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The six Malagasy bishops with Ambassador Bruno inside the Ratafika and Rahova Centre
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Bishop Roger with Ambassador Bruno
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The visitors in front of the Malagasy products centre
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Malagasy Bishops Pay Courtesy Visit to their Ambassador in Mauritius
By Bishop Roger Chung
 
ANTSIRANANA 071008-1
October 8, 2007

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] While in Mauritius for the recent CAPA meeting, the six bishops of Madagascar paid a courtesy visit to the Malagasy ambassador to Mauritius, Mr Bruno. The visitors, who found the meeting very informative, were Bishops Remi Rabenirina, Jean Claude Andranjafimanana, Gilbert Rateloson, Jean Paul Solo, Todd Macgregor and Roger Chung Jaomalaza.

The ambassador showed the bishops the new Malagasy products centre, which is situated adjacent to the Embassy offices in Floreal. Because Madagascar does not have the eye-catching development of Mauritius, Ambassador Bruno is doing his utmost to grow the market for Malagasy products. He built this centre to promote the sale of the various products in Mauritius. More and more commercial networks are being started and there are indications that Mauritius is now buying more products, especially dried foods like white beans, from Madagascar.

The Centre is named after the two princes Ratafika and Rahovy, who were brothers of King Radama of Madagascar. They were sent to Mauritius in the 1820s so as to acquire English education under the Governor, Robert Farquhar. They stayed in the Reduit Residence which is now the State Presidential House.