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Grenenger K.M. Banda

Embassy of the Republic of Malawi

Date of birth: Aug. 13, 1953

Hometown: Kasungu, Malawi

Number of years in Japan (cumulative): 1 (as of December 2017)

Grenenger K.M. Banda
Q1: What was your first encounter with Japan?

I found Japan to be a very unique country in terms of culture, customs and friendliness. The country is rich in its traditions such as shrines, tea ceremonies, cuisine and the Japanese language, which is the only one in the country, unlike some African countries such as Malawi that has 13 different languages in a population of 17 million people.

Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

My motto is to achieve what I want to within a reasonable time for the development of Malawi. Bilateral relations between Malawi and Japan were established in 1964, immediately after Malawi gained its independence from Great Britain. Since that time, the two countries have together enjoyed socioeconomic ties such as exchange visits of senior government officials, foreign aid support and bilateral support on important emerging issues.

Q3 : Over your career, what achievement are you the proudest of?

I have maintained the already existing good bilateral, political, social and economic relations between Malawi and Japan that have existed from 1964 when Malawi became an independent state. There is also a good relationship between the government of Japan and the Embassy of Malawi. In addition, Japanese investors such as Japan Tobacco Inc. and Mitsui & Co. hold regular meetings with the Embassy of Malawi.

Q4 : What are your goals during your time in Japan, your current position or in life?

My goal is to promote wealth creation, prosperity and the well-being of Malawians and peoples of all countries with investment, trade, tourism and cultural values as pillars of economic development. I would like Malawi to continue benefiting from the Tokyo International Conference on African Development process, which includes development of human capital, science and technology and infrastructure, and pursue a shared vision on technology transfers between Malawi and all countries.

Q5 : What wisdom, advice or tips can you give to people living and working in Japan?

The Embassy of Malawi will continue to maintain a high-quality foreign service for the people living and working in Japan with a view that contributes to an economically advanced and secure Malawi. Malawi has a robust and rich natural resource economic base, including minerals, which remains untapped. Japan, being among the largest economies in the world, is free to encourage private investors to establish their business and trade in Malawi, taking advantage of the South African Development Community, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and European Union markets that are readily available, as well as the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

Last updated: Oct 2, 2018