Kenyan President visits Jamaica, discusses Blue Economy

Jamaica has welcomed a state visit from President Kenyatta and a delegation of Kenyan officials. Different collaborations and trade relationships were discussed, including how to grow their blue economy and boost economic partnerships.

Kenya and Jamaica are now exploring different opportunities in investment, tourism, agriculture, financial services and trade.

Four Memoranda of Understanding were signed by President Kenyatta during his visit to Kingston.

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness said: “We are equally confident that with the signing of these MoUs, the relations between our two countries will be stronger and advanced”.

Nairobi-Kingston relations can be strengthened through these discussions, especially in the area of blue economy, defined by the World Bank as the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, while preserving the health of marine and coastal ecosystem.

Kenya has been a moving force in the discussions surrounding the blue economy, and hosted the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy in November of last year.

With Jamaica’s increased focus on growing its economy while using ocean resources sustainably, and the importance of its blue economy as an island nation, these new relations may allow for a sharing of knowledge and best practices to greatly benefit both countries.

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