Malawi and China last week signed a grant agreement of US$15 million for the purchase of furniture and equipment for Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) in Thyolo District.
The funding bails out the government on furnishing Must, which delayed its opening due to lack of equipment, furniture and other essential facilities.
Secretary to the Treasury, Ronald Mangani, signed the agreement on behalf of Malawi government and said the grant comes handy to improve the situation at the University.
“It is a US$15 million grant which will be used to buy equipment for Must and some other activities and we are grateful to the Chinese Government for the assistance which comes timely when the institution is in need of the equipment,” said Mangani.
Must was constructed with funds from the Chinese government but its completion was later marred by lack of furniture and equipment.
The Chinese Government allocated some resources in the US$60 billion Forum for China Africa Cooperation (Focac) as grants to help African countries on social impact activities and humanitarian assistance following the food security and climate change effects in some countries.