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Madagascar puts airport security contract on ‘standby’

21-Jan-2011 1:05 PM

Madagascar's Civil Aviation Authority (ACM) stated it has put a contract with SRDI SA to tighten security at its eight airports on “standby” (Bloomberg, 20-Jan-2011). ACM stated it is "discussing the contract and there is no date by which the standby will be lifted”. SRDI was awarded a 15-year contract in Oct-2010 to provide airport security to help curb smuggling of goods ranging from tortoises to precious stones. The decision to put the contract on hold follows the government's replacement in Dec-2010 of Douan Clarisse as head of ACM.