The 2nd briefing with Members of the Diplomatic Corps on the Blue Economy Conference took place on 27th September 2018, and was hosted by the Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Amb. Macharia Kamau accompanied by the Canadian High Commissioner, H.E Sara Hradecky.
The PS briefed the Diplomats on the progress achieved so far in preparation for the conference, and took them through the schedule of events that shall take place during the conference.
The conference has already attracted quite a number of participants as per the online registration portal statistics, and exhibition space is in high demand said the PS, he however urged the diplomats in attendance to continue appealing to participants from their home countries who had not registered to sign up before the closure of the online registration in mid-November.
Amb. Kamau urged the diplomats to put in more effort to publicize the importance of the conference around the world as the issues of discussion revolve around our environment, and our future. He also briefed them on the structure adopted for the conference, which will make it business friendly and more productive. The PS requested them to facilitate interested companies from their home countries willing to participate in the exhibitions, and forward their requests to the secretariat for allocation of space. Think tanks and professionals from institutions and relevant organizations, as well as the private sector are also invited to speak on the concept of the Blue Economy, and be participants at the conference.
As detailed by the Principal Secretary during the forum, there will be three major events running alongside the main conference as follows; Governance and Mayors event, Business event, and Academic and research forum, which will be held at the Nairobi University. Speakers have also been confirmed for the signature thematic events, and leaders will also be given the opportunity to speak at different forums during the Blue Economy conference, to be held in Nairobi from 26th to 28th, November 2018.