President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for cross-border collaboration among African nations in a bid to revive the blue economy in Africa.
Speaking during the ongoing Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, the President outlined four key areas that Kenya will focus on for the protection of aquatic resources.
“In order to succeed in the implementation of our strategies, there is a need for cross-border collaboration; our actions must be collective as action from one water body easily affects the other,” noted the President.
Among them include waste management and pollution, responsible and sustainable fishing to conserve endangered species as well as security.
“I am convinced that for the sake of the present and future generations, and for the continued viability of our ecosystems, we have to envision a different future and, therefore, a different model for the blue economy. I pledge to envision that future and do my part to promote it,” President Kenyatta said.
The president assured that his Government is taking steps to build on and expand institutional governance mechanisms that are already in place to enhance coordinated management of the blue economy.
“These include the Blue Economy Implementation Standing Committee as well as State Departments for fisheries and maritime logistics and transport,” he added.
President Kenyatta called for the world to work together to secure success in managing the global aquatic resources for sustainable global development.
Other Heads of State and Government at the conference who included, President Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique), Abdullahi Mohamed (Somalia), Dr. Ali Mohammed Shein (Zanzibar) and Danny Faure of Seychelles committed themselves to the preservation and protection of the marine resources saying if well harnessed, marine resources could contribute more than double the current global economy.
Over 18,000 participants from around the world are attending the global conference in which delegates are expected to come up with strategies to harness the potential of oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states.
The delegates will also learn how to leverage the latest innovations, scientific advances and best practices to build prosperity while conserving waters for future generations.
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