by Naftali Mwaura NAIROBI (Xinhua)
-- Kenya is finalizing plans to host an inaugural blue
economy summit in Nairobi next week amid expectations it will chart a new
roadmap in tapping water resources to drive growth.
cabinet secretary for foreign affairs, told a briefing on Tuesday the three-day
summit will position Kenya as a hub for growth of blue economy to promote
poverty alleviation, jobs creation, industrial growth and sustainable
Solid measures are already in place to ensure the inaugural blue economy
summit is successful, she said.
"Kenya is ready to host the blue economy conference and we are confident it
will be a success thanks to the commitment demonstrated by sponsors and
participants," Juma said of the meeting, which begins on Monday.
She said 11,000 delegates from around the world have confirmed their
participation at the summit that is expected to rekindle debate on utilization
of marine and inland water resources to achieve sustainable development.
"This is truly a global conference and 180 countries have already confirmed
attendance and 11 delegations will be led at the head of state level," Juma
said, adding that the bulk of participants will be from Africa.
Kenya will be co-hosting the inaugural blue economy summit with Canada.
NAIROBI, (Xinhua) -- Kenyan Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica
Juma addresses journalists in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, Nov. 20, 2018.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuesday hosted a session with countries
sponsoring the forthcoming Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, Kenya’s
inaugural ocean economy summit. Monica Juma met among others,
representatives of Canada and Japan who are co-hosting the three-day event
commencing on Nov. 26. XINHUA
PHOTO: FRED MUTUNE
The gathering’s theme is "Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
The east African nation will spend an estimated 750 million shillings (about
7.5 million U.S. dollars) to host the conference that will be attended by
presidents, ministers, industry executives, scientists and green campaigners.
Juma hailed financial contribution from Kenya’s bilateral partners and the
local private sector to support the summit.
Kenya is banking on sustainable exploitation of its vast marine and
land-based fresh water resources to catalyze industrial growth, achieve food
security and promote regional trade.
President Uhuru Kenyatta is pushing efforts to revitalize the nascent blue
economy that currently contributes only 2.5 percent to the gross domestic
The Kenyan leader on Monday launched a modern coast guard to protect the
country’s territorial waters, amid threats of illegal fishing that denies the
exchequer an estimated 100 million dollars.
"The coast guard will ensure that our ocean will no longer be used by drug
and human traffickers, illegal arms dealers and illegal fishing vessels,"
"It will guard against exploitation of our natural resources by foreign
countries and ensure that never again will a foreign vessel steal our fish."
Deputy President William Ruto said the launch of the Coast Guard Service
reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment to becoming an unrivalled blue economy hub.
Kenya has developed a robust policy and regulatory framework to facilitate
growth of blue economy and realize sustainability agenda.
"The first international blue economy conference to be held in Kenya presents
an opportunity for us to borrow best practices that have worked elsewhere and
convert our oceans,
lakes and rivers into avenues for economic diversification, cross border
trade and climate change mitigation," said Japheth Ntiba, principal secretary
for fisheries, aquaculture and the blue economy.
Kenya will leverage on the emerging opportunities in the blue economy to
transform the livelihoods of coastal communities, he added.