ADDRESS BY THE CABINET SECRETARY MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE,
HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT MR JAMES MACHARIA, EGH DURING THE OPENING OF THE 26TH INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MARITIME ECONOMISTS (IAME) AT PRIDEINN HOTEL ON 12THSEPTEMBER 2018.
UNCTAD Secretary General Dr. MukhisaKituyi,
Mombasa Governor H.E Hon. Hassan Joho,
Belgium Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Nicolas Nihon,
IAME President Dr. Jan Hoffman,
Principal Secretaries present,
KPA Acting Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku,
PMAESA Acting Secretary General Col. Andre Ciseau,
KMA Acting Director General Mr. George Macgoye,
Vice Chancellors present,
Distinguished delegates, participants,
Members of the fourth estate,
Ladies and Gentlemen
Good morning, Hamjambo!,
am pleased to welcome you all to this beautiful Port City of Mombasa.
For our visitors from abroad, once again, welcome to Kenya.
am delighted to note that the 26th International Association of
Maritime Economists (IAME) Conference, is being held in Africa for the
first time. This significant development, underscores and supports
Kenya's and indeed Africa's fervent efforts in promoting policies geared
towards optimal development of the Blue Economy. Africa's "Blue word"
is made of vast lakes and rivers and an extensive ocean resource base
with 39 out of 55 African countries or 70 percent being coastal or
islands. The Blue Economy can therefore play a major role in Africa's
structural transformation, sustainable economic progress, and social
development. But these resources are vastly untapped.
Ladies and gentlemen,
we commence four-days of deliberations on one of the largest sectors
comprising the most untapped world economies – the Blue economy. The
expectations on the outcomes of this conference are very high. I have
looked at the array of speakers that are lined up, as well as the wide
range of topics set for discussion, and I am upbeat in my certainty that
all speakers, facilitators and participants are rearing to share their
knowledge freely, and that that knowledge will inform and help shape
very sound and attainable resolutions.
Conference is indeed historic, coming as it does, during a time when
Africa has entered into a new phase of heightened efforts towards
catalyzing development of the continent and strengthening African
integration and unity. Indeed these process can be evidenced in two key
developments the first phase being the formulation of three key
. · The African Maritime Transport Charter, 2010;
· The 2050 Africa's Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM-Strategy); and
· Agenda 2063. Which
has an interface with the UN Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development.
All of these policy documents are aimed at maximizing regional and
international trade through partnerships and cooperation.
other development is The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)
signed by the African heads of state at a meeting that was in Kigali, Rwanda in March 2018. Signed among all 55 members of the African Union, the AfCTA is the outcome of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement and when fully ratified, the agreement will result in the largest free-trade area in terms of participating countries, since the formation of the World Trade Organization.
The agreement initially requires members to remove tariffs from
90% of goods, allowing free access to commodities, goods, and services
across the continent. It is expected that the agreement will boost
intra-African trade by 52 percent by 2022. This will be complimented by
the African Union (AU), ambitious but realistic plans to implement new
cabotage laws to empower the continent's maritime transport industry
under the AIMS 2050.
the sustainable harnessing of ocean resources has now been recognized
as the new frontier of African renaissance. The United Nations
Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has offered a step by step
guide on how African countries can realize the full potential of marine
opportunities. It is encouraging to note that several African countries
such as Mauritius, the Seychelles, South Africa and Madagascar, have
formulated strategies to mainstream the blue economy in their national
economic development programmes.
home Kenya the Government is focusing on exploitation of the blue
economy with emphasis on sustainable economic growth and achievement of
her blueprint for national development, Vision 2030. In this regard the
Government mainstreamed the maritime sector into national economic
planning. Under the "Big Four Economic Development Agenda" four key
pillars have been prioritized which comprise of the following four key
● Enhancing Manufacturing sector to contribute 20 per cent to the GDP.
● 100 per cent Food Security and Nutrition, commitment.
● 100 per cent Universal Health Coverage; and
● Affordable Housing.
Global Blue economy
Ladies and Gentlemen;
term "Blue Economy" or "Blue Growth" has surged into common policy
usage globally, and discussions have accelerated since "Rio+20", the
20thanniversary of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable
Development (UNCSD), held in Rio de Janeiro, in June 2012.
has since been widely appreciated that a "Blue Economy" approach to
sustainable growth usually recognizes different use and non-use values
of Ocean and other "blue" resources, consequently, promoting the
coordination of relevant activities and industries to enhance the
Distinguished Participants, Ladies & Gentlemen
the scope of the Blue Economy may differ for different countries, it is
generally agreed that the appropriate use and conservation of marine,
inland aquatic and coastal resources can contribute immensely to food
security, job & wealth creation, as well as inclusive and
sustainable socio-economic growth.
against the wide range of economic opportunities available, the
challenge today remains how all these activities and industries can be
coordinated and the resources managed so that the Blue Economy can bring
about the maximum benefits to society in an inclusive and sustainable
manner. It is significant therefore, to note that the theme of the
conference "Sustainable Maritime Ports, Logistics Industries in emerging Economies: Towards a path of Blue Growth" has encompassed all the key players whose roles and contributions are complementary and critical to blue growth. Among the participants in this venue are a mixed wealth of knowledge and solutions from scholars
from multiple disciplines in both developed and emerging economies;
public and private practitioners, policy makers and implementers all
with varied and rich experience on the Blue Economy and how
to optimize its potential into sustainable blue growth, seasoned in how
to turn these experiences, knowledge and learning into planning and
2. Between scholars, practitioners and policy makers in the field of Blue Growth.
invite you therefore to give free rein to our thoughts and imagination,
to share freely without inhibition, and to make the next four days a
marathon learning experience. In tis I say that you are in the home of
the world's best marathon runners - sorry I amend that … the home of the
worlds marathon winners. Because everybody runs the marathon but only
As I close my
remarks, allow me to avail myself of this opportunity to announce to you
all that the Republic of Kenya will be hosting the Global Conference on
Sustainable Blue Economy from 26th to 28th November, 2018 in Nairobi.
The goal of the Conference will be to have action-oriented discussions
pertaining to a blue economy strategy that is people-centric with
ocean-centric investments. The Conference will be preparatory to the
2020 Oceans Conference that Kenya will be Co-Hosting with Portugal and
will include all UN Member states; United Nations Funds, Programmes and
Specialized Agencies; Ministers of Oceans, Seas and Environment,
Ministers of Economy; Ministers of Tourism' Regional Economic and
Financial Institutions; Private Sector; Shipping Industries and
Associations; as well as Mayors and Governors of Ocean/Lake facing
Cities. You are all welcome to participate in this important Conference
as we prepare for Portugal.
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