Japanese multinational vows to support Malawi’s geothermal energy sector

The support entails a comprehensive partnership in geothermal power projects, including capacity building programs in relation to the technology.

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Japanese multinational vows to support Malawi geothermal energy sector
Toshiba would support Malawi in the area of geothermal and hydro power systems.

Japanese multinational, Toshiba, has vowed to help the geothermal energy sector in Malawi by, among other ways, offering a scholarship  to one “young brilliant and qualified Malawian” to study geothermal energy and hydro power in Japan.

Toshiba President, Satoshi Tsukanawa, made the pledge when he held a side meeting with Malawi Government delegation at TICAD7 in Yokohama, Japan.

The two sides met for further discussions on the support of energy project in Malawi following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the same in South Africa in 2018.

Tsukanawa said Toshiba would like to strengthen the development of energy sector in Malawi by building the human resource capacity in that area, like the it was doing in other African countries.

“Toshiba is increasing its focus on Africa, including Malawi and we are going to support in the area of geothermal and hydro power systems,” said Tsukanawa.

“So, we would like to continue to have multilateral discussions on this on a win-win relationship basis,” he added.

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According to the Toshiba President, supporting one young, talented and qualified Malawian in the said field up to Masters or Doctorate level would help in achieving sustainable development in the energy sector in Malawi.

He added that the identification of the candidate would be done in September to come through a transparent process between Malawi Government and the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) in Malawi.

Once identified, the candidate would be fully sponsored by Toshiba to study in the said area in one of the Japanese universities for a year to attain the required level of mastery to develop the energy sector in Malawi with the support of Toshiba.

The Malawi delegation comprises Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Salim Bagus, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Ralph Jooma and Malawi Ambassador to Japan, Grenenger Msulira Banda, among others.

During the meeting, the delegation had pushed for funding of the energy project on South Rukulu River in Northern Region, according to Bagus.

MOU signed
On May 3, 2018, Toshiba and Malawi’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in South Africa on Geothermal Power Generation.

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The MoU anticipated a comprehensive partnership in geothermal power projects, including capacity building programs in relation to the technology.

The Malawi delegation also pushed for manufacturing of diversified technological products and services with the renowned conglomerate to partner Malawi’s power generating company, Egenco, in a Public Private Partnership.

This would strengthen the energy sector in Malawi.

Bagus described the meeting with Toshiba as successful, saying the global technology conglomerate had expressed interest in supporting the energy sector in Malawi.

“We are happy with the commitment Toshiba has made towards energy development in Malawi through capacity building,” stated Bagus.

“On the Rukuru Project and the partnership with Egenco, Toshiba has said they first need more information before they can make any commitment and we are going to provide the required information through our ambassador here in Japan,” said Bagus.

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Toshiba, whith its headquarter in Tokyo, Japan, is a multinational manufacturer of information technology and communications equipment, consumer electronics, medical equipment and home appliances among other equipment.