Polish ties with Madagascar go back decades. In the colonial era Poland had sent a mission to Madagascar, with which Polish settlement in Madagascar’s East coast started. They were welcomed by the local inhabitants, as they developed medical and educational institutions, and brought the then-modern solutions in agriculture. Later came the partitions of Poland, when Madagascar plans were abandoned, and the prospective colony was overtaken by France. Polish settlers have stayed in Madagascar, however, and Polish minority today is the second largest minority in after the French. During communist period Polish community in Madagascar supported the Polish mainland with tropical fruits – a fact that is still remembered in Poland.
Appointment of John Jadczak as the Finance Minister in the government of Charles Rabemananjara currently ruling the Republic of Madagascar, started a new era in Polish-Madagascar relations.
Madagascar government, seeking investment and better opportunities for its citizens, negotiated a contract with the government of Poland. According to the deal, Poland will support the development of higher education institutions in Madagascar with an academic exchange programme. Poland will also launch several new courses at the local university, build five new hospitals and provide medical consultants and medical staff, who will train local medicine students. Polish engineers will construct sewer net in Antananarivo, the capital of The Republic of Madagascar, and 8 other major cities. Polish companies will invest 5 billion euro in Madagascar’s chemical, agricultural and banking industries. In return, Poland will lease a strip of Madagascar’s East coast for 100 years. Nowy Sopot, the proposed capital of the region, that will now become part of Poland, is the largest Polish settlement with over 50.000 Polish inhabitants. Autonomous Region of East Madagascar will not be part of The EU nor of the Schengen Agreement. It will become a tax haven, as Poland’s Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski proposed to cancel VAT and CIT.
Marek Belka, former prime minister of Poland is said to become the first governor of the region. He will be responsible for developing the tourist industry which is planned to bring most of the region’s income. Mr Belka, who negotiated deals with major European travel companies and hotel chains, hopes Madagascar to become the next Ibiza.
Donald Tusk, the prime minister of Poland said today: “We are proud of this scheme, this is our way of aiding the communities of Africa. We aren’t the richest nation, but this is how both our nations can profit from our cooperation. We hope to be an example to other EU member states.”
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Update, April the 2nd:
PRIMA APRILIS! The news above is of course absolutely fake :) Each year on April’s Fools Day (April the 1st) newspapers and television news shows in Poland produce fake information to trick their readers/viewers – and Polandian had to follow this fine tradition :)
No mission was ever sent to colonise Madagascar, there was no Polish settlement in Madagascar, and therefore there isn’t any significant Polish minority. There isn’t anyone named John Jadczak in Madagascar’s government. And finally no such deal as described was ever planned, it is totally fictional. Donald Tusk never said the things I quote. The map produced here shows only my own alterations to the map of Madagascar.