NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has challenged African countries
to establish an inter-agency coordination to help in the fight
James Macharia, the Cabinet Secretary for
Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development said
that piracy is still on the rise in the continent hence the need
to domesticate anti-piracy laws for effective prosecution
"It is important that a maximum continental collaboration is
forged to help solve problems faced by most countries," Macharia
said during celebrations to mark Africa’s Day of the Seas and
Oceans in Nairobi.
He noted that maritime crimes such as illegal arms, money
laundering, unreported fishing, smuggling, theft of crude oil,
smuggling and drug trafficking also require full attention from
"I believe that once these measures are taken into
consideration by the governments, then the governments will
start benefiting from the Blue Economy and help actualize
Africa’s vision on wealth creation through sustainable use of
Seas and Oceans," said Macharia.
He said that African nations need to collectively address
innovative solutions to maritime challenges that hinder
maximization and sustainable use of the continent’s maritime
The CS called for the enhancement of security and safety of
maritime transportation systems through sharing of information
on preventives measures on hostile and criminal acts at sea.
On pollution, the official challenged government to take
maritime pollution and dumping of toxic and nuclear wastes
seriously by protecting populations given that the Blue economy
sector promises a lot in transforming the countries.
In recent past, Kenya has embarked in expanding port capacity
and expanding inland rail and road transport network as
interventions aimed at inspiring the anticipated economic growth
in the sector.