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March 17, 2014

Grant Agreement Ceremony Between the Government of Malawi and the Government of Japan

PhotoDr Mkwezalamba and Mr Shimoda at the ceremony

The grant agreement signing ceremony for Detailed Design Study for the Expansion of the Tedzani Hydro Power Plant and the third phase of the Project for Reconstruction and Expansion of Selected Community Day Secondary Schools (CDSSs) and Conventional Secondary Schools took place on 17th March 2014 at the Ministry of Finance in Lilongwe. The ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Finance, Honourable Dr Maxwell Mkwezalamba and His Excellency Mr Shuichiro Nishioka, the Japanese Ambassador to Malawi. Mr Toru Shimoda represented the JICA Malawi office.

Ambassador Nishioka re-emphasized the Japanese government's continued commitment to the social and economic development of Malawi. To this end, the Government of Japan will construct a 21.8 megawatt generation plant which will increase total national generation capacity to 379.1 megawatt by 2018. The proposed design study is expected to cost US$1,010,000.00. In the education sector, Japan has reconstructed and expanded 12 CDSSs since 2010 in phases 1 and 2. In its third phase, the new project will expand nine CDSSs (Mzoma, Mwalawanyenje, Kabekere, Zomba Urban, Kabwabwa, Mlodza, M'binzi, Muhasuwa) and two Conventional Secondary Schools (Umbwi and Chimwalira). The grant gives US $17.7 million for the construction of classrooms, laboratories, administration blocks, teachers' houses, libraries, kitchens, multipurpose assembly halls, girls' hostels, and perimeter fences at the selected schools.

Commenting on the two projects, Dr Mkwezalamba expressed appreciation to the Japanese Government and the people of Japan. With the expansion of the Tedzani Hydro Power Plant, Malawi has moved another step towards improving electricity power supply and hoped that the increased supply will attract foreign investors into the country. The minister also commended the reconstruction and expansion of secondary schools saying it has not only changed the outlook of the schools but has also provided necessary facilities for improved teaching and learning. The reconstruction and expansion of secondary schools will also complement the Lilongwe College for Secondary School Teachers whose construction was agreed upon in May 2013.

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