20 March 2003

New Permanent Representative of Madagascar Presents Credentials

VIENNA, 20 March (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of Madagascar to the United Nations (Vienna), Alfred Rambeloson, presented his credentials today to Antonio Mario Costa, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

Prior to his current assignment, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Madagascar to the United Nations in Geneva. From June to August 2002 he was a senator in his home country, and from 1998 to June 2002 he served as a deputy.

In 1996, he was Minister of Communications and Culture. From 1982 to 1990 he was Director-General, Fafifama Co. in Mahajanga. From 1980 to 1982 he was Director for Rural Development, and from 1978-1980 he was Head of the Fisheries Department at Antsiranana. From 1974 to 1978 he had a private veterinary practice in France.

Born on 29 December 1945 in Madirovalo, Madagascar, Mr. Rambeloson has a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the Ecole nationale vétérinaire in Lyon, France, and a Law degree from the Law Faculty, Antananarivo, Madagascar.

Mr. Rambeloson is married and has two children.

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