NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is considering a raft incentives in order to
expand its shipbuilding industry, officials have said.
Principal Secretary of Shipping and Maritime Affairs in the Ministry
of Transport and Infrastructure Nancy Karigithu told a media
briefing in Nairobi that Kenya currently has a small shipbuilding
industry that serves the East Africa region.
"In order to expand the nascent industry, we are assessing the
best incentives that will enable the shipbuilding to reach its full
potential," Karigithu said.
Karigithu added that over 90 percent of Kenya’s international
trade is carried out by ships.
"This shows that there is adequate demand for ships that can be
used to carry Kenyan cargo," she said.
The PS said that shipbuilding is ideal for Kenya because it is
"This means that it will provide jobs for thousands of youth
especially in the coastal towns," he said.
The incentives will be part of the Integrated National Maritime
Policy that will be in place in the next three months.
"The policy ensures that maritime issues are integrated into the
national development agenda due to its significance to international
trade," Karigithu said.
Kenya’s shipbuilding industry is one of the strategies for the
country to develop a blue economy.
The East African nation is currently undertaking projects to
expand its main port of Mombasa so that it handles bigger ships.
"Part of the civil works will also enhance Kenya’s capacity to
build and repair ships that pass by the country’s ports," the PS