The dinner’s focus was on Maritime Economy and the path to blue growth in China where the maritime sector contributes about 10% to China’s Economy the second largest economy in the world.
“The blue economy is an engine for global development,” said Dr. He Guangshun the Director General of the National Marine Data and Information Services (NMDIS) from the Ministry of Natural resources of the Peoples Republic of China.
He further stressed the need for blue cooperation as China has a 40-year blueprint for how to develop and elevate the maritime industry.
“We strongly believe in this would improve our efficiency and potential in supporting maritime trade and creating jobs which serve our development goals like Kenya’s Big 4 Agenda.” He added.
Mr. Richard John Mwendandu from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry for the Republic of Kenya attended the dinner and thanked the Chinese government for their continued support following the FOCAC summit earlier this year and predicted continued fruitful cooperation between the two nations as well as the continent.
The event was a collaboration between the NMDIS and UN Environment which was represented by Lisa Emelia Svenson, the coordinator for the Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch.