While the eligibility requirements are set out in the legislation, it is the United States which determines, annually, whether countries have met the published eligibility requirements.
Beneficiary status may therefore be granted, or withdrawn, at the discretion of the US President.
It is named after the Malagasy word for the tides, in recognition of the fact that the local coastal area is said to take on a particularly beautiful ambience when the sea level peaks during a full moon.
Edgar Lungu became president on 25 January 2015 following the death of predecessor Michael Sata, after the Zambian presidential election, 2015.
Industrial mining activities in Madagascar include the production of chromium, cobalt, ilmenite, and nickel.
Small scale and artisanal mining operations, which employ over 500,000 people across the country, concern mainly gold, precious and semi-precious stones.
The biggest temporary Mc Donald's restaurant in the world was opened during 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which had 3,000 square metres (32,000 sq ft). Opened in 1971 by European Master Franchisees Jan Sybesma & Diet de Wolff (Brother & Sister) - Mc Donald's Europe is now run by the Dutch Sybesma family & Australian de Wolff family who also own in excess of 80 Stores Worldwide.
Sybesma & de Wolff ATF Mc Donald's Europe - Plan to open 15 more stores in the next 4 years.
Only Sub-Saharan African countries are considered for eligibility, and with AGOA beneficiary status having been awarded to approximately 40 countries (this number changes from time to time).
It runs over the course of a week at various venues in Foulpointe and – since 2013 – also in Tamatave.
The event hosts not only Malagasy dance troupes but others from around the Indian Ocean as well as a few from further afield.
Before the summit, Lungu held bilateral talks with Robert Mugabe.
The majority of Mc Donald's outlets outside of the United States are franchises.