By Chrissy Fereciah Nkumba
The Centre for Strategic Studies in the Malawi Defence Force in partnership with the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) and the National Planning Commission (NPC) have organized an Energy Symposium to be held on July 18 at the Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
The solution-oriented symposium will bring together thought leaders and industry experts to assess key issues facing the energy sector with the view to identify measures that will revitalize the country’s energy sector, promote energy stewardship, bolster efficiency and sustainability of power generation, and supply towards accelerating the attainment of zero energy deficit and reduce energy insecurity in Malawi.
The meeting will be co-hosted by Professor Address Malata, Vice Chancellor of Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST); Dr Thomas Chataghalala Munthali, Director General of National Planning Commission (NPC); and General (Dr) Paul Velentino Phiri, Commander of the MDF.
The theme of the Symposium is; “Optimising Energy, Oil and Gas Production in Malawi.
Reads a joint Press Statement by the Centre and MUST: “The Keynote address will be delivered by Prof Robert Rotberg, President Emeritus of World Peace Foundation, Founding Director, Harvard Kennedy School’s Programme on intrastate conflict, and Vice- Chair of integrity initiatives International
The session will include several presentations such as Industrialisation: Realising Pillar Two of the Malawi 2063; Mapping Expansion of the Malawi Energy, Oil, and Gas Landscape, Energy and National Security; Negotiating Energy, Oil and Gas Agreements , Private sector Involvement in the Energy Sector and The Role of Traditional and Community Leaders in the Energy Sector.