January 13, 2014
The Ministry of Transport and Public Works and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have today, 13th January 2014, signed a Record of Discussions which marks the commencement of a technical cooperation project titled "Project for Capacity Development for Air Navigation Services".
The overall objective of the project is to ensure that trained instructors can sustainably conduct trainings for officers in air navigation services in Malawi. This project will also ensure that the newly installed Air Navigation System Equipment at the Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) through Japanese Grant Aid is effectively utilized.
Under the project, JICA will support training on Air Traffic Control (ATC), Flight Information Services (FIS), Aeronautical Information Services (AIS), Aeronautical Communications Services (ACS) and Electric/Mechanical Engineering under the cooperation with Aviation Academy in South Africa and East Africa School of Aviation in Kenya.
This project is a continuation of long-lasting cooperation between the Government of Malawi and the Government of Japan. The KIA was built 30 years ago with the Japanese Government's financial assistance through Yen loan. In 2012, as stated above, the Government of Japan provided the Grant Aid to support the replacement of some of the airport's air navigation equipment. Subsequently, in September 2013, the Government of Japan handed over to the Malawi Government equipment for generating clean energy by solar system at the KIA.
The project will benefit not only airport officers and airlines but also air traveling passengers flying Malawi airspaces. This will lead to economic and social development through reduction in risks of air traffic accidents.
The project will be jointly implemented by the Directorate of Civil Aviation of the Ministry of Transport and Public Works and JICA. It will commence as soon as the first experts arrive in the country.
Minister of Transport and Public Works presenting the speech during the ceremony
Malawi newspaper article on the ceremony