Japanese Grant Aid
February 27, 2016
On Saturday, 27th February 2016, His Excellency Ambassador Shuichiro Nishioka handed over the Masauko-Chipembere Highway to the Government of Malawi. His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, State President of the Republic of Malawi received on behalf of the government and the people of Malawi.
Blantyre is a commercial city and more industrialised district in the country. However, the traffic volume in the city had grown above the designed volume of the roads which had deteriorated and led to increased traffic accidents exacerbated by population concentration and industrialization. With a grant amounting MK12 billion (approximately USD22.5 million) funded by the Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the reconstruction of the road particularly for Masauko-Chipembere Highway was implemented in three phases from 2008 to 2014.
The government of Japan hopes that the new road will among other benefits; stimulate economic growth by increasing opportunities for the private sector and improve logistics efficiency. Speaking during the handover ceremony, His Excellency President Mutharika thanked the Japanese Government and the contractors for the implementation of the project and officially opened the upgraded Masauko-Chipembere Highway.