As part of ongoing sustained Government efforts to reposition the Blue Economy as a key driver of our nation's economy, His Excellency the President has announced the following measures aimed at boosting the Fisheries Sector:
- The ongoing re-development of Liwatoni Fish Landing Site into a modern Fishing Port will be complete by March 2021;
- With the completion of the Liwatoni Fishing Port in March 2021, all fishing vessels operating in Kenyan waters will be required to land their catch at Kenyan Ports. Fishing vessels found to be in contravention of this requirement will have their licenses revoked;
- As a value addition measure, His Excellency the President has directed the National Treasury to release funds for the construction of an ultra-modern Tuna fish factory at the Liwatoni Fishing Port;
- By June 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries has undertaken to have trained 1,000 Kenyan fishermen who will be absorbed by vessels operating in Kenyan waters;
- His Excellency the President has encouraged investors interested in the country's expanding Blue Economy to take advantage of the reforms in the sector by investing in Kenya.
The measures follow a meeting convened today at State House, Mombasa by His Excellency the President and attended by Cabinet Secretaries Ukur Yattani (National Treasury), Peter Munya (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries) and James Macharia (Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works).
The meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Blue Economy Prof Micheni Ntiba.
Kanze Dena Mararo