Lamu County can create employment for hundreds of youths through increased investment and capacity building by exploiting its Blue Economy potential.
Public Works Principal Secretary (PS), Mariam El-Maawy, addressing Kenya Vision 2030 Third Medium Term Plan 2018-2022 County Consultation forum held at Lamu Fort on Monday, further said the National Government was keen on ensuring the country’s Blue Economy potential, especially within the coastal county through the building of LAPSSET, as well as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) within the devolved unit to exploit its fish processing capacity.
With the projects that the National Government is putting together in Lamu such as LAPSSET as well as a fishing port, more jobs will be created merely through the increased investment opportunity that will be created, El-Maawy stated.
She said sufficient attention has not been given to the potential that the aquatic resources can generate towards socio-economic development, especially in Lamu where fishing is still done at a small scale, yet other industries such as sports fishing can be borne out of increased investment in equipment and capacity.
Critical infrastructure like jetties, landing facilities, fishing and fish handling equipment including cooler boxes, should be provided to fishermen, in addition to training on better fishing methods, the PS stated, adding that the National Government through development partners such as LAPSSET were keen on providing such materials to fishermen.
LAPSSET Director General, Silvester Kasuku, has previously stated that the Authority will provide capacity building for fishermen rather than direct compensation for the Lamu Port.
The same sentiments were also shared by the area County Commissioner, Joseph Kanyiri, who stated that Blue Economy will benefit fishermen organized into Beach Management Units, tourism investors and those earning a living from maritime transport services.
He further said the government will build capacity so that youths can benefit from gainful employment even within the informal sector.
Source: Kenya News Agency