Z’bar: Strong PPP key for blue economy

Z’bar: Strong PPP key for blue economy

THE Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar has underlined the need for a strong Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to attain its blue economy agenda in the Isles.

The Minister for Blue Economy and Fisheries, Suleiman Masoud Makame stated on Thursday that to make the agenda successful it needed concerted efforts involving all stakeholders.

"Reliable funding is also required to support the national strategic plan for implementation of the blue economy particularly on areas of priority for the people," the minister said at the two-day 'Blue Economy Dialogue' meeting held at the Verde Hotel.

He said soliciting funds to improve infrastructures, services delivery, increased public awareness & sensitisation on blue economy and the policy is inevitable and the government has been looking for funds to ensure the sector is enhanced.

At the meeting which attracted participants from private sectors engaged in fishing, development partners led by UNDP, NGOs, planners, business companies, and model countries in Africa such as Seychelles, the minister emphasised on Institutional Capacity Building in BE finance.

"We should also work collectively to have a conducive environment and encourage people to invest in business, Technology, and ICT" Mr Makame said at the meeting sponsored by the UNDP.

Dr Aboud Suleiman Jumbe- Principal Secretary (PS), Ministry of Blue Economy and Fisheries, thanked the organisers.

UNDP Tanzania has always been at the forefront in supporting Zanzibar to promote, develop, and advance her blue economy programme.

"We know that the UNDP and the Development Partners Group on Blue Economy in Tanzania have been with us all the way, helping to build up the fabric of our Blue Economy Agenda for Zanzibar. The presence of all partners gives us the strength to continue to work together for a rich, resilient, diversified, and sustainable future for Zanzibar," Dr Jumbe said.

Mr Sergio Valdini, Deputy Resident Representative of the UNDP Tanzania, who is the Co-Chair of the Development Partners Group, said the meeting provides opportunity to identify gaps and Blue Economy opportunities in Zanzibar, assuring that the UNDP will continue working with Zanzibar to achieve its goals.

Author: DAILY NEWS Reporter in Zanzibar

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