As he campaigns for re-election in November, President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar does not try to conceal his country’s difficulties. After a term devoted to infrastructure, he wants to accelerate industrialisation, boost agriculture, and encourage the private sector and human capital. Interview by Hichem Ben Yaïche.
In what state of mind are you approaching the presidential election?
Madagascar has fallen behind in terms of development. The growth long awaited by the population has not materialised. This is why I am running for a second term. I have done everything to catch up on growth through the construction of the infrastructure that the population needs.
I’ll just give a few examples. Many children – not just in Madagascar, but in Africa in general – walk for several hours to school. In Madagascar, we face this reality. With my government, I built 4,198 classrooms to educate more than 2,200 schoolchildren and students.
This is a record, not just for…