By Kondwani Magombo In Yokohama, Japan:
Vice President Everton Chimulirenji arrived in Yokohama, Japan, Tuesday morning to represent President Peter Mutharika at Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7) scheduled for August 28 to 30 2019.
Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Francis Kasaila and Malawi Ambassador to Japan Grenenger Msulira Banda were among the high-profile officials that welcomed Chimulirenji and his wife Judith at Narita International Airport, Tokyo.
Chimulirenji proceeded to The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyu just next to the TICAD7 venue, Pacifico Yokohama, where he was welcomed by Trade, Industry and Tourism Minister Salim Bagus, Transport and Public Works Minister Ralph Juma and Malawi Deputy Ambassador to Japan Bentley Namasasu, among others.
The Vice President would, among other assignments, attend Japan- Malawi Forum scheduled for Friday.
Chimulirenji is scheduled to meet top officials such as Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe, Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands and Japanese International Cooperation Agency Executive Senior Vice President, Kazihuko Koshikawa.
Kasaila said Malawi would during TICAD7, table projects such as upgrading of Chileka Airport and construction of Mtayamoyo Bridge in Chiromo, Nsanje District.
“If resources can be made available under TICAD7, we are going to push for inclusion of a masterplan for Chileka International Airport to be upgraded to the standards that it can accommodate more international planes,” he said.
Kasaila said the Malawi delegation to TICAD7 would review projects that were approved in TICAD 6 in 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, such as upgrading of Domasi Teachers’ Training College.
Malawi, which has a pavilion at TICAD7, has a delegation from sectors such as trade and industry, transport and public infrastructure and agriculture.
The 2019 TICAD7 is being held under the theme ‘Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for The Future’. —Mana
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