Sonko urges Blue Economy organizers to make Nairobi their headquarters


Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at the Blue Economy delegates dinner at the Kenyatta International Convention ...
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at the Blue Economy delegates dinner at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on Sunday, November 26, 2018. PHOTO| MIKE SONKO

In Summary

  • The Governor said the capital which is a gateway to many parts of the world, is proud of hosting a number of United Nations Organization Programmes such as the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
  • In his speech, Sonko told the delegates that the city's strategic location makes it ideal for the Blue Economy headquarters.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has urged organizers of the global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference to consider making Nairobi their International Headquarters.

Speaking on Sunday night during the event’s delegates dinner at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Sonko said Nairobi is a modern city that boasts of one of the best infrastructure in the East and Central Africa region that has made it a commercial hub.

“Due to the presence of many research centres, Nairobi continues to be a regional centre for innovative thinking and would play a catalyst part in creating a partnership role for the establishment of Sustainable Blue Economy Headquarters,” said Sonko.

The Governor said the capital which is a gateway to many parts of the world, is proud of hosting a number of United Nations Organization Programmes such as the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

In his speech, Sonko told the delegates that the city’s strategic location makes it ideal for the Blue Economy headquarters.

“Nairobi is strategically placed and has as such played key roles in the maintenance of regional peace and the infrastructure exists for Nairobi to offer a global partnership that transcends geographical and political boundaries,” said the county boss.

“I therefore, challenge the organizers of Sustainable Blue Economy to seriously consider making Nairobi as its International Headquarters.”

He said Nairobi was ranked third innovative city in Africa among the top cities in the World renowned for its innovation, livability and capacity to re-invent itself.

The governor noted that the blue economy is an emerging concept which encourages better stewardship of the country’s natural resources.

“Kenya is endowed with great catchment areas like Mount Kenya, Mt Elgon, Aberdares and the Mau Forest Complex. Indeed, it enjoys favorable climate,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma who said Nairobi is a great City that has undergone a lot of transformation lately.

“A lot is happening in our country, let’s all, both locals and foreigners invest in our great city of Nairobi,”she said

Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris welcomed the global event saying she was glad the city was selected to host the conference.

“This is a big achievement for Nairobians, a lot is happening in our city, let’s explore the opportunities we have and continue developing our county. For the foreign investors, you need to look around because there are so many opportunities for you to invest on,” she said.

Also at event was Maimunah Mohammed Shariff  (UN Habitat Executive Director), Ms. Hanna S. Tetteh( Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi) among other invited guests.

Over 10,000 international delegates are attending the first global conference on the sustainable blue economy, which kicked off on Monday at KICC, Nairobi.

The 3-day conference is hosted by Kenya, Canada and Japan.

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