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 the Secretary on strategies to advance global integration of renewable and clean energy sources.

The Special Envoy is in Madagascar to follow up on discussions he held with President Hery Rajaonarimampianina on the margins of the U.S. African Leaders Summit last August.  The Special Envoy and the President will explore the potential for American collaboration with Madagascar, as it seeks to emerge as a next generation petroleum and gas producing country.  Special Envoy Hochstein will meet with representatives from the Ministry of Mines, the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Hydrocarbons and the Ministry of Finance, in addition to business leaders and members of the international donor community engaged in the energy and petroleum sector.