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February 5, 2013

The First Joint Coordination Committee Meeting for the Project for Urban Plan and Development Management in Lilongwe City

The first Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting for The Project for Urban Plan and Development Management of Lilongwe City was held on 5th February, 2013 at Lilongwe City Council. This project commenced in November, 2012 with the sole aim of capacity development of the council's Urban Planning Department.

The main agenda of the meeting was for the project Team Leader, Mr. Tetsuji Goto and his counterparts from Lilongwe City Council to present the project's work plan to the JCC members and for them to discuss and validate it. JCC members who attended the meeting were from Lilongwe City Council, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Ministry of Local government and Rural Development, JICA Malawi and a representative from the Embassy of Japan who attended the meeting as an observer. In his opening remarks, JICA Malawi's Resident Representative, Mr. Katsuro Saito, emphasised a need for the council to show a co-working spirit and ownership of the project by putting in place mechanisms for sustainability of the project. This includes filling of vacant positions in the Urban Planning Department to allow enough personnel in the department to acquire skills and knowledge from the JICA experts that will be ultilised beyond the completion of the project. Lilongwe City Council expressed their gratitude to JICA for having responded positively to their request for a technical assistance in the area of capacity building. Upon thorough deliberations, the project's work plan was endorsed by the committee members with a provision that it will be subject to review if necessary.

This project will run for two and half years and several experts in urban planning, development management, housing development, transport planning, urban infrastructure, information management, water, drainage and sanitation planning will be assigned to the project over this period.

PhotoFirst JCC at Lilongwe City Council Chamber

PhotoMr. Tetusji Goto, JICA Urban Planning Expert


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