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Utilise the Indian Ocean resource for economic growth, Coast Counties urged

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[Shipping and Maritime affairs PS nancy Karigithu (L) with Marine expert and a Politician Ambassador Chirau Ali Mwakwere (R). Photo/Kenga Cyrus]

Counties bordering the Indian Ocean have been challenged to invest more in tapping the Indian Ocean natural resource so as to uplift their economy.

Marine expert and a renowned Politician Ambassador Chirau Ali Mwakwere said that Coast counties have been highly depending on local fishing activities.

Mwakwere challenged Coast governors bordering the Indian Ocean to venture into modern fishing methods and invest on value addition to the harvest so that they boost their counties economically.

Mwakwere said that the Coastal region had vast economic opportunities that could lift the region into a top economic and investment hub but very minimal part of it has been tapped to quell the poverty problem.

Mwakwere who was addressing a high profile Blue economy conference organized by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development-UNCTAD and the Kenya Maritime Authority at the Pride inn hotel in Shanzu, Mombasa urged marine expert and other relevant public institutions to go a notch higher in ensuring that the central government works on a plan to develop modern ways of tapping the Indian ocean resource fully as well as other water bodies among them lake Victoria.