Malawians who underwent various training programmes in Japan have committed themselves to complementing government efforts in raising financial and human resources necessary for the development of the country.
The Malawians, who are trading under the Jica Ex-Participants Association of Malawi (Jepam), made the commitment on Sunday during their annual general meeting that was held in Lilongwe.
Jepam chairperson Griffin Kunje said the association intends to line up a number of activities to raise funds for the implementation of various development projects, particularly in areas of health, agriculture and education.
“This association was established in 1988. Over the years, the association has been dormant due to financial problems. But now, we have resolved to increase our visibility and fundraising initiatives so that we are able to meaningfully contribute towards the development of this country,” he said.
Kunje expressed hope that Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), under whose the members went to train in Japan, will provide some financial support towards some of Jepam projects.
Jica resident representative Kazuhiko Tokuhashi assured the association of the agency’s support.
However, Tokuhashi emphasised the need for the association to cultivate a culture of self-reliance and volunteerism.
“Despite the fact that Jica will be supporting activities that it finds feasible and viable in accordance with its assistance strategy, we strongly recommend Jepam to independently raise funds for its operations,” he said.