Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday hosted a session with countries sponsoring the forthcoming Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, Kenya’s inaugural ocean economy summit.
Canada and Japan who are co-hosting the three-day event which begins on November 26 with support from a number of countries including the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.
Yesterday, Irish Ambassador Dr Vincent O’Neill joined an event hosted by the Kenyan Foreign Office to announce financial contributions to next week’s Blue Economy 2018 conference in Nairobi.
On behalf of Irish Aid, the Ambassador handed over a cheque for Ksh 11,613,850 to Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Monica Juma and Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko.
Speaking at yesterday’s event, CS Juma thanked the “international fraternity of nations” for their “overwhelming support”.
“We have shown the world that no challenge is too great when a common goal bounds us all,” she added.
In the build-up to next week’s conference, President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled the Kenya Coast Guard Service, a newly formed security contingent tasked with protecting Kenya’s territorial waters on Monday.
The service stationed at Liwatoni in Mombasa is seen as critical to ongoing efforts to revitalize Kenya’s blue economy which currently contributes a mere 2.5 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product. Estimates show that the country currently loses Ksh10 billion annually as a result of illegal fishing.