||Portugal : Portugal and Kenya study cooperation in ports and shipbuilding
||The Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, received a delegation from the Government of Kenya, composed of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Macharia Kamau, and the Secretary of State for Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy, Micheni Ntiba. The Portuguese side was also attended by the Secretaries of State for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Teresa Ribeiro, and the Fisheries, Jose Apolinario.
At the meeting, possible areas of cooperation between Portugal and Kenya were studied in the various sectors of the economy of the sea. Priority areas such as ports and maritime transport, fisheries, the naval industry and aquaculture were identified. Also in the technological area, the different opportunities for cooperation were evaluated, with the Kenyan delegation showing great interest in the systems in operation in our country, recognizing their potential for increasing port productivity, improving maritime safety or increasing surveillance in their waters.
During the visit to Portugal, the Kenyan delegation also has scheduled visits to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (which may become a partner of Kenyan entities in training) and to an oyster aquaculture station in Setbal, to which will join the Secretary of State for Fisheries, Jos Apolinrio. The meeting comes after Ana Paula Vitorino's visit to Kenya's capital, Nairobi, last July, in which the Kenyan government had already demonstrated a strong interest in deepening relations with Portugal in the field of maritime affairs.
Portugal and Kenya prepare UN Oceans 2020 Conference
The meeting also analyzed the major areas where the focus of the United Nations Oceans Conference 2020 may fall, and although there is still no official announcement of the choice of our country for its implementation, Portugal and Kenya already prepare the co-organization. The Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, said that the objective is to make a conference on the Oceans different from those to which we have become accustomed. "We do not want it to be just another Oceans conference, we want to go further," he said.
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