SADC reading series at the University of Waseda

H.E Mrs. Mireille Rakotomalala gives presentation at renowned university, Waseda

The renowned private research university located in Shinjuku and temporary home to over 60,000 students welcomed H.E Mrs. Rakotomalala during one of their English courses on African countries.

This visit is part of the SADC reading series for African countries, an initiative created by the diplomatic corps members of the organization based in Tokyo and in collaboration with the University of Waseda.

Waseda University also known as Sōdai has an estimated 5,000 foreign students enrolled and is one of the top ten universities in Japan.

H.E Rakotomalala gave a presentation on Madagascar, its culture, history, economic as well as political situation and also talked of the diverse opportunities that lie therein in terms of investment opportunities.

She reiterated how more than just the strong bilateral bonds that exist for now 58 years, Madagascar is open to and working on bettering economic collaborations with Japan. With several projects underway and the presence of Japanese companies such as Toyota, Sumitomo, Sangyo to name a few, it is no question that Madagascar is indeed a country brimming with investment opportunities. Recurrently, the largest exporter of vanilla, she talked of the uniqueness of the Malagasy vanilla as well as its clovers, also one of the biggest exports from the country worth 219 million USD in 2017.

H.E Rakotomalala on a lighter note mentioned the many similarities that existed between both countries, including the respect for the elderly, the spirit of hospitality and the concept of family. She also taught the students one of the well-known Malagasy values known as “fihavanana” loosely translated to the belief that mankind originates from one blood and how we treat others is reflected back to us.

The presentation ended with a Q&A session with students asking questions relating to different aspects, from natural disasters, political instability to Malagasy foie-gras and the trade of vanilla.
Tokyo, november 19th 2018