Kenya to boost maritime security

Focus on training for maritime workers.

Kenya pledges to strengthen maritime safety, security

Kenya’s very first National Maritime Conference kicked off in Nairobi on Monday with government vowing to strengthen maritime safety and security to help exploit maritime resources.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who opened the two-day conference also called for closer cooperation, and effective coordination of all maritime policy at the different decision- making levels both at regional and continental levels.

“Given that the maritime industry is the carrier of 92 percent of our international trade by volume, and given the importance of international trade to our prosperity, the choice of investment was prudent too,” he said.

Kenyatta said a special focus must be put on training so that the country’s maritime skills match the infrastructure being developed to exploit maritime resources. He said that a public university will soon start to offer training in maritime studies.

He asked Transport, Labor, Education and the National Treasury Cabinet Secretaries to put in place measures that will ensure the country’s youth are equipped with skills that will enable them to take advantage of the maritime industry.

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