Kenya to recruit 40,000 seafarers annually

PS Shipping and Maritime Affairs Mr. Mwadime [Photo: KNA]

The government through Shipping and Maritime Affairs says it will recruit at least 40,000 seafarers annually.

According to Principal Secretary for Shipping and Maritime Affairs Shadrack Mwadime, the move will make the country achieve its target of having 200,000 seafarers on ships by the year 2027.

Mwadime said the recruitment of the seafarers is aligned with the Bottom Up Economic Transformation Agenda of the Kenya Kwanza Administration to create jobs for the unemployed.

“This programme will secure the full development and alignment of hospitality, engineering and other sectors with seafaring skills to create good jobs,” said Mwadime.

The PS says the government’s vision of building a Trusted Kenyan Seafarer is aimed at yielding at least Sh3.983 trillion in remittances over 35 years.

He said the Blue Economy agenda in the country, once implemented will attract investment, drive manufacturing and industrialization, generate tax revenues and create good jobs and wealth for the citizenry.

Meanwhile, the number of seafarers in the country has been increasing.

In 2020 it was at 2000, while by February 2023 it had reached 6, 890.

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