President Yoweri Museveni this morning departed for neighboring Kenya where he will be attending a daylong global conference on “sustainable blue economy.”
The conference, which is being convened by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, is pulling global leaders to discuss ways of harnesses the potential of oceans, seas, lakes and rivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states, women, youth and Indigenous peoples.
Attendants will also explore the latest innovations, scientific advances and best practices to build prosperity while conserving waters for future generations.
At least 134 countries are expected to participate in the conference, with over 5300 delegates registered.
According to Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Secretary, Macharia Kamau, the conference will discuss among others, better exploitation of the water bodies, as well as maritime safety.
“You cannot exploit the blue economy when your transport systems are not driven by safety and better equipment,” Kamau said.
“We have to learn to think strategically, cargo by water transport because more wealth will be coming to create a better transportation network if there is more demand for people to use the lake as a highway to northern Tanzania, southern Uganda, Burundi, and eastern Rwanda and eastern DRC. You can cut the time and cost to these places by using the lake.”
The conference comes just two days after a deadly boat accident on Lake Victoria which was blamed largely on loopholes in the maritime regulations in Uganda.