Kenya, Canada to work together to tap Maritime resources effectively

PHOTO/COURTESY: Kenya High Commission

Canada on Tuesday pledged to work hand in hand with Kenya in exploring new opportunities arising from maritime resources during the second day of the Blue Economy Summit.

According to a delegation led by the Canadian Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada will collaborate with Kenya to utilize maritime assets accordingly. Similarly, Minister Wilkinson reiterated that the North American country will assist Kenya in maintaining and enforcing the country’s maritime security.

The proposal was made when President Kenyatta held a meeting with the Canadian delegation to thank their country for co-hosting the ongoing Sustainable Blue Economy Conference.

President Kenyatta welcomed the offer by the Canadian delegation for more partnership and further urged Canada to consider working with Kenya in developing the fishing sector, where Kenya has huge but untapped potential.

On the other hand, President Kenyatta also held a meeting with Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation, Isabella Lövin, who congratulated Kenya for convening and hosting the blue economy conference.

President Kenyatta and the Swedish minister proceeded to discuss Kenya’s push to achieve the two-thirds gender representation in elective positions, the building bridges initiative and cooperation between the two countries.

In addition, Minister Lovin reassured the Head of State that Sweden was keen to cooperate with Kenya in order to better the use of renewable energy and social security programmes.

The President similarly invited Sweden to support the Inua Jamii programme, a cash transfer initiative that targets the disabled and elderly Kenyans aged over 70 years. After the meetings inside the Kenyatta International Convention Center, President Kenyatta, accompanied by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, toured exhibition stands where he interacted with the entrepreneurs in the blue economy.

The three-day Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, which started on November 26, has been attended by several Heads of State and almost 18,000 delegates.

Kenya, Canada and Japan have convened the conference which is scheduled to conclude today.



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