Kinyua extends term of Blue Economy Implementation Committee
Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua has extended the term of the Blue Economy Implementation Committee to 30th June this year to allow it to finalize its work.
The committee that was set up in January last year to co-coordinate and oversee the implementation of the prioritized programmes.
The activities of the blue economy include harvesting of living resources such as sea food and marine biotechnology, extraction of non-living resources (seabed mining), and generation of new resources (energy and fresh water). Kenya has only focused on fisheries both for domestic and export markets.
Through the gazette notice, President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed the Chief of Defense Forces Samson Mwathethe to chair the Blue Economy implementation Committee.
The eight members Committee submits monthly reports to the President on the progress of implementation. In the committee are Principal Secretaries in the State Department for Fisheries, State Department for Maritime and Shipping Affairs, National Treasury, State Department for Transport and the PS at the State Department for Environment.
Other members of the team include the Senior Advisor, International Relations and Social Sector, Executive Office of the President Ruth Kagia; Economic Advisor, Executive Office of the President, Dr. Eric Aligula; and Secretary, Kenya International Boundaries Office, Juster Nkoroi.
According to the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPRA) fisheries account for only about 0.5 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and generate employment for over two million Kenyans through fishing, boat building, equipment repair, fish processing, and other ancillary activities.
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