Friday, December 6, 2019

PS Ms. Betty Maina together with the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation H.E Rasmus Prehn sample some of the products at the exhibition.

Kenya has taken deliberate steps to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to tap into opportunities presented by climate change to strengthen the economy Environment and Forestry CS Keriako Tobiko has said

He noted that several policy instruments are already in place to help the country achieve a low carbon and climate resilient  economy.
“As effort to insulate Kenyans from the effects of climate change and protect our environment, my Ministry launched the first ever training program on climate change policy, planning and budgeting at both the National and County levels of Government” He added.
In a statement delivered on his behalf by the Environment Principal Secretary Ms Betty Maina, the CS said through partnerships with Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) and Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) the government is implementing training programme premised on mainstreaming climate change into national and county decision making process.
The program is meant to form a significant contribution towards the implementation of the Climate Change Act 2016, as well as the Kenya’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).
To achieve the country’s economic blue prints such as Vision 2030 and the President’s Big Four Agenda, the CS underscored the importance of continuous engagement with the private sector which is essential in developing climate mitigation and adaptation technologies.
“The private sector, through the businesses that you continue to support, dominates numerous investments that are critical to the design and delivery of many adaptation and mitigation innovations”. Mr. Tobiko said.
The CS underlined the role played by start-ups, small to medium enterprises in the mitigation and adaptation of climate change effects which he said form a very major component of the economy.
He cited a recent National Economic Survey report by the Central Bank of Kenya which indicated that SMEs constitute 98% of all business in Kenya, create 30% of the jobs annually as well as contribute 3% of the GDP.
Over 70% of livelihoods and employment in Kenya depend on natural resource sectors, thus heightening the threat climate change and poses to the country both in terms of risks to jobs and livelihoods.
Through its Medium Term Development Plan (2018-2022) the Government proposes to address the negative effects of climate change through promotion of a low carbon climate resilient and green growth development.
This will be achieved through strengthening climate change governance and coordination, monitoring, reporting and verification, capacity building and public awareness, as well as through implementation of the Green Economy Strategy and the National Climate Change Action Plan.
The meeting was attended by Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, H.E Mr Rasmus Prehn, Danish Ambassador to Kenya Mette Knudsen, KCIC CEO Mr Edward Mungai among other dignitaries.

An Exhibitor explains the importance of using kings briquettes to the PS environment and the Danish Minister for cooperation at the exhibition.

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