NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s defense forces will enhance
surveillance along its coastline to ensure that
development of blue economy, key to achieving food
security, is not interrupted by emerging security
threats like piracy, officials said on Wednesday.
Omamo, Cabinet Secretary for Defense, said a secure
coastline is key to stimulating growth of productive
sectors of the economy like agriculture, fisheries,
transport and manufacturing.
blue economy falls squarely within our government’s big
four agenda especially food security and manufacturing.
Our blue economy strategy seeks to harness locally
available marine resources to create wealth and new
jobs,” Omamo remarked.
She spoke at
a roundtable for foreign envoys attached to Kenya to
explore bilateral cooperation in maritime security and
Kenya has developed a robust policy and legislative
framework to facilitate prudent utilization of marine
ecosystem to address endemic challenges like hunger,
malnutrition, unemployment and diseases.
that the vast resources in the territorial waters can be
harnessed to propel growth of fisheries and
economy can deliver real benefits to Kenya like trade,
new industries and job creation. But we must secure our
territorial waters to ensure they deliver on those
benefits,” Omamo told envoys.
that growth of Kenya’s blue economy is hampered by a
plethora of threats like piracy, illegal fishing,
discharge of toxic waste, maritime terrorism and climate
threats exacerbate poverty, hunger and
under-development. They precipitate revenue loss and
encourage uncontrolled migration,” said Omamo, adding
that regional cooperation is key to tackle maritime
borrowed international best practices to develop its
blue economy and achieve social and economic benefits
outlined in the country’s vision 2030.
Kiunjuri, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture and
Irrigation, said the government has prioritized
development of supportive policies, infrastructure and
man power to stimulate growth of the blue economy.
forward to coordinated exploitation of marine resources
to achieve our transformation agenda,” Kiunjuri said.