Official Opening of the 1st Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy (SMSBE) Course

Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe, Commandant Defence Staff College Major General Martin Ong’oyi, Director IPSTC Brigadier Rashid Elmi, UNDP Deputy Representative to Kenya Mr. Taye Amssalu, Maj Gen (Rtd) Antony Rob, Senior Military Officers and Course participants in a group photograph during the official opening Ceremony of the first Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy (SMSBE) Course at IPSTC Karen on 29th Oct 2019.

The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Samson Mwathethe officially opened the 1st Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy (SMSBE) course on 29 October 2019, at the International Peace Support Center (IPSTC).

The one week and five days course which has twenty – four participants drawn from Kenya Navy, National Intelligence Service (NIS), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Police Service, Conservation International Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice, aims at highlighting the complex inter-sectionality of extant maritime security policies and implementation challenges, the salience of an integrated approach to Maritime and Security for the sustainable development of the Blue Economy in Eastern Africa.

In his remarks, the CDF said this course is a first of its kind to be conducted within the region acknowledged the Government of Japan through United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for partnering with the IPSTC in developing the curriculum and conducting the course.

“We all recognise the significant role that waters have played in development of socio – economic opportunities all over the world. Lately, Africa’s inland waters, oceans and seas have been under intense pressure from emerging threats hence undermining the sustainable growth of the Maritime domain,” said the CDF. He further mentioned some of the ocean’s threats as pollution, unregulated and unreported fishing, Maritime terrorism, maritime crimes, rise of modern piracy and human trafficking.

The CDF said that despite the efforts Kenya has made, more needs to be done, especially on matters capacity building, policies and strategies development. He also urged the participants to share ideas and experiences in order to address maritime security challenges.

The IPSTC Director, Brigadier Rashid Elmi said that the course will provide strategic and operational level in decision – making to enhance planning and management. The CDF was accompanied by the Commandant Defence Staff College (DSC) Major General Martin Ongo’i, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Mr. Taye Amssalu among other senior officers.

Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe addresses the Course Participants at IPSTC, Karen during the official opening Ceremony of the first Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy (SMSBE) Course on 29th Oct 2019.Chief of the Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe addresses the Course Participants at IPSTC, Karen during the official opening of the first Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy (SMSBE) Course on 29th Oct 2019.
Course participants keenly follow the CDF’s address at IPSTC, Karen during the official opening Ceremony of the first Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy (SMSBE) Course on 29th Oct 2019.Course participants keenly follow the CDF’s address at IPSTC, Karen during the official opening Ceremony of the first Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy (SMSBE) Course on 29th Oct 2019.
Chief of Defence forces General Samson Mwathethe shares alight moment with UNDP Deputy Representative to Kenya Mr Taye Amssalu at IPSTC, Karen during the official opening Ceremony of the first Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy (SMSBE) Course on 29th Oct 2019.Chief of Defence forces General Samson Mwathethe shares alight moment with UNDP Deputy Representative to Kenya Mr Taye Amssalu at IPSTC, Karen during the official opening Ceremony of the first Strategic Maritime Security and Blue Economy (SMSBE) Course on 29th Oct 2019.