Helen Clark and Madagascar’s President discuss the country’s transition, development agenda

17 Mar 2014

imageHelen Clark and President Rajaonarimampianina

The UNDP Administrator Helen Clark today met with the President of Madagascar, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who, on his second official visit outside the country, came to meet senior United Nations officials in New York.

Mr. Rajaonarimampianina was elected in January 2014 in a UNDP-supported ballot, marking the end of Madagascar’s five-year political stalemate.

“Madagascar has emerged from a prolonged period of uncertainty and faces the daunting challenge of spreading the dividends of democracy. We must redouble our efforts to support the country on a path to inclusive and sustainable growth development”, said Helen Clark.

Miss Clark and Mr. Rajaonarimampianina discussed the need to complete the country’s political transition and mobilize additional resources for development.

They also spoke of the UN’s role in supporting national dialogue, job creation, and access to basic social services in a country where eight people out of 10 live under the poverty line.

The President has pledged to fight poverty, economic and social exclusion, and corruption, and to focus on justice and the rule of law, peace and security and human rights. The President articulated his vision for a national reconciliation process as the foundation of a new agenda for Madagascar.

The Administrator reiterated UNDP’s continuing support for the electoral processes, including on the organization of municipal elections, and for the country’s agenda for inclusive and sustainable growth. She highlighted the country’s exceptional biodiversity, which can also serve as a basis for job creation and inclusive development.

UNDP supported the process for both the first and the second round of the recent elections under the leadership of Resident Representative Fatma Samoura, providing logistical support and advice to the Independent National Electoral Commission of the Transition (CENIT) - the electoral body which oversaw the poll.