The support involves a comprehensive partnership in the geothermal power projects, incorporating the capacity building programs concerning the technology.
Toshiba, a Japanese multinational has pledged on offering a helping hand to Malawi’s geothermal sector in various aspects to see its development in terms of energy production. One of the ways set to help in this project is offering for a scholarship programme to one “young brilliant and qualified Malawian” to go and study the geothermal energy as well as the hydropower in Japan.
Satoshi Tsukanawa, the Toshiba President, made this pledge while having a side meeting with the Malawi Government delegation at the TICAD7 in Yokohama Japan. Following the signing of Memorandum of Understanding based on the same issue in South Africa back in 2018, the two sides (Toshiba and Malawi geothermal sector officials) met and had a lengthy discussion on the backing up of the energy project in Malawi.
Tsukanawa noted that Toshiba aims at strengthening the growth of Malawi’s energy sector through establishing a human resource capacity in the area, as it is helping in other Africa based countries.
Tsukanawa noted that “Toshiba is increasing its focus on Africa, including Malawi and we are going to support in the area of geothermal and hydropower systems.”
He also added that “So, we would like to continue to have multilateral discussions on this on a win-win relationship basis.”
Toshiba President believes that helping and supporting a young, talented as well as qualified Malawian in the geothermal energy and hydro-power field up to the Masters or even Doctorate level would have a great impact in helping Malawi achieve sustainable development, especially in the energy sector.
Through the Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA) based in Malawi, in collaboration with the Malawian government, the candidate to be selected for the said scholarship program would be identified come September, through a transparent and engaging process.
Upon identification, the candidate would receive full sponsorship from Toshiba, to go and study in the mentioned area in one of the Japanese universities for at least one year, attaining all the required mastery level in developing the Malawian energy sector, with the help of Toshiba.
Salim Bagus, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Ralph Jooma, Minister of Transport and Public Works and Grenenger Msulira Banda, Malawi Ambassador to Japan, are among the Malawian delegates seeing this project through.
In a meeting, the delegation had proposed for the funding of some of the energy projects in the Northern Region of South Rukulu River, according to the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Tourism, Salim Bagus.
The Signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
As mentioned earlier, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been back on 3rd May 2018 between the Japanese Multinational, Toshiba, and Malawi’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining in South Africa on Geothermal Power Generation.