Malawi and U.S. Sign Power Africa Memorandum of Understanding

LILONGWE, February 26, 2016:  Minister of Natural Resources, Energy, and Mining Bright Msaka, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer, and Power Africa Coordinator Andrew Herscowitz today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and Malawi regarding Malawi’s continued participation in the U.S. presidential initiative known as Power Africa.  Power Africa is a U.S. Government-led initiative that helps bring critical power projects online and connects people to electricity by removing barriers, particularly the financial and regulatory roadblocks that have stood in the way of power delivery in sub-Saharan Africa.  “Power Africa represents the U.S. Government’s commitment to supporting Malawi to achieve its electrification goals and improve the quality of life for thousands of Malawians,” said Ambassador Palmer at the signing ceremony.

The United States Government is actively partnering with the Government of Malawi to expand access to electricity, through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact – a $350.7 million grant to the government of Malawi – and now also through additional and complementary Power Africa support.

In 2015, Malawi became a Power Africa “Progressive Partnership Country,” as such all U.S. Government initiatives in the energy sector in Malawi, including the MCC Compact, are now considered part of the U.S. Government’s broader Power Africa effort to increase generation capacity through private sector investment.  This month, Power Africa approved $1.6 million of support for Malawi.  Beginning in mid-2016, these funds will provide transaction advisory services to the government of Malawi and ESCOM to support the negotiation of power purchase agreements to help spur further power generation investments in the country.

Contacts:        Edward J. Monster – Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy

Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy

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