Kenya plans to increase its labor force in the international shipping industry in order to boost the country’s foreign exchange revenues, an official said on Monday.

There are currently fewer than 1,000 Kenyan seafarers despite the huge employment potential in the maritime sector, said Principal Secretary of State Department for Shipping and Maritime Nancy Karigithu in Nairobi.

“Our goal is to recruit more than 100,000 Kenyans over the next decade to join the global shipping lines in order to increase foreign exchange remittances into the country,” Karigithu said during the signing of a memorandum of understanding on skills development and employment creation for youth in the maritime and blue economy sector between the State Department for Youth and the State Department for Shipping and Maritime.

Kenya is revitalizing maritime spaces because it is aware of the immense opportunities that arise in the shipping and maritime sectors, she said.

It is important that the youth attain the skills and competencies necessary to enable them to benefit from the job opportunities available in the local and international maritime sector so that Kenya becomes a net exporter of workforce to the global shipping industry, Karigithu said. Enditem

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