KENYAN GOVT TO LEVERAGE ON TICAD SUMMIT TO TAP MARITIME RESOURCES

The Kenyan government, which is hosting the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) here this weekend, plans to leverage on the summit to tap its maritime resources, says Agriculture Cabinet Secretary (Minister) Willy Bet.

Kenya is keen to harness its Blue Economy resources to drive development, create jobs and boost food security, he says, noting that Kenya has a number of aquatic resources which offer great potential to contribute to the development of the economy.

The country is strategically placed on the Indian Ocean and has several large lakes, among them Lakes Turkana, Victoria, Naivasha and Baringo and thus, fisheries has potential to inject more than 245 billion shillings (about 2.42 billion US dollars) annually into the economy, he adds.

The country is keen to tap ideas emerging at TICAD VI which will be held on Saturday and Sunday so as to fully utilize its marine resources, says Bet, who notes that the Blue Economy has been touted as the next frontier for development.

He adds, however, that co-ordination among departments and ministries as well as the private sector is needed to harness marine resources to drive development, create jobs and boost food security.

The government is in keen on growing fisheries, aquaculture, minerals, energy, transport and trade and marine biotechnology, he told a pre-TICAD meeting on “Embracing the Blue Economy ffor Accelerated Development in Africa” here Thursday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK