By Samuel Opio
President Yoweri Museveni left for Nairobi on Monday where he is expected to attend a day-long conference on sustainable blue economy.
“I Arrived in Nairobi, Kenya this morning to take part in the “Sustainable Blue Economy” conference at KICC. I thank Kenya for hosting this important summit on how we can sustainably and profitably use our water resources,” Mr Museveni twitted.
Several other presidents and heads of government across the world are already arriving in Nairobi for a conference hosted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Arrived in Nairobi, Kenya this morning to take part in the "Sustainable Blue Economy" conference at KICC. I thank Kenya for hosting this important summit on how we can sustainably and profitably use our water resources. pic.twitter.com/8wsbtStqCj
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) November 26, 2018
“I am delighted to welcome my fellow Heads of State and Government to Nairobi for the opening of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference. I look forward to the successful implementation of the pledges, and outcomes of this conference,” Kenyatta also twitted.
Besides the sustainable blue economy conference, President Museveni is expected to hold bilateral talks with his host, President Kenyatta and other world leaders.
I am delighted to welcome my fellow Heads of State and Government to #Nairobi for the opening of the Sustainable #BlueEconomyKe Conference. I look forward to the successful implementation of the pledges, and outcomes of this conference | @WilliamsRuto pic.twitter.com/K17Khsq4S8
— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) November 26, 2018
Attendants, according to Macharia Kamau, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Secretary, will also explore ways of harnesses the potential of oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states, women, and youth and Indigenous peoples.
Kamau said the conference will discuss among others, better exploitation of the water bodies, as well as maritime safety adding that “You cannot exploit the blue economy when your transport systems are not driven by safety and better equipment.”
“We have to learn to think strategically, cargo by water transport because more wealth will be coming to create a better transportation network if there is more demand for people to use the lake as a highway to northern Tanzania, southern Uganda, Burundi, and eastern Rwanda and eastern DRC. You can cut the time and cost to these places by using the lake,” he said.