Susie Kitchens echoes Theresa May’s promised support for Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi

Susie Kitchens and Macharia Kamau
Deputy UK High Commissioner Susie Kitchens during her meeting with PS Macharia Kamau. Photo: Facebook/UKinKenya

Deputy High Commissioner Susie Kitchens reiterated the UK’s support for the upcoming Blue Economy Conference during discussions with Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Principal Secretary, Macharia Kamau yesterday.

In her recent visit to Kenya, British Prime Minister Theresa May had pledged to President Kenyatta that her government would contribute Ksh 32.5k towards the conference which is taking place between 26-28 November.

Blue Economy Conference Meeting
The meeting discussed the Blue Economy Conference taking place in Nairobi this November. Photo: Facebook/UKinKenya

Along with co-host Canada, Kenya is hosting this first global conference on the sustainable blue economy. Over 4,000 participants from around the world will meet to learn how to build a blue economy that:

  • Harnesses the potential of  oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states, women, youth and Indigenous peoples
  • Leverages the latest innovations, scientific advances and best practices to build prosperity while conserving our waters for future generations.

The conference will seek to capture concrete commitments and practical actions that can be taken today to help the world transition to the blue economy.

During the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London earlier this year, a number of states including the UK and Kenya signed up to the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance and Britain will also support the forthcoming conference by sharing its expertise as a world leader in ocean science and the development of new marine and maritime technologies.