NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The sustainable blue economy conference to be
held in Nairobi on Nov. 26-28 will offer a platform for the
country to catalyze inclusive and green growth, senior officials
said on Tuesday.
Japhet Ntiba, the
Principal Secretary for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy,
said the country aims to harness expertise and new investment
opportunities at the three day conference to promote utilization
of its water bodies to fuel growth.
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 Ntiba.
He spoke in Nairobi
during an update on preparations for the November blue economy
conference whose theme is” the Blue Economy and the 2030 Agenda
for Sustainable Development.”
The East African
nation will be co-hosting the conference with Canada that will
be attended by Heads of State and Government, ministers,
industry executives, scientists and environmentalists to explore
new ways to revitalize growth of blue economy.
Ntiba said Kenya is
working on a series of policy and regulatory frameworks to spur
growth of its nascent blue economy and embed it in President
Uhuru Kenyatta’s big four agenda on manufacturing and food
“Our water bodies
can be harnessed to support the shipping industry which is an
integral part of cross-border trade,” said Ntiba adding that
conservation of lakes, rivers and oceans is a priority in the
light of climatic and human induced threats.
Kenya will spend 7.
5 million U.S. dollars to host the International blue economy
conference that is expected to boost growth of fisheries,
manufacturing and maritime based transport sectors in the East
Nancy Karigithu, the
Principal Secretary for Maritime and Shipping Affairs said Kenya
will leverage on emerging opportunities in the blue economy to
address poverty, unemployment and climate change.