Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Satoshi Iwakiri, visited and toured Japaness sponsored projects at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe on Wednesday to appreciate the works of newly constructed terminals, new check in counters, new radar and control tower equipment .
Malawi received provided $35 million (about K26 billion) grant from Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has for the rehabilitation, upgrading and improvement of radar surveillance system at KIA.
This grant helped Malawi to beat the International Civil Aviation Organisation (Icao) 2020 deadline to have the facility refurbished or risk being blacklisted.
The airport was operating without a functional radar surveillance system following the breakdown of the one installed in 1982 when the airport was constructed.
The Japanese ambassador was very impressed with the beautiful work he saw.
He encouraged those using the facilities to take care of them.
Iwakiri also hailed the bilateral cooperation that exists between Malawi and Japan.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :