Develop smart solutions to unlock the blue economy; President Kenyatta Tells African States

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged African countries to come together and develop smart solutions that unlock the blue economy while protecting the health and sustainability of the oceans.

His Excellency called for regional and global collaboration in developing a common position to tackle ocean-related threats and challenges and sustainably utilize the ocean's opportunities.

The President, who was the chief guest during the second edition of the "Growing Blue" International Blue Economy Conference in Mozambique, proposed for the implementation of a coordinated structure for knowledge and data sharing, increased development financing towards sustainable ocean practices and strengthening of the link between a sustainable ocean economy and security.

The conference, which was opened by President Filipe Nyusi of the Republic of Mozambique, builds up from the first "Growing Blue" Conference held in Maputo, Mozambique, in 2019.

While calling for smart management of ocean resources for sustainable development, President Kenyatta indicated that African countries have underutilized the resources despite huge potential in the blue economy.

The President urged African countries to harness the enormous marine resources they have to unlock the considerable potential of the Blue Economy, especially during the post-Covid era, while protecting ocean’ health for sustainable development.

The two heads of state pointed out the indiscriminate dumping of plastic waste in the oceans, threatening fish populations, thus affecting food security for millions of people and the economy and the constant threat to the oceans' ability to mitigate climate change.

“Unfortunately, ladies and gentlemen, human action has put the Ocean systems under immense stress. We dump more than eight million tons of plastics into our ocean each year.

We are threatening the stability of fish populations through Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, and we are altering and destroying marine ecosystems through the dumping of toxic waste into our oceans,” President Kenyatta said.

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