Kenya And Canada To Cooperate In The Maritime Sector

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President Kenyatta with Canadian Minister of Fisheries, Oceans & Canadian Coast Guard. PHOTO: PSCU

The Sustainable Blue Economy Conference ended today.

Attendees of the conference agreed to take advantage of the potential of their oceans, seas, lakes as well as levering the power of disruptive technologies and scientific inventions to ensure economic success and conserve water for future generation.

Among the high-level participants in this year’s  Blue Economy conference is Canada whose delegation was led by Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard.

President Kenyatta held discussions with the Canadian delegation.
PHOTO: PSCU

The Minister noted that he is willing to work with Kenya to improve cooperation in the Maritime sector, especially maritime security.

Canada is a leader in the Maritime Industry. The North American country generated $3.1B sale revenues and 11,100 direct full-time employment attributable to 314 businesses in this sector.

While Kenya’s Coast Guard was recently launched, the Canadian Coast Guard was formed in 1962 and boasts of  119 vessels of varying sizes and 22 helicopters, along with a variety of smaller craft.

President Kenyatta acknowledged the opportunity to work with Canada’s to take advantage of an industry that moves toward higher value and more sophisticated segments of the market, and which emphasizes on the quality of the equipment that goes into a new vessel as well as security in international waters.

Canada, on the other hand, wants Kenya’s help in alleviating piracy activities along the Coast of East Africa.

The Somali pirates on the MV Faina. The Belize-flagged cargo ship owned and operated by Kaalbye Shipping, Ukraine, was seized by pirates September 25, 2008 and forced to proceed to anchorage off the Somali Coast. The ship is carrying a cargo of Ukrainian T-72 tanks and related military equipment.

 

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