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October 2, 2014

Preliminary Study Mission for the Project for the Rehabilitation of Kamuzu International Airport

PhotoKamuzu International Airport

On 2nd October 2014 the Preparatory Survey Mission for the Project for the Rehabilitation of Kamuzu International Airport signed Minutes of Discussions with the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Transport and Public Works in the Republic of Malawi. This wrapped up a two week long survey to confirm items contained in the request for grant assistance that the Government of Malawi submitted to the Government of Japan for the rehabilitation of the main international airport in Malawi.

Kamuzu International Airport, which was officially opened in 1983, was built with Japanese Government official assistance in form of yen loan. As the main gateway to Malawi the facility is an emblem of the Japanese assistance to the aviation sector in Malawi. Since the official opening of the airport, Japan has continued to render assistance to the aviation sector in Malawi through projects such as the Project for the Replacement of Air Navigation System, the Project for the Introduction of Clean Energy Promotion by Solar Electricity and the Project on Capacity Development for Air Navigation Services.

After thorough discussions with authorities of the Government of the Republic of Malawi, the Preparatory Survey Mission recommended, among other components of the project, the rehabilitation of the current terminal which serves both international and domestic passengers, the construction of a new domestic terminal, the construction of a new international departure wing and a new international arrivals wing. The construction of the new facilities will, according to traffic volume estimates, solve the problems of congestion which the airport currently faces on some days of the week when three international flights land at the same time.

Through this project the airport will wear a new face and free a lot of space currently occupied by check in counters and immigration desks. This space will be used for other commercial activities.

The Principal Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Mr Moffat Chitimbe could not hide his joy at the news when the mission briefed him. He thanked the Government of Japan for its continued assistance and looked forward to positive conclusions of the project and wished the project had started yesterday.

The mission is expected to present its Preparatory Report to the Government of Malawi around March 2015.

PhotoPrincipal Secretary of Ministry of Transport and Public Works signing on the Minutes of Discussions

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