Blue Economy Sector is Essential- President Ruto

The government will unlock the potential of the blue economy at the coast through infrastructure development among other programs. This it ascertains will assist in the provision of jobs that will, in turn, empower the communities around.

President William Ruto said the government will make investments that will create jobs for those at the bottom of the economic pyramid. From the improvement of the zones through the blue economy there will be an increment in revenue and opportunities for the youth.

Fishermen will be equipped and provided with skills and techniques to enable them to venture into deep-sea fishing. Fishing is a productive revenue income-generating job that also provides food for the people involved.

“In order to align the undeniable opportunities in the Blue Economy, we must invest the capital available where it will create the most jobs: at the bottom of the pyramid,” he said.

In order to align the undeniable opportunities in the Blue Economy, we must invest the capital available where it will create the most jobs: at the bottom of the pyramid

The President emphasized that the government has demonstrated its commitment to the blue economy agenda by establishing an exclusive ministry dedicated to its affairs. One that will enable empowering of the sector to greater thresholds that will be for the greater good.

Illegal and unregulated fishing, which is destroying marine ecosystems in the country, will be looked into and controlled if not stopped for growth.

The President spoke during the launch of Community Grants at Liwatoni Fisheries Complex, Mombasa County that will ensure the growth of the blue economy sector.

An event that saw up to Sh321 Million given to 142 community groups to benefit 20,000 people in the five participating counties, Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi, Tana River, and Lamu as frontiers of the blue economy.

Present were Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Cabinet Secretaries Salim Mvurya, Moses Kuria, Florence Bore, Governor Abdulswamad Nassir (Mombasa), Fatuma Achani (Kwale), Gideon Mung’aro (Kilifi), Dhadho Godhana (Tana River), Issa Timamy (Lamu), and Christine Kilalo (DG Taita Taveta)

Mr. Gachagua urged that the government will deliver on its pledges especially uplifting those at the lower echelons of the economic pyramid. This he insisted was their plan and will have to be put into place for the Kenyans’ greater good.

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