NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s 47 devolved units will partner with the
central government to develop policies facilitating investments
in the blue economy, officials said on Monday.
Josphat Nanok, chair
of Council of Governors, said that counties have a huge
repository of marine and fresh water resources that should be
exploited to fuel economic growth.
“We are keen to
showcase bankable projects around the blue economy to help meet
development needs of people in the grassroots,” Nanok said.
“There is an untapped potential in oceans, lakes and rivers
which should be harnessed to promote food security,
manufacturing, trade and transport.
He spoke in Nairobi
during a roundtable for counties’ role in the growth of blue
economy. The event was organized by the ministry of foreign
Kenya will on Nov.
26-28 host a sustainable blue economy conference that will be
attended by world leaders, policymakers, investors and green
Over 500 mayors and
governors from around the world have been invited.
Nanok said that
Kenyan county executives will be looking for strategic investors
to help develop their nascent blue economy that is key to
achieving sustainable development, peace and stability.
“There is need to
utilize the potential in our waterways and achieve the
transformation agenda outlined in the Big Four pillars on food
security and manufacturing,” said Nanok.
Kenya has borrowed
successive models elsewhere to enhance its capacity to tap into
opportunities presented by the blue economy.
principal secretary for foreign affairs, said that policy and
institutional structures are in place to promote Kenya as an
investments hub in oceans and land-based fresh water resources.
“We are in a better
position to deliver on the benefits accruing from exploitation
of large water bodies,” Macharia said, adding that Kenya has
prioritized action on ocean pollution and illegal fishing to
promote growth of blue economy.