London -- Patrick Ramiaramanana, Mayor of Antananarivo, has been named Personality of the Year 2006 - Africa by fDi (Foreign Direct Investment) magazine, part of the Financial Times group of London.

The annual Personality of the Year awards recognise the political and business leaders around the world who have been the most proactive, dynamic and innovative in securing foreign investment and improving the business environments of their jurisdictions. Regional winners are selected for Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America; out of these candidates a global winner is chosen.


In being named a Personality of the Year for 2006, Mr Ramiaramanana joins the ranks of such previous honorees as Mexican President Vicente Fox, Brazilian President Luis Inácio Lula da Silva and Mayor of Seoul Lee Myung-bak. Last year's winner for Africa was Ebrahim Rasool, premier of the Western Cape of South Africa.

"We have been very impressed with the proactive approach the mayor has taken to improving the quality of life in the city, creating sustainable development and attracting international conferences and investors," explained fDi editor Courtney Fingar.

The 2006 regional winners include: Dato Seri Rafidah Aziz, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia (Asia); Peter Hain, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales, United Kingdom (Europe); Leo Starkman, Minister of Investment, Honduras (Latin America); Mohamed Alabbar, Emaar, United Arab Emirates (Middle East); and Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario (North America and Global Winner).

About fDi:

Published bimonthly, fDi magazine is the premier publication for the business of globalisation. With a circulation of nearly 15,000 people, mainly senior-level executives at multinational corporations, fDi reports on the issues and developments that corporate executives must consider when making international investment decisions.

For more information:

Courtney Fingar

Editor, fDi

Tel: +44 20 7382 8019