Coast regional investment conference kicks off in Malindi

Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho and his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi.The governors are expected to attend the Jumuiya Blue economy conference that kicked off in Malindi PHOTO COURTESY

A regional economic conference attended by county officials of the six coastal counties is currently underway in Malindi.

The conference dubbed the 2nd Jumuiya Agribusiness and Blue economy Investment conference is being held at the Ocean resort in Malindi.

The agendas that are expected to be widely discussed at the conference include how to improve investment in the Blue economy conference, investor ready projects for the six counties.

The six counties which include Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale,Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu and Taita Taveta are also deliberate widely on whether to adopt a unified Jumuiya 2030 blue economy Blue print.

The blueprint aims to have the counties achieve middle income status by 2030 by focusing on sectors such as Natural resources, urbanization, education,infrastructure, blue economy,agribusiness, governance and health and education.

Among the dignitaries attending the conference include the Italian Ambassador to Kenya Alberto Peri and the governors of the 6 counties.

However, Tana River governor Dhado Godhana is currently in Madrid, Spain for the Conference of Parties (COP25) negotiations.

According to the Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani chief executive officer Emmanuel Nzai, Devolution Cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa,his trade counterpart Peter Munya and envoys from Portugal, UN Habitat,USAID and UNEP are expected to attend the event.

This is the second conference, the first one having been held in Mombasa County last year.

In June this year, the European Union signed a pact with the economic bloc to fund  blue economy projects to a tune of  sh. 2.5 billion.