JICA to consider supporting Malawi’s proposed projects: Chileka Airport and Mtayamoyo Bridge

Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has said it would continue having dialogue with Malawi government on the Chileka Airport and Mtayamoyo Bridge among other projects the country is seeking support for.

Malawi vice presidentnChimulirenji with JICA Executive Senior Vice President, Kazuhiko Koshikawa
JICA Executive Senior Vice President, Kazuhiko Koshikawa

JICA Executive Senior Vice President, Kazuhiko Koshikawa, said this in an interview on Wednesday in Yokohama, Japan, after he held a side meeting with Malawi’s Vice President, Everton Chimulirenji, at the 2019 Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD7).

He described his meeting with the Vice President as fruitful and that the Malawi government had asked for the Japanese government’s support on a number of projects including the Chileka Airport and Mtayamoyo Bridge.

“JICA is committed to continuing supporting Malawi and on the projects we will continue our dialogue with the Malawi government to see how best we can work together in implementing the projects,” Koshikawa pointed out.

He pointed out that Malawi as being among key countries in Africa that JICA is working with in a number of areas including education, infrastructure and power.

The JICA Executive Senior Vice President added that Malawi as number one country in Africa that has absorbed and worked with more young Japanese volunteers over the years.

“Malawi is a very close country for JICA and for the Japanese people,” he said.

Official information sourced from JICA indicates that accumulatively, Malawi has worked with 1,874 young Japanese volunteers up to date and that, currently, 44 young Japanese volunteers are working in Malawi.

Malawi Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Francis Kasaila, who was among the Malawi government officials who accompanied the Vice President, hailed JICA for responding to the proposals Malawi government made during the meeting.

He said government would continue its engagement with JICA in various areas including human capacity development, trade, science and technology, which the Minister noted that Japanese have expertise in.

Other infrastructural projects that Malawi government is pushing for support from the Japanese government include the expansion of the road from Mchinji Round About in Lilongwe to Malawi Police Service’s C Company uptown to dual carriage and upgrading of Domasi Teacher’s Training College.

The Vice President is scheduled to have a number of side meetings during the TICAD7 which has brought together leaders of African countries or their representatives, African countries’ government officials, international organizations and investors at Pacifico Yokohama, the venue for the conference.

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2 years ago

Chileka (aka Bingu I A) is much needed for international travel and business, and it must be a priority for redevelopment. Blantyre and the whole southern region depends on this airport.
However, Japan should make sure that if they sponsor the project, their own people should take charge of the whole thing, including the supply chain. Can’t depend on thieving Malawians any more: look how long the just completed project took to complete, for no legitimate reasons.

2 years ago
Reply to  oMachemba

Are you ashamed on the size of the airport? Or is it you want it to be presentable & pleasant to the eye?

I’m more then happy with Chileka airport yes it doesn’t meet international airport standards.

But can you name me any airport where you can board an international flight reaching just 45 mins before for check in? Very few airports maybe not more then 5 in the world it’s a blessing in disguise appreciate the little we have because the blessings are far out weighing then having a big airport for show.

Just thinking out loud

2 years ago

I hope it won’t be trashy projects like the KIA terminal in Lilongwe. Tisamangotayiridwa zinthuzi iyayi

2 years ago

I hope it won’t be trashy projects like the KIA terminal.

2 years ago

Please save Malawi from another ugly airport in the country. I wonder how the VP communicated with his broken English

Kapado Chimulirenji
2 years ago

Muzilemba zoonatu inu a Mana. Osamangolemba nkhani pofuna kugula maulendo kuopa kuti ulendo wina sadzakutenganinso. Munkateronso pali Joyce Banda, ndimayesa mutiuza pomwe mayi Mtila analekeza. Zikuoneka ngati zichita kuyamba kumene. Nkhaniyitu njakalekale.

2 years ago

New warehouses at Chileka ngati za ku KIA

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