“Call to Hack”

Coastal Economic Development through Digital Transformation, Policy and Investment

The call to action

The coastal counties of Kenya will host the 2nd annual Jumuiya Agribusiness & Blue Economy Investment Conference (JABEIC) on 10 th and 11th December 2019 in Malindi, Kilifi County. As a lead up to the largest Blue Economy Investment event in Africa, the Jumuiya Ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP) Secretariat in partnership with Sera Afrika, iGovAfrica and Swahilipot Hub shall host a week of grassroots innovation, collaboration and culture. This will entail participants engaging in themed hackathons, capacity building opportunities, policy development workshops and artistic displays. These passionate Kenyans will stand the chance to present their ideas in front of 700+ investors on 10th and 11th December at the JABEIC. We are Changing the Story on the approach and advancement of this critical sector and need YOU.

The Blue Economy is a global emerging economic frontier. In Kenya, the Blue Economy represents a huge opportunity and the potential to achieve sustainable economic growth and generate jobs. The fisheries sector accounts for 0.5% of the country’s gross GDP, creating employment opportunities for over two million Kenyans. At US $4.4 billion, Kenya has one of the largest shares of the estimated over US$ 22 billion annual economic value of goods and services of the Blue Economy in the Western Indian Ocean. With a maritime territory of 230,000 square kilometres extending 200 nautical miles offshore, the full economic potential of our marine resources is yet to be realised.

THE PROBLEM


The Blue Economy recognises the productivity of healthy freshwater and ocean ecosystems as a
pathway for freshwater aquatic and maritime-based economic growth and promotes the conservation,
sustainable use, and management of associated marine resources.
The Government of Kenya recognizes the central role of the Blue Economy as it is included in Agenda
2030. It seeks to spur the growth of the sector by proposing policy changes such as allowing a 150%

investment deduction allowance for capital expenditures in the sector, VAT exceptions on materials for
fisheries and fish processing as well as reducing port charges on fishing vessels by 50%.
With the race towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Blue Economy has
an obvious role to play. This however is not without its challenges. Coastal environmental pollution from
land-based and marine activities, unsustainable fishing practices, invasive marine species, habitat
destruction from coastal development and extractive industries, poor governance and overfishing
overseas remain key issues facing countries exploration of the Blue Economy potential. Full engagement
in the Blue Economy requires forward-thinking approaches to integrating digital-age solutions in how we
solve problems and tap into new opportunities.
In the interest of promoting inclusive development of these areas, we have organised four ‘hack’ areas
for participants to develop actionable ideas in:
– Coastal agriculture and Aquaculture
– Tourism
– Arts and Culture
– Health

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