I. First steps
If you are considering doing business in Madagascar, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:
- Access the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.
- Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Madagascar. Contact a Trade Specialist Near You.
- Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDCs) Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.
- Contact in-country business support organizations.
- Make use of business matchmaking services. Whether you’re looking to make your first export sale or expand your business in this market, we offer trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking and commercial diplomacy you need to connect with lucrative business opportunities.
- Market Research – To view market research reports produced by the U.S. Commercial Service please go to the following website,https://www.export.gov/How-to-Export, and click on Country and Industry Market Reports. Please note that these reports are only available to U.S. citizens and U.S. companies.
- Trade Events – Please click on the link below for information on upcoming trade events.
- Trade & Investment Leads
a. INVESTMENT – ENERGY
b. INVESTMENT – AGRIBUSINESS
c. INVESTMENT – TOURISM&TRAVEL
d. INVESTMENT – I.C.T.
e. INVESTMENT – MINING
f. INVESTMENT – TEXTILE
g. CALL FOR BIDS – ENERGY
h. CALL FOR BIDS – PUBLIC WORKS
i. CALL FOR BIDS – MISCELLANEOUS
- Trade Promotion Service Offered by the Political, Economic and Commercial Section of the Embassy
- Gold Key Appointment Service provides visiting American firms with pre-qualified and pre-screened meetings with potential overseas agents, distributors, sales representatives and strategic business partners. The program features appointments with Madagascar firms, background and contact information on each potential partner, product or service lines, after-sales service capability, market research and a market briefing and debriefing with U.S. Embassy Economic Section staff.
- International Partner Search, the next best thing to traveling to Madagascar helps you find potential agents, distributors, or other partners without leaving the U.S. We will contact potential Madagascar business partners using the marketing materials you provide, and identify the companies that are interested and capable of becoming a viable representative for you in Madagascar. Our report on these companies includes: contact information and profiles, local market product evaluation, competition from local or third-country firms and more.
- International Company Profile (ICP) service helps U.S. companies evaluate potential business partners in Madagascar by providing a detailed report on those companies which have been personally visited by an Economic Officer of the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar.
- Clients can request answers to detailed questions about Madagascar companies on a variety of issues.
- Single Company Promotion – The U.S. Embassy in Madagascar provides a full range of services to U.S. companies or their local subsidiaries wishing to promote a product or service.
II. Investing in Madagascar
This section provides information for current and potential investors in Madagascar.
- Potential investors: Getting Started.
If you are considering investment in Madagascar, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:
- Register with the U.S. Embassy: if you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses at the top of this page.
- Review the Department of State’s Investment Climate Statements and the Department of Commerce’s Country Commercial Guidesfor the latest analysis of the economic and political conditions in Madagascar.
- Participate in a webinarfor information on market opportunities provided by Ambassadors and local experts.
- Identify leads on active and potential projects funded by multilateral development banks with the Department of State’s Business Information Database System(BIDS)
- Visit host country resources, such as https://edbm.mg/
- Contact local U.S. business support organizations, such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Madagascar.
- Subscribe to our embassy Facebook page or Twitter page.
- Current Investors: Staying Connected
If you are a current U.S. investor in Madagascar, the U.S. Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:
Register with the U.S. Embassy: if you are active in Madagascar, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses at the top of this page.
- Potential investors: Getting Started.
- Add Commercial and Agricultural Specialists to your mailing lists: we are always happy to stay informed. Send emails to contact addresses at the top of this page.
- Subscribe to our embassyFacebook page or Twitter page.
- Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise. Contact information is listed at the top of this page.
III- Working in Madagascar
In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.
For information on obtaining a visa to visit Madagascar:
Madagascar Immigration has instituted a strict visa policy whereby all visitors are strongly encouraged to obtain visas by using an online system, though visas are available upon arrival at international ports of entry including Antananarivo International Airport.
- Apassport with at least two blank pages, six months’ validity, and a visa are required to enter Madagascar.
- Single-entry visasare available upon arrival at Madagascar airports; however, Madagascar Immigration plans to end visas upon arrival in the near future.
- Multiple-entryvisas must be applied for prior to traveling to Madagascar.
- Obtain the latest information on visas, as well as any additional details regarding entry requirements, from the Madagascar Embassy, 2374 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC 20 008, Phone (202) 265-5525
- You should have proof of yellow fever immunizations, or you may be denied entry.
IV. Other Guidance
- Travel Advisories
Visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Madagascar.html for more information on travelling to Madagascar,
Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory for Madagascar.
- The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
The FCPA is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.More information on the FCPA can be found here:
https://www.justice.gov/criminal-fraudA party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found here: https://www.justice.gov/criminal-fraud