possibility of conflict with authorities about holding a political demonstration. Organizers stated they would march from the Democracy Square in Ambohijatovo to ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate Disney Conservation Hero Award – Prof. Jonah Ratsimbazafy American Center Tanjombato

I am so very happy to be here this evening, to present the Disney Conservation Hero award to Prof. Jonah Ratsimbazafy. It is an important honor not just for him personally, but for the organizations with which he has worked over his long career.  His work, and this award, bring attention to the importance of ... Read More»

USAID Mission Director Signs Governance, Environment and Health Amendment Agreements with Minister of Finance

USAID Mission Director Susan Sawhill Riley and Minister of Finance and Budget Rakotoarimanana Gervais have signed three grant agreement amendments for support to Madagascar’s governance, environment and health. The Minister of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior and Decentralization, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, Ecology, the ... Read More»

Planned Demonstrations in Antananarivo

A protest organized by “Hetsika Madagasikara ho an’ny Malagasy” is planned for Saturday December 12th, 2015 at 9:00am in Ambohijatovo, near Democracy Park.  Such demonstrations have turned violent in the past, and there is the possibility of conflict with authorities about holding a political demonstration.  The CUA (Commune Urbaine d’Antananarivo) gave authorization to the organizers ... Read More»

Seeds and food assistance to Help Victims of Drought in Southern Madagascar begins in Ambovombe

Over 500 people received vouchers in Ambonaivo commune, Ambovombe district, Androy region this week, with which they bought seeds and agricultural tools to prepare for the upcoming planting season. More than 200 other beneficiaries received food for their work on rehabilitating a community rain-catchment basin in Beratro I. This agricultural fair and food-for-work activity, funded ... Read More»

Ambassador Yamate – Equipment Donation – GHPIEGO to the Regional Hospital in Toamasina

Remarks by Ambassador Robert T. Yamate during the handover ceremony of donated equipment from USAID-funded project JHPIEGO to the regional hospital – Toamasina December 7, 2015 Mesdames et Messieurs, Bonjour. I am very pleased to be here today to officially launch the Maternal and Child Survival program (MCSP) in the Atsinanana region. Improving maternal and child health ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Officially Launches Maternal and Child Survival Program in Atsinanana Region

US Ambassador Officially Launches Maternal and Child Survival Program in Atsinanana Region; Donates Basic Equipment to local University Hospital and Midwifery School The United States Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development and their partner, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) donated basic essential equipment to the University hospital and midwifery school in Toamasina ... Read More»

Ambassador Yamate – Launch of CARE/CUA IARIVO Project

Honorable Executive Secretary for the BNGRC Honorable Chef de District Honorable Mayor Representatives from the Urban Commune of Antananarivo Representatives from the Private Sector Platform Dear partners, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen It is my honor to be here at the Antananarivo Town Hall with with all of you to congratulate you on a successful ... Read More»

Launch of USAID/OFDA-funded Project for Flood-prone Communities in the Capital

Ambassador Yamate Speech – Launch of CARE/CUA IARIVO Project The United States Agency for International Development, through its Office for Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), is providing help to the urban commune of Antananarivo (CUA) to cope with natural disasters through a project named “IARIVO.” Implemented by a USAID partner—CARE and the urban commune of Antananarivo, this ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar is pleased to be participating in International Education Week

U.S. Embassy celebrates International Education Week The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar is pleased to be participating in International Education Week.  This annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchanges worldwide.  The Embassy’s participation— a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education—is part ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate at the Ceremony to Donate Jackets to Volunteers at Marojejy National Park

Mr. Prime Minister, Dr. Patel, staff of Duke Lemur Center, local dignitaries, residents, partners, and friends, It is a pleasure to be visiting SAVA today – my first opportunity as Ambassador.  And I am particularly pleased to be meeting with such a dedicated group of individuals, committed to preserving and protecting Madagascar’s unique biodiversity while ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy announces Cybersecurity: Public Awareness Week

To enhance public awareness and to help create a culture of cybersecurity where we live and work, the U.S Embassy is conducting a social and traditional media campaign on cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is critical to global security.  All nations have a responsibility to protect their own networks and information infrastructure, to ensure that their networks and ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Closes Week-Long Conference on “Enhancing Human Security”

U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate presided over the closing ceremony along with the Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Dominique Rakotozafy to mark the completion of a week-long seminar on “Human Security” at Cercle Mess Soanierana from September 21 through September 25, 2015.  As part of the military cooperation between the U.S. and Madagascar, this seminar, ... Read More»

Alumni Reception

Minister  of Education Paul Rabary, Head of the Alumni Association, Head of the YALI Association, Thank you all for coming to this event.    This week has been full of celebrations for all of us involved in the American Center.  For tonight’s event, we have brought together a group of extraordinary people — individuals who have ... Read More»

Opening of the American Corner/Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Innovation Space

On September 17, a hundred alumni from U.S. exchange programs joined U.S Ambassador Robert Yamate to celebrate the opening of the American Corner/Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Innovation Space located in the American Center building, Tanjombato.  The American Corner is open to all, but as a YALI Innovation Space, will be particularly important to our ... Read More»

“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”

As part of the inauguration of the American Center in Antananarivo, the U.S Embassy and the Ranomafana Valbio Center and MICET (Madagascar Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments) jointly organized on September 16 a screening of the IMAX film “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”, featuring Stony brook University’s Distinguished Professor and Primatologist Dr. Patricia Wright ... Read More»

Opening of the American Center of Madagascar

It is truly a pleasure for me to be here today, in such esteemed company, for this momentous event.  After several years of effort, together we are opening this beautiful facility, the American Center of Madagascar. Over five years since our former cultural center in downtown Antananarivo closed, I am pleased that there is once ... Read More»

American Center inauguration

On September 15, the American Center in Madagascar was officially inaugurated in a ceremony co-chaired by the President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina and U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate. Representatives of the Malagasy government, the diplomatic corps, civil society, business leaders and hundreds of guests were in attendance. Ambassador Yamate said in his keynote address: “Together, we ... Read More»

U.S. Citizen Town Hall with New Consul Michael Richards – Cristal Itsandra Beach Hotel

Cristal Itsandra Beach Hotel The new Consul, Michael Richards,  is pleased to invite all U.S. citizens to attend a Town Hall meeting for the American community in the evening of Friday, September 4, 2015. The Town Hall will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Cristal Itsandra Beach Hotel. The meeting will provide an opportunity for the American community ... Read More»

Possible Demonstrations in Fianarantsoa

Some local political parties have called for demonstrations and public displays of support for their candidates in a closely contested mayoral race in Fianarantsoa today, Friday, August 7, 2015 and tomorrow, August 8, which may continue through the weekend.  Madagascar’s national government has sent additional security forces, which are stationed in the area in reaction ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Robert Yamate

Independence Day Reception Villa Philadelphia, AntananarivoJuly 1, 2015 Honorable guests, What a pleasure it is to be hosting you here at Villa Philadelphia, the first time we have had an Independence Day reception at the Ambassador’s residence in six years, and the first time in as many years that a United States Ambassador has had ... Read More»

USAID/Food for Peace’s Fararano Program

On June 19, the Minister of Environment Ralava Beboarimisa, the US Ambassador Robert T. Yamate, and the USAID Mission Director Susan S. Riley visited the village of Kelilalina to witness development activities provided through USAID/Food for Peace’s Fararanoprogram.  They spent the morning meeting with mothers and their small children who received nutritious food rations of ... Read More»

Pregnancy Test Kits introduced in Community Health Workers’ Activity address unmet Family Planning Needs

Over the past few years, the increase in the use of modern contraceptives in Madagascar has slowed down. Enabling couples to determine whether, when and how often to have children is vital to safe motherhood and healthy families. Increasing access to family planning results in profound health, economic and social benefits, and could prevent up ... Read More»

United States to give $2.2 million for Polio Eradication in Madagascar

The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will contributee $2.2 million to support the efforts of the government of Madagascar to eradicate polio in the country.  Over 4.3 million Malagasy children under the age of five will directly benefit from this support. In Madagascar, the last wild polio virus case ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Demonstrations

In light of the current political atmosphere, spontaneous demonstrations are possible around the country, including in Antananarivo.  The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens carefully read the Safety and Security section of the Country Specific Information for Madagascar. Please remember that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution ... Read More»

Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson (Madagascar’s Current Political Situation)

The United States is closely following ongoing political developments in Madagascar.  The country has made tremendous progress since its 2013 elections and return to democracy, and we hope that current developments do not jeopardize those gains. We call on all parties to resolve the current political impasse with respect for the rule of law and ... Read More»

Special Envoy Hochstein Visits Madagascar

The U.S. State Department Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Amos J Hochstein, visited Madagascar May 14-15, 2015.  He advises the Secretary of State on global energy security and diplomacy.  He promotes U.S. interests to ensure energy resources are used to increase economic opportunity, stability and prosperity around the world.  He also advises ... Read More»

Remarks of Ambassador YAMATE at YALI Press Conference

Members of the media, alumni of the YALI program, family members and, especially, this year’s Mandela Fellows:  Welcome, thank you for coming, and congratulations to this year’s fellows. In 2010, President Barack Obama launched the Young African Leaders Initiative –“YALI” – to empower the incredible talent and creativity of young Africans.  Last year, President Obama ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Robert Yamate Presents the 2015 Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellows from Madagascar and Comoros

On May 12, U.S. Ambassador Robert T. Yamate along with USAID Director Susan Riley announced the nine young people from Madagascar and Comoros who have been invited to participate in the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship this year.  These YALI Fellows – six from Madagascar and three from Comoros – along with 500 ... Read More»

Remarks of Ambassador Yamate at the Opening of the International Trade Board of Madagascar’s “USA Day”

It is truly an honor for me to be with you here today at the opening of “USA Day,” organized by the International Trade Board of Madagascar with the support of the American Chamber of Commerce and the United States Embassy. The economic and commercial relations between the United States and Madagascar run deep.  The ... Read More»

Remarks of Ambassador Yamate on the Occasion of the 15th Anniversary of ESSVA

His Excellency Mister Prime Minister, Her Excellency Madam Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, His Excellency Mister Minister of Public Health, His Excellency Mister Minister of Transport, Tourism and Meteorology, Ladies and Gentlemen, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Mr. Chief of the Vakinankaratra Region, Mr. President of the Special Delegation, Antsirabe I, Mr. the ... Read More»

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Tropical Storm FIFTEEN

This security message alerts U.S. citizens residing and traveling in Madagascar that according to published reports by the RSMC Tropical Cyclone Center, Tropical Storm FIFTEEN will hit Madagascar between Morondava and Maintirano, with winds between 60 and 70 km/hour. According to published reports, it is slowing moving eastward at 7 km/h, and is likely to make ... Read More»

Madagascar Declares Flooding Disaster, Rains and Landslide Risks Continue

This emergency message alerts U.S. citizens to reports that heavy and consistent rains have caused severe flooding in the central highlands of Madagascar, and has prompted the Government of Madagascar to declare a state of disaster, including in the capital of Antananarivo.  Extensive flooding has washed out dikes and roads, and landslides are making transportation in the ... Read More»

Ambassador Robert Yamate’s Speech – “Human Rights and Law of Armed Conflict”

Distinguished members from the Malagasy government and military, Leaders from the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies, Ladies and gentlemen, Thank you all for taking the time to commit to this vital training.  The safeguarding of human rights has been central to the United States since our establishment over 200 years ago.  Today the promotion ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Honorary Consul Kidnapped in Antananarivo

According to published reports, a local businessman from the Indo-Pakistani community who is also the honorary consul of a foreign country in Antananarivo was abducted by armed assailants in a residential area near his home on January 30.  Reports indicate he was potentially targeted due to a dispute over a local business transaction. While kidnappings ... Read More»

Remarks Following Credential Ceremony

It was a pleasure to present my credentials to President Rajaonarimampianina today. My appointment, as the first ambassador to Madagascar to be named in five years, is a symbol of the restored bond between our two countries, and I look forward to engaging with the President, the government, and Malagasy people, to help Madagascar realize ... Read More»

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Toamasina (Tamatave)

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid the downtown area of Toamasina (Tamatave) due to demonstrations. We remind U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. ... Read More»

Holiday Security in Antananarivo

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that Antananarivo traditionally sees an increase in crimes as the prices of goods rise and certain products become less readily available during the holiday season. In addition, traffic becomes extremely congested in Antananarivo leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Day. The U.S. Embassy notes there have been steady ... Read More»

Town Hall Meeting with New Chargé d’Affaires

The Chargé d’Affaires,  Mr. Stephen Anderson,  is pleased to invite U.S. citizens to attend a Town Hall meeting for the American community on the afternoon of Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The Town Hall will beginat 5:00 p.m. in the Consular Section on the Embassy Compound.  You may enter via the Consular Section security entrance across from Jovenna. ... Read More»
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