(Xinhua) -- The Kenyan
government is banking on optimal utilization of
maritime resources to drive socio-economic
development and enhance response to climate change,
officials said on Thursday.
the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, said that
a sound legal and policy framework is being polished
to facilitate growth of the blue economy and realign
it with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.
"We are looking at innovative ways to sustainably
manage our seas and oceans while linking them to
national economic development and climate resilience
programs," Juma said during an international summit
to discuss maritime security in Somalia and
countries sharing the Western Indian Ocean
An estimated 200 delegates from 68 countries who
included ministers, diplomats and security experts
attended the summit that sought to rejuvenate the
war against maritime security risks in the Horn of
Juma said that Kenya is committed to protect its
territorial waters from illegal fishing and
trans-national crimes like piracy, human trafficking
and dumping of toxic waste, as it embarks on
development of its nascent blue economy.
"Maritime security has a positive bearing on the
blue economy that seeks to empower communities while
boosting their capacity to cope with climatic
threats," Juma said.
Kenya will from Nov. 26 to 28 host a high-level
conference on blue economy in the capital, Nairobi
that is expected to reactivate debate on sustainable
utilization of maritime resources to drive the green
Juma said Kenya will invest in supportive
infrastructure while harnessing new technologies and
innovations to create a robust blue economy.
"Our international partners have also supported
our blue economy strategy that will pave way for
sustainable exploitation of oceans, seas, lakes and
rivers to promote sustainable development," said
Raychelle Omamo, the Cabinet Secretary for
Defense said securing Kenyan resource rich coastline
has been prioritized to enhance seamless growth of
the blue economy.
"We see a connection between maritime security
and exploitation of our blue economy," said Omamo.
"The establishment of a vibrant blue economy will
address poverty and climate related disasters that
are a threat to economic growth and national
security," she added.
East Africans use both teamwork and technology
to thwart illegal fishing
Summary of fisheries and resources information
for Kenya - FAO Survey