By Patrick Chiriba and Ian Kiptoo
The second edition of the Blue Economy Investment and Innovation Summit concluded yesterday at Sote Hub, Nyali, amidst the backdrop of heavy rain in Mombasa.
The main summit, a flagship event within the week-long series, was opened by the Slovak Ambassador to Kenya, Katarína Leligdonova, signifying international participation and support for the blue economy’s growth and innovation in Kenya.
The day featured insightful speeches from prominent figures and a pivotal panel discussion that delved deep into the intricacies of the blue economy.
The panel discussion, a key highlight of the day, covered various aspects, including skills development, investment opportunities, digitization, and government involvement in the blue economy.
By Shirley Wandera & Ian Kiptoo
Hervé Berville, the French Minister of the Seas, also known as “Ministre français de la Mer,” took center stage in an exclusive masterclass on the Blue Economy for the youth at Swahili Pot Hub in Mombasa.
Minister Berville not only shared his deep expertise but also engaged with the young minds, underscoring the critical importance of the blue economy in today’s world and how it holds the key to a sustainable maritime future.
He passionately encouraged advocacy against human activities that harm marine biodiversity and urged the youth in Mombasa to assume a leadership role in preserving the ocean.
By Shirley Wandera
The Blue Economy Knowledge Share Fair, done in collaboration with the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) and the ECOFISH Programme, kicked off yesterday at the SunAfrica Hotel, Nyali, Mombasa.
The event was graced by various dignitaries, including stakeholders in the maritime and fisheries sector, hosted by Mombasa County Governor Abdulswamad Shariff Nasir.
According to historical records, the first synthetic plastic was created in 1907, revolutionizing the manufacturing industry. Since then, the production of plastics has increased significantly, with consumer demand driving innovation and expansion in the industry.
Despite their popularity, plastics have been found to have negative effects on the environment and human health. They are not biodegradable, which means they can take hundreds of years to break down. Additionally, they release harmful chemicals when they degrade, contaminating soil and water.
As concern over the impact of plastics on the environment
The Permanent Secretary State Department of Shipping and Maritime, Mr. Shadrack Mwadime has urged the youth in the Coastal region to be aggressive in taking opportunities in the shipping and maritime industry.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Blue Radio, Mr. Mwadime noted the numerous job opportunities in the blue economy specifically for seafarers.
The PS mentioned that the increase in the number of institutions offering seafarers courses, such as Bandari Maritime Academy, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, Technical University of Mombasa, and Pioneer University gives youth an opportunity that they need to actively explore.