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Kisumu to host top-level Maritime Summit

Kisumu County will host a top level maritime summit to advance its many investment opportunities in the Blue Economy, following the recent government’s intensified operations at the Lake Victoria port.

The conference is poised to tremendously enhance the lakeside county and its neighbourhood economic diversification drive and position Kisumu as a maritime hub.

Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and the Shipping and Maritime PS Dr. Nancy Karigithu will spearhead the experts’ discussions under the theme, ‘Enhancing Maritime Opportunities.’

Prof. Nyong’o described the summit as a cornerstone event where experts and leaders from the partnering organizations would share imaginative ideas that would be incorporated in bettering the maritime industry.

The event will be held at the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary on Tuesday, 26th October 2021.

The summit will also feature other partners including the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), Kenya National Shipping Line Limited (KNSL), and Kisumu Lakefront Development Corporation (KLDC) amongst others.

Among the guests expected to speak at the event are Dr. Edward Ouko, Chairman KLDC, Juvenal Shiundu, Chairman KNSL, and John Omingo, Director Maritime Trade and Investments at KMA.

In similar efforts to hasten growth in the sector, the county in collaboration with various state agencies, the private sector and development partners rolled out an action plan that targets to address challenges affecting the lake ecosystem.

The aim is to enhance benefits and sustainability as well as harness the Blue Economy opportunities and resources on Lake Victoria.

The five-year master plan outlines 14 key pillars that focus on the protection of water towers, environmental protection and management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, lake transport, fishing and aquaculture.

By Robert Ojwang’ 

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