The Hon. Dean Jonas, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Barbuda Affairs; H.E. Karen Mae Hill, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom; and Ideka Dowe, Political and Trade Attaché are currently attending the ‘Sustainable Blue Economy Conference’ in Nairobi, Kenya. Also, in attendance is Joy Marie King, Director of International Trade in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration, and Trade; and Amaya Athill, Legal Counsel in the Department of Environment.
The three-day conference will be hosting 4,000 participants from around the world to explore and coordinate avenues for harnessing the potential of oceans, seas, lakes andrivers to improve the lives of all, particularly people in developing states, women, youth and indigenous peoples.
The conference will also focus on the latest innovations, scientific advances, and best practices to build prosperity while conserving our waters for future generations. Earlier today, Minister Jonas was a featured guest speaker during an OECD panel discussion on ‘Reaping the Benefits of the Blue Economy to Deliver on the 2030 Agenda: Gearing up International Co-operation and Concessional Finance’. Minister Jonas’ presentation focused on the core socio-economic and environmental measures that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda will seek to prioritise in the transition to a sustainable ocean economy.
Also, Minister Jonas outlined possible obstacles that the twin-island state may encounter during the transition period and ways in which the international community could help to facilitate the implementation of the Blue Economy. On Wednesday, Minister Jonas will be addressing the conference on the impact of the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme (CMEP) and how it is helping Antigua and Barbuda to develop Blue Economy opportunities.