Addis Ababa April 12, 2022 (Walta) – Kenya is keen to work with Ethiopia to sustainably utilize the potential of the blue economy to accelerate the national development of both countries, Kenya’s Blue Economy Sector Coordinator, Dr. Francis O. Owino.
The blue economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs while maintaining the health of the ocean ecosystem, according to the World Bank.
Studies indicate that Africa is rich in ocean and marine resources that can be used to accelerate the economies of the continent.
In this regard, Kenya is one of the East African countries that has better experiences in utilizing the sector, especially for tourism.
In an exclusive interview with ENA, Kenya’s Blue Economy Sector Coordinator Dr. Francis O. Owino said his country is willing to work in collaboration with Ethiopia and other countries towards to use the resources of the oceans and seas for economic development.
Noting that Ethiopia is endowed with various historical and natural tourist attractions, Owino said the Ethiopian government’s efforts to expand tourist destinations will help strengthen the blue economy sector.
According to information obtained from the Ministry of Transport and Logistics, activities are being carried out by Ethiopia to utilize the blue economic sector.
Even though Ethiopia is a landlocked country, it is taking advantage of the blue economy as a good opportunity, in line with the country’s transport and logistics policy as well as other strategies.
The blue economy is also among the key strategic areas of Ethiopia’s 10-year economic outlook plan.
The blue economy is a potential engine for growth, development and most importantly regional integration, IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu recently said.