By Sergeant Sarah Mwende :Photos by Senior Private Felix Muvevi.
The Ministry of Defence held a round table discussion under the Defence Dialogue Series on Wednesday, 28th February 2018 at the Defence Headquarters to exchange ideas on Maritime Security and the Blue Economy. Issues discussed which involved High Commissioners/Ambassadors from various countries aimed at countering security threats and exploiting the Blue Economy through regional and international cooperation for social economic development.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo expressed her gratitude to High Commissioners/Ambassadors who represented their respective countries for the continued support and cordial relations that have nurtured over the past year. She appreciated the support offered by various countries in areas such as training, intelligence sharing, technical assistance and well as the provision of key assets and materials.
“Unscrupulous actors easily exploit Africa’s maritime space due to its expansiveness and the limited capacity of African states to interdict their illegal activities. Indeed, unsecured ocean territories constitute ungoverned spaces in which criminals, insurgents and terrorists can operate with impunity. Hence, there is a strong correlation between peace, security and development of Africa’s maritime domain. In the absence of security, the vast majority of the economic activities associated with the Blue Economy cannot be effectively carried to the detriment of Africa’s young burgeoning population.” Amb Omamo said.
During the event there was a round tabled engagement moderated by Amb. Martin Kimani of National Counter Terrorism Centre which also saw contributions from H.E Francisca Ashiekey- Odunton High Commissioner Ghana, H. E Mette Knudsen Ambassador Denmark, H.E Ms. Suchitra Durai High Commissioner India, H.E Mr. Toshitsugu Uesawa Ambassador Japan and Ms. Juster Nkoroi Head of Kenya International Boundaries Office.
Speaking during the occasion the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces (VCDF) Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon said the Kenya Navy had the bigger share in the management of the coastline adding Kenya Defence Forces services will support the Navy in the maintenance and surveillance of Kenya’s territorial waters and beyond.
Present at the event were Ambassadors/High Commissioners, Cabinet Secretaries, Permanent Secretaries, Government officials, Managing Directors/Chief Executive Officers, Defence attachés, Senior Officers and Officers, Service Members and the Civilian Staff from the Kenya Defence.