Ambassador Vincent O’Neill represented the Irish Embassy at yesterday’s launch of the Revival of Kenya’s Blue Economy and commissioning of the Kenya Coast Guard at Mombasa port yesterday.
Speaking at the launch of the newly formed Kenya Coast Guard Service at Liwatoni in Mombasa, President Uhuru said it will help increase efficiency in protection of maritime resources.
“It will enforce security, safety, and protection of Kenya’s maritime resources,” the President said.
‘Our people and our country are not yet benefitting from our marine resources. Our blue economy contributes only 2.5% of our GDP. This could increase 3 fold.’
— Vincent O’Neill (@VincentONIRL) November 19, 2018
Brigadier Vincent Loonena was appointed as the pioneer Director General of the Kenya Coast Guard Service last Thursday. He will oversee the protection of the country’s waters against dumping of harmful wastes and pollutants, search and rescue services, and the arrest of illegal fishermen.
Among those who accompanied Uhuru were Deputy President William Ruto, Mombasa governor Hassan Joho, Leader of Majority Aden Duale, Tourism CS Najib Balala and Interior’s Dr Fred Matiang’i.
Ireland are also supporting next week’s Blue Economy 2018 Conference in Nairobi with a delegation led by Minister for Trade, Business and Employment Pat Breen.