Maritime and Surveillance Conference
Maritime and Surveillance Conference

Kenya has prioritized revamping of maritime industry through investment in supportive infrastructure and manpower in order to enhance its contribution to economic growth and job creation, an official said on Tuesday.

James Macharia, cabinet secretary for transport and infrastructure, said that modernization of the maritime sector is key to boost cross border trade, manufacturing and fisheries.

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“We are paying attention to the maritime sector that includes shipping given their critical role to the growth of the country’s economy and job creation,” said Macharia.

He spoke at a regional forum on mainstreaming the maritime sector in the sustainability agenda that was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in conjunction with International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Senior policymakers and experts from the greater horn of the African region are attending the two days forum to explore innovative measures required to revitalize the growth of the maritime industry.

Macharia said that Kenya has partnered with multilateral organizations to come up with strategies that can hasten the revival of its maritime industry and position the country as a blue economy hub.

“A strong maritime and shipping industry will enable us to harness the full potential of our oceans and inland water bodies to transform lives of communities,” said Macharia.

Kenya has developed robust policy and legislative frameworks to spur the revival of its maritime industry and integrate it into the national development blueprint.

Nancy Karigithu, principal secretary in the State Department for Shipping and Maritime, said the government has set aside funds to support the modernization of ports and ensure there is seamless cross-border trade in goods and services.

“Our maritime policies that are aligned with national development agenda focus on sustainable exploitation of fisheries, offshore clean energy and establishment of industries to create new jobs and grow the economy,” said Karigithu.

She said that Kenya has rallied behind regional and continental initiatives aimed at facilitating the growth of the maritime industry. Enditem.

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