Z’bar Stakeholders Called to Discuss Draft Blue Economy Policy

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He called on stakeholders reviewing the project to ensure that they look at important areas that reflect better use of the sea to attract investors to transform the country’s economy.

The minister made the remarks here this weekend at the opening of a one-day business meeting to discuss the blue economy sector project.

He said that while the project looked at government priorities in the blue sector, including the challenges posed by the effects of climate change, better use of alternative energy as well as minimizing environmental destruction to the sea would help to further increase employment opportunities thanks to marine resources.

He said the blue economy policy will divide ocean areas into core areas, including fishing, seaweed farming and other areas, to ensure that the sea is an important element for the development of the blue economy.

He added that the finalization of the blue economy sector project will bring benefits and achievements in the implementation of various activities on the utilization of marine resources through public and private institutions.

He said UNDP has started to see the importance of blue economy policy and that is why they have brought together various stakeholders from Zanzibar and the mainland to come up with recommendations.

For his part, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr. Aboud Suleiman Jumbe, said that the blue economy policy is rooted in the islands and that is why the meeting is being held in Zanzibar.

He added that his ministry is ready to ensure that the policy is discussed and improved for the development of Zanzibar and they hope that the development of the blue economy will be achieved.

On his part, the Acting Representative of the UN Sub-Office in Zanzibar, Ambrose Mugisha, said the meeting aims to bring development in Tanzania’s blue economy sector and will provide people with the opportunity to understand the proper way to use marine resources to avoid destroying marine life. .

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