This week, thousands of delegates—presidents and heads of state, scientists, diplomats, and representatives of industry and nonprofit sectors—gathered in Nairobi for a historic, inaugural Sustainable Blue Economy conference. The global gathering focused on how marine resources can promote sustainable development, social progress, and economic growth.
Kenya’s neighbor to the north, Somalia, made a strong showing at the conference. Anchored by the Somali Fisheries exhibition booth, proudly displaying a Somali Rising banner, the Somali delegation was led by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, and the Ministry of Port and Maritime Affairs.
President Farmajo spoke about the potential for blue economic growth in the waters around Somalia. In his words, “Somalia potentially stands to gain the most from a robust and sustainable blue economy.”
To learn more, including the three reasons why Somalia’s fisheries should make us optimistic for its blue economy, read more at https://securefisheries.org/news/building-somali-blue-economy