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Go-Blue Economy On Track As 120 Youth Graduate

As 120 young people graduate, the Go-Blue Economy is on track.

If the graduation of the first 120 youth trainees in Taita Taveta County is any indication, Kenya’s Go Blue Economy is on track.

The graduation ceremony was held at Voi Vocational Training Centre (VVTC) on Monday. Hence, a powerful reminder that the national government is keeping its promise of delivering development to coastal counties. An accomplishment through partnering, training, and mentoring local youth into industrial and marine experts.

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The 120 young people who wore their graduation gowns and square hats were overjoyed because they were now fully equipped with hard and soft skills to contribute to the Jumuia ya Kaunti za Pwani umbrella economy.

The trainees had gone through rigorous training in the areas of marine security, hospitality, vessel repair, and tourism. The bridge to creating a bluer economy by tapping into the massive Indian Ocean resources as well as the six coastal counties’ other offshore water and land endowments.

Speaking at the graduation, Taita Taveta County Governor and current chair of Jumuia ya Kaunti za Pwani Granton Samboja stated that, a development that benefits ordinary citizens can be achieved through collaboration and exploitation of local resources.

A fisherman on the shores of the Indin Ocean, Lamu.

“It is clear that meaningful development that benefits the citizens is achievable through collaboration and coordinated mobilization of local resources. And the national government has set the tone for such collaboration. We are pleased that the fruits are visible here today,” said Governor Samboja.

Kenya’s Blue Economy Strategy adheres to a global blueprint that seeks to exploit marine and maritime resources to support development projects that benefit the local population by creating value-added products and services and creating job opportunities for the youth.

Kenya’s Go Blue Economy blueprint aims to establish local, regional, national, and global collaborations in capacity building, training and incubating local talent, and creating a network of opportunities for locals.

So far, the initiative has brought the Kenyan government, the German Corporation (GIZ), the European Union, Go Blue, Jumuia ya Kaunti za Pwani, and Kapyei together to forge a partnership to entice local participation. 

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The fishing industry, which currently employs over two million people directly and indirectly, is at the top of the development agenda.

The Go Blue Economy will play a critical role in streamlining and formalizing the sector, which will result in the creation of jobs, revenue generation, and increased food security in the region and country.

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