Unlocking potential of Kenya’s blue economy value chains

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Giz Go Blue Project at the Kenyan coast is an initiative aimed at propelling blue economy in coastal counties into a prosperous and sustainable future. 

This was disclosed during an event of GIZ Go Blue Project held in Mombasa, on november 28, 2023. 

The project has been instrumental in advancing the Blue Economy Agenda through strategic partnerships and targeted interventions in Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Mombasa, Taita Taveta, and Tana River counties.

Over the past three years, the GIZ Go Blue Project has successfully integrated youth, women, and enterprises into the blue economy at the coastal region.

Motor vehicles at the cargo yard of Mombasa port on February 28, 2017. Photo: KPA
Motor vehicles at the cargo yard of Mombasa port on February 28, 2017. Photo: KPA

The project has been focusing on skills development, aquaculture value chain development, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) support and providing essential blue skills that has created job opportunities.

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Speaking during the closing ceremony, GIZ Country Director Bodo Immink emphasized the power of localization in basic employability skills training.

“Our approach is grounded in the power of localization. By identifying and tapping into local opportunities, we ensure that young people are equipped with the skills they need to thrive after completing their training,” stated Immink. 

At the same time, Alina Neacsu, from the delegation of the European Union to Kenya, commended the commitment of the State Department of TVET in supporting digitization of the TVET sector. 

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“We are engaging the State Department of TVET and we are proud of their commitment in supporting digitization of the TVET sector,” Alina noted.

The event also featured testimonials from beneficiaries like Juliet Sidi, a Go Blue Vessel Repair Alumni, who shared her journey to becoming an accomplished technician. 

“Through TVET, I have not only gained technical expertise but also honed my employability skills, enabling me to contribute to the development of our county and beyond,” said Sidi.

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So far, 2,674 youth and women have completed Competency-Based Education and Training (CBET) courses under the Go Blue initiative.

On the other hand 2,138 aquaculture entrepreneurs including fish farmers were supported and equipped with the necessary skills.

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