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Kenya says blue economy conference
to revitalize sustainability agenda

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.

“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 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 security.

“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 African Nation.

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.



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