Funded by the European Union with a budget of EUR 8 million, the project “Institutional Support to the Kenyan Transport Sector” (ISKTS) destined to the Kenyan Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development & Public Works is being implemented from 2017 to 2023.
The general objective of the project, of which this contract is part, is to contribute to an accelerated and inclusive economic growth, thus reducing poverty, via a more efficient and at the same time sustainable transport sector. In that regard, one of the project’s components includes the development of the blue economy. Kenya’s coastal and marine environment is endowed with rich natural resources, which are of immense social and cultural value to the coastal region inhabitants and the nation at large. Yet, although their environmental and cultural value is undeniable, the resources also have massive economic potential. Blue Economy objectives in the context of Kenya prioritise the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health.
The impact of the development of the BMA is expected to increase skills and improve human capital in the field of the blue economy, as well as increase awareness about sustainability of oceans and coastal regions. Therefore, NTU aims at promoting the blue economy in all its aspects, which include Maritime Transport and Logistics; Fisheries, Aquaculture and Mariculture; Marine Tourism; Offshore Oil and Gas; Safety and Security; and Maritime Domain Awareness. It is estimated that the blue economy, if used properly, has the potential to inject up to 4.8 billion US dollars to Kenya’s economy and create over 52,000 jobs in the next 10 years. This, combined with a sustainable approach, should make a difference in the protection of maritime ecosystems.
Group photo, Ms. Nancy W. Karigithu, CBS, the Permanent Secretary State Department Shipping & Maritime (Second from right sitting) in a group photo with participants after opening the Internal stakeholders’ Workshop on the preparation of the Bandari Maritime Academy (BMA) Strategic Plan at City Blue Hotel, Mombasa, 18-21 February 2020.
One of the Participants Presenting Group work in the Plenary, Blue City Hotel Mombasa 17-21 Feb 2020