NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to focus on the blue economy in order
to achieve prosperity for its people, an official said on
principal secretary in the ministry of foreign affairs, told
journalists in Nairobi that for the last 50 years Kenya has
focused on the brown economy and neglected the oceans and seas.
“We need to build
the capability of those living in the oceans and sea so that
they can exploit opportunities that exist in the blue economy,”
Kamau said during a ceremony where Qatar gave a donation of some
500,000 U.S. dollars towards the hosting of the High Level
Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy which will take place
from Nov. 26 to 28.
The outcome of the
conference is expected to form part of the global conversation
on sustainable development of the blue economy.
Kamau said that
Kenya has faced many challenges in trying to exploit its marine
resources despite having a sea front that is 1,000 kilometers
He noted that over
80 percent of fish products consumed locally come from lakes and
rivers with the remainder from the oceans.
“We have not been
able to exploit our own oceans so that we ensure that at least
90 percent of proteins come from the oceans and seas like other
countries,” he added.
Kamau said that
beyond fish there are many other resources such as minerals in
the ocean that can create wealth and employment opportunities
According to the
government official, preparations for the High Level Conference
on Sustainable Blue Economy are now complete.
“We are now working
on the logistics of the conference and matters of execution of
the program itself,” he added.
Kenya expects about
190 countries to participate, out of which 129 have confirmed so
far with about three weeks to go.
In addition, Kamau
said that in the next few days all those who registered through
the United Nations are expected to come on board the conference.
He revealed that at
the moment 4,200 participants have signed up with another 2,000
expected to register in the next few days.
UN urges Kenya to partner with
private sector on non-communicable disease
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The United Nations on Tuesday urged Kenya to
partner with the private sector to combat non-communicable
the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for
Kenya, told a health forum in Nairobi that public-private
partnerships are critical because conditions such as
hypertension cardio-vascular diseases and diabetes are now a
major threat to public health.
partner with the private sector who have the crucial technology,
innovation and finance to help the country combat the
non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” Chatterjee said during the
Healthy Heart Africa Program’s four year anniversary and high
level panel session on leveraging public-private partnerships to
integrate NCDs prevention and control in primary health care.
Chatterjee said that
the cost of treating NCDs in Kenya could bankrupt the
state-owned National Hospital Insurance Fund, if the country
does not prioritize preventive steps to fight the NCDs.
He said that the
private sector should be incentivized to inject financial
technology and innovation to complement government efforts to
promote a healthy nation.
that public finance is not sufficient to prevent and treat the
entire population, adding that the best outcome in the health
sector is achieved through a blended finance mechanism.
He observed that the
UN is currently building capacity at the county level to
co-create with other stakeholders high-impact and best
value-for-money health programs.
health must be owned by government and must have a return on
investment so that it is sustainable,” Chatterjee said.
He noted that Kenya
is likely to achieve universal health care in the next four
years because it has so far demonstrated political will to
achieve the objective.
Rashid Abdi Aman,
the chief administrative secretary in the ministry of health,
said that public-private partnerships will accelerate the
country’s goal to reduce risks associated with NCDs and promote
interventions to prevent and control them.
Aman noted that
government’s vision seeks to use inclusive and collective multi-sectoral
interventions to attain a 25 percent reduction in premature
deaths from NCDs by 2020.
He noted that NCDs
have now emerged as the second biggest killers in Kenya after
HIV/AIDS, with cardiovascular diseases and diabetes cases rising
Kenya participation at China
import expo to boost trade: envoy
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The first China International Import Expo (CIIE)
which runs from Nov. 5 to 10 in Shanghai offers a platform for
Kenya to boost its trade with the Asian country, said Li Xuhang,
charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Kenya.
“It will be a good
opportunity for Kenya to showcase agricultural products to the
Chinese market during the expo that will be one of a kind. Kenya
has quality farm produce that should be known by consumers in
China,” said Li.
He spoke in Nairobi
during a briefing attended by senior Kenyan policymakers,
lawmakers, scholars and media representatives ahead of the
Kenyatta will lead a delegation of horticulture farmers and
entrepreneurs to the expo where nine companies will showcase
products covering a range of areas like agriculture, financial
services, tourism and healthcare.
Li said the import
expo that seeks to encourage the import of foreign goods into
the Chinese market will present an opportunity for Kenya to
boost its volume of goods and services traded with the world’s
second largest economy.
“The import expo
will also be a good opportunity for Kenya to promote its tourism
and investment opportunities,” said Li.
Guo Ce, Economic and
Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, said the
East African Nation will showcase its heritage as well as unique
agricultural products like flowers, coffee, black tea and nuts
at the pavilion.
welcome Kenyan exhibitors to take part in CIIE. We believe this
is a good beginning for Kenya’s advantageous products to explore
the Chinese market and expand its exports to China,” said Guo.