Conference participants, (left to right) Director of Marine Resources, Marc Williams; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Carlene Henry-Morton; Minister of Public Infrastructure, International Transport et al, the Honourable Ian Liburd; Marine Management and Habitat Monitoring Officer, Department of Marine Resources, Ms. Tricia Greaux; and Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheldon Henry.

NAIROBI, Kenya –- A delegation from St. Kitts and Nevis has joined with a consortium of representatives from countries around-the-world at the Nov. 26 to 28 first Sustainable Blue Economy Conference hosted here by Kenya, Canada and Japan.

Conferees are discussing how to build a blue economy which will harness the potential of the world’s oceans, seas, lakes and rivers. They are taking particular interest in involving people in developing states, women, youth and indigenous peoples. Participants will discuss how to leverage the latest innovations, scientific advances and best-practices to build prosperity while conserving our waters for future generations.

The final goal is to make concrete commitments and decide on practical actions that can be taken immediately to help the world transition to a blue economy.

The Federation’s delegation is led by Minister of Public Infrastructure, International Transport et al, the Honourable Ian Liburd. Government officials supporting the minister are Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mrs. Carlene Henry-Morton; Director of Marine Resources, Marc Williams; Director of Fisheries, Nevis, Lemuel Pemberton; Foreign Service Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheldon Henry; and Marine Management and Habitat Monitoring Officer, Department of Marine Resources, Ms. Tricia Greaux.

Minister Liburd’s told attendees at the Leader’s Commitment segment, the Government of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis is committed to developing the blue economy to benefit its citizens.

“The government has realigned the work programs of its marine institutions through legislative and policy support to meet the goals that it has set for the blue economy in providing economic opportunities for the people of the Federation for the foreseeable future,” Liburd said.

“It is imperative that we truly engage in economic diplomacy concerning the blue economy; as multilateral negotiations arise. We have to utilize different approaches and strategic thinking as small island developing states; assess our priorities within the realm of realism and practicality; while, improving our practices and policies relating to oceans.”

Within the margins of the conference Minister Liburd is holding bilateral meetings with delegations from different countries in order to improve the level of cooperation between St. Kitts and Nevis and those countries. His goal is to maximize the prospects for the growth of our blue economy.

Other members of the delegation are participating in technical level exchanges based on their level of expertise to support the blue economy initiatives laid out by Minister Liburd on behalf of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.