Pat Breen develops Irish-Kenyan relationships during Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi

Pat Breen and Uhuru Kenyatta
Irish Minister Pat Breen with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta during the Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/NyamburaAinkari

Irish Minister Pat Breen held a number of meetings and took part in side events during the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi yesterday.

As well as meeting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Irish Minister held a bilateral meeting with Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri who was joined by Agriculture and Fisheries Principal Secretary Micheni Ntiba.

Pat Breen in Kenya
Mwangi Kiunjuri joins Pat Breen for discussions on the challenges and opportunities in fisheries and aquaculture. Photo: Twitter/CS_Kiunjuri

Discussions focused on the challenges and opportunities in fisheries and aquaculture as well as exploring possible collaborations between Ireland and Kenya to achieve a sustainable blue economy.

Following the meeting, the pair were keynote speakers at a side event during the Blue Economy Conference.

Pat Breen in Kenya
Mwangi Kiunjuri joins Pat Breen for discussions on the challenges and opportunities in fisheries and aquaculture. Photo: Twitter/IrlEmbKenya

The side event, titled “The role of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture in ending hunger and securing food supply to promote good health and create wealth”, was sponsored by the Irish Embassy.

Pat Breen in Kenya
The side event was titled “The role of sustainable fisheries & aquaculture in ending hunger & securing food supply to promote good health & create wealth”. Photo: Twitter/IrlEmbKenya

Later, Mr Breen took part in another side event, this time exploring employment, job creation and poverty eradication.

Pat Breen in Kenya
Pat Breen takes part in a side event at the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference. Photo: Twitter/IrlEmbKenya

Yesterday afternoon, Minister Breen also held talks with Ministry of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives, Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya.

Pat Breen
The Irish contingent with Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya. Photo: Twitter/Trade_Kenya

During the meeting, he said that Kenya could learn plenty from Ireland in agriculture and value addition.

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