Tuesday 27th November, 2018-The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs has spoken on the core socio-economic and environmental measures that his government will seek to prioritize in the transition to a sustainable ocean economy.
Minister Dean Jonas who is attending the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, was the featured guest speaker at 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.” During his presentation, Minister Jonas also 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.
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 and rivers 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.
On Wednesday, Minister Jonas will deliver an address on the impact of the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme (CMEP) and how it is helping Antigua and Barbuda to develop Blue Economy opportunities.
The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Barbuda Affairs is accompanied to the Kenya conference by H.E. Karen Mae Hill, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom; and Ideka Dowe, Political and Trade Attaché. 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.