Govt secures Ksh 1.2B to equip youth with Blue economy skills

The government has secured a Ksh 1.2 billion grant from the World Bank to equip youth with various skills targeting the Blue Economy.

TVET Principal Secretary Dr Kevit Desai said the funds will be used to train on-demanded skills required by the industries of shipping, maritime, and logistics.

The country’s Blue Economy stands to benefit from a boost that will see the maritime sector get the much-needed capacity building.

Speaking during a Blue Economy round table meeting at the Kenya Coast National Polytechnic in Mombasa, Dr. Desai said in order to meet Kenya’s medium Term Goals, and accelerate the realization of the big four agenda, there is need to develop blue economy value.

Desai added that the fund will be used to kick start skills mobilization in conjunction with other players from Kisumu and Busia lake regions, Coast Technical and Vocational Education and Training Principals, shipping associations and other development partners.

Experienced past professionals who have already been trained in the sector will also provide skills transfer to the 2,000 students who will this year be trained on Blue Economy skills.

  

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