Ruto meets Canadian High Commissioner, announces areas of partnership

Ruto meets Canadian High Commissioner, announces areas of partnership

By Peter Ochieng

President William Ruto on Wednesday held talks with Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya, Christopher Thornley who paid him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.

A dispatch from State House said the Head of State commended the Canadian government for its positive role in supporting Kenya’s Blue Economy sector.

He called for more Canadian private-sector participation, through public-private partnerships.

“The Blue Economy exploits stand at Sh12 billion but can increase to between Sh120 billion and Sh180 billion,” said the Head of State.

On his part, Commissioner Thornley said Canada will continue working with Kenya on areas of mutual interest.

In late 2022, the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) held a 4-day international conference on Blue Economy, in Kisumu.

Speaking during the opening of the Aquatic Resources and Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), Salim Mvurya, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs said the Kenyan government was developing a national integrated maritime policy aimed at safeguarding the country’s interests in the Blue Economy sector.

He said the policy will address the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the key sector.

“To strengthen sustainable utilization of its blue economy resources for shared prosperity, the government of Kenya has established frameworks to oversee the commercialization of the priority sectors. The state department of maritime and shipping is leading the development of a National Integrated Maritime Policy, while the Kenya Coast Guard Service is strengthening maritime domain awareness through increased monitoring and surveillance in our territorial waters and Exclusive Economic Zone.”

The Indian Ocean, Lake Naivasha, Lake Turkana and Lake Victoria are some of Kenya’s key blue economy resources.

During his two-day working tour of the Luo Nyanza region covering Homabay, Kisumu and Siaya Counties, President Ruto promised to partner with devolved units in fast-tracking development initiatives.

Some of the areas he touched on is the Blue Economy sector.

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