Maritime Security and the Blue Economy

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Defence Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo addressing participants during the New Year greetings and Ambassadors Round Table on Maritime Security and the Blue Economy at Defence Headquarters Officers Mess on 28 February 2018.

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.

Agriculture and irrigation Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri giving his speech during the event.Agriculture and irrigation Cabinet Secretary Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri giving his speech during the event.
Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon giving closing remarks during the event.Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon giving closing remarks during the event.
Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu making remarks.Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Mghalu making remarks.
Eritrean Ambassador H.E Mr. Beyene Russom posing a question during the Round Table Discussion.Eritrean Ambassador H.E Mr. Beyene Russom posing a question during the Round Table Discussion.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo, Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon, Service Commanders, General Officer Commanders and invited guests saluting the National Anthem during the event.Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo, Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Joseph Kasaon, Service Commanders, General Officer Commanders and invited guests saluting the National Anthem during the event.
Participants keenly following proceedings during the Round Table Discussion.Participants keenly following proceedings during the Round Table Discussion.
The Director of National Counter Terrorism Centre Ambassador (Dr) Martin Kimani inviting High Commissioners and Ambassador’s on a Round Table Discussion during the event.The Director of National Counter Terrorism Centre Ambassador (Dr) Martin Kimani inviting High Commissioners and Ambassador’s on a Round Table Discussion during the event.

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