The implementation of industrial programming is one of the major commitments made by the parties during public-private dialogues on industrialization last year. It will make it possible to achieve significant and measurable progress in terms of industrialization.
A major event began yesterday for three days at the Novotel Ivandry. An audience of economic operators with the presidents of the main employers’ organisations, including the Groupement des entreprises de Madagascar (GEM), that of the Syndicat des Industriels de Madagascar (SIM), were gathered around the team of the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Consumption (MICC), led by the Edgard Razafindravahy ministry. On the agenda: exchanges with a view to developing the industrial program which should then result in an industrial pact. “One of the commitments we made at the end of these dialogues is to establish an industrial programming law to set the blueprint for industrialization. This is why we are gathered here today and for three days and why a final validation workshop is scheduled for the end of June”, declared Minister Edgard Razafindravahy in his opening speech.
The establishment of the program is a commitment made by the two parties during a previous public-private dialogue on industrialization organized a year ago. One of its main objectives is to ensure the long-term continuity of the industrialization policy whatever the political orientations. It should therefore lead to an “industrialization pact” which should subject the two parties to reciprocal commitments.
The industrial pact or the planning law is an instrument that will strengthen the continuity of the State and make it possible to overcome the uncertainties linked to changes in political personnel and electoral deadlines. An irreversible process, which prevents the efforts and changes made from falling through, to the detriment of investors, with each change of regime. “As you know, we have a great challenge to achieve, that of leading our country on the path to industrialization in accordance with Velirano No. 7 of the President of the Republic. The industrialization of our country will not be the business of a presidential term but of decades of effort”, specifies the MICC. With the assistance of a high-level consulting firm, deploying legal experts and experts in industrial strategy, the industrial programming days, which will last three days, aim to establish by mutual agreement the strategic orientations of the industrialization in Madagascar. This encompasses the means to develop priority sectors, namely agro-business, textiles/clothing, the mining processing industry, essential oils and renewable energies; and incentives to stimulate the industrial sector. “The state probably doesn’t do everything perfectly, but you can’t suggest for a moment that the state doesn’t want private investment. There will be no industrialization without private investment,” says Edgard Razafindravahy to the members of the private sector present. In addition, the MICC has already identified international developers with whom Madagascar will be able to collaborate within the framework of the establishment of industrial parks, economic zones which constitute an ecosystem to facilitate the life of companies.