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Madagascar returns to international scene with summit

Hosting the Francophonie Summit marks the return of Madagascar to the international scene.

FILE: People have coffee in Antananarivo in Madagascar's. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA – Madagascar has returned to the international scene as it hosts the 16th annual Francophonie Summit made up of governments who use the French language.

The ambassador of international organisation of la Francophonie, Malik Sarr, says it marks the end of Madagascar’s difficult digression that saw it suspended from the African Union (AU).

Madagascar was meant to host the summit in 2009, however, Switzerland hosted the event as Madagascar faced a political crisis following a coup.

Now, the island is in the spotlight in front of 80 countries, with hotel rooms and car rentals fully booked.

The trade fair to be hosted at the summit presents an opportunity for businessmen to discover Madagascar.

Meanwhile, officials expect the tourist flow to continue as thousands of participants join the summit.