Lamu Governor Fahim Yassin Twaha will chair a newly created technical Committee on Blue Economy.
The Lamu Governor was among the 12 Governors elected to head the Council of Governor’s (CoG) Committees during its leadership elections held today.
Governor Fahim will now shepherd the Blue Growth Agenda, between Counties and National government, specifically the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and employment.
Speaking after the elections, Governor Fahim said his Committee will aim to bring governments, private sector and key stakeholders together with a view to restructuring long standing legacy policies to create sustainable solutions for the local and national fishery sector.
He added that as a Lamu and Coast leader, he understood first-hand the impact the region could have in the national and global economy.
“Lamu as a fishing hub produces over 3500MT of fish annually, and 70% of the national crustacean (lobsters, crabs) catch in Kenya. It makes no sense that our smallholder fishermen continue to weather tough socio-economic conditions, similarly for fishermen nationally.”
And added: “In the immediate phase, we will need to move fast and establish ways to uplift fishermen that have continued to face reduced incomes, unemployment and an upsurge in poverty levels due to the pandemic.”
The development comes as Kenya prioritizes to reposition Blue Economy growth as an enabler of the Vision 2030 economic blueprint.
It is estimated that Kenya’s Blue Economy, and its 142,400 square kilometre Exclusive Economic Zone has the capacity to contribute three times its current share of Gross Domestic Product, if well utilised.
In 2018, Kenya hosted Africa’s first Sustainable Blue Economy conference in Nairobi in 2018, to cement its commitment to the Agenda.
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