The general manager of the Central Indian Atlantic (oceans) Franchise, Mr. Lionel Marumahoko, led a delegation from The Coca-Cola Company in Madagascar in paying a courtesy call to H.E Excellency Hery Rajaonarimampianina, president of the Republic of Madagascar.

Lionel Marumahoko was accompanied by Don Dussey, Senior Public Affairs & Communications manager for Central Indian Atlantic (oceans) Franchise; Emmanuel De Tailly, the deputy president of the Star Group (Coca-Cola’sBottling Partner in Madagascar); Anna Rabary, director of Legal and Social Affairs at the STAR Group; and Sylvie 

The main agenda of the meeting was to showcase the highly successful RAIN program that was ongoing in Madagascar.

H.E Excellency Hery Rajaonarimampianina, president of the Republic of Madagascar and Lionel Marumahoko, gm of the central Indian Atlantic Franchise.

Lionel indicated that The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation had invested a total of US$ 2.8m in Madagascar over the last three years. He highlighted that through the investment in the country, more than 105,000 people had improved access to safe and affordable water and 39,000 people had improved access to sanitation and hygiene from the 184 kiosks and 26 laundry blocks with water supply facilities built in 16 districts across Antananarivo. In addition to the RAIN program, the president was also briefed on the various community initiatives spearheaded by the Star Group (Coca-Cola’s Bottling Partner in Madagascar).

The president expressed gratitude to the Coca-Cola Company for its partnership and commitment to Madagascar. "Through the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN) program, Coca-Cola not only provides safe water to the community but also positively contributes to Madagascar’s economic growth. Safe water generates good health conditions and in so doing frees time for the country’s workforce and has a positive impact on productivity. My government and I are very grateful to Coca-Cola for this meaningful support."

Also present at the meeting was the minister of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Dr Johanita Ndahimananjara.

Showcasing Coca-Cola's Sustainable Communities program has been the main thrust for most of the public engagements that the Coca-Cola Central East & West Africa Business Unit president, Mr. Kelvin Balogun, and Mr. Lionel Marumahoko have conducted this year across the Central, Indian & Atlantic (oceans) Franchise markets. Earlier this year, the duo also met senior.