An ambitious roadmap to develop a National Maritime Security Strategy for Kenya was agreed on 21 July. The strategy aims to bring significant opportunities for social-economic growth.
When in place the strategy will ahve as a goal to safeguard and promote the blue economy, by providing a safe and secure operating environment for international maritime transportation.
The strategy was agreed upon during a virtual meeting organized by the IMO, where the participants discussed the best way forward in developing the strategy and establishing a National Maritime Security Committee, with the technical assistance of IMO.
They agreed on the need for a holistic approach, noting that the response to national maritime security threats must be multi-faceted.
The establishment of a national strategy complies with Kenya’s obligations under article three of the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct. It is also in line with Chapter XI-2 of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS) and other IMO instruments.