Lilongwe has signed a grant agreement with the government of Japan under the Japanese Grant Aid Scheme for the upgrading of the Kamuzu International Airport (kia).
The signing in ceremony was held lately in Lilongwe with Malawi’s Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development GoodallGondwe and Japanese AmbassadorShuichiroNishioka.
The Japanese Ambassador told reporters that the Kamuzu International Airport need to go for rehabilitation to see to it that it matches the much improved standards of most of the airports around the globe.
“The operational space is usually congested as it cannot accommodate the current demand and certainly not the future.
“Concerned with these challenges and also in an effort to be more efficient and effective to improve the services at KIA, the government of Malawi made a request to the government of Japan to rehabilitate and expand the terminal building,” he said.
According to the Japanese Ambassador, the grant which is about K17 billion will be used to among other things maintain passenger terminal and procurement of equipment metal detectors and aircraft surveillance.
Malawi’s Finance Minister GoodallGondwe hailed the existing bilateral relations between Malawi and Japan saying the country has benefited a lot in a number of developmental areas.
And in his words Minister of Transport and Public Works Francis Kasaila said upgrading of KIA will help it to become a safe landing airport because problems such as congestion will be a thing of the past.