Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has congratulated JKUAT on winning the competitive bid to host the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the Africa region. The Centre which is funded by the European Union is part of global efforts by the International Maritime organization (IMO) to mitigate harmful effects of climate change.
Dr. Macharia said the feat could not have come at a more opportune time as Kenya had embarked on a blue economy development programme as witnessed from massive infrastructural investments along the country’s coastline. The activities of the Centre, he added, would greatly benefit Kenya’s resolve to tap its maritime resources by making the country an investment destination of choice.
The CS was speaking, Thursday, April 20, 2017 when he addressed the opening session of the first MTCC – Africa’s Corporate Board meeting.
The MTCC-Africa will spearhead efforts towards effective implementation and enforcement of the global energy – efficiency regulations related to international shipping in Africa.
In particular, the Centre will champion regional capabilities; promote uptake of low-carbon technologies; raise awareness on harmful emissions and collect data relevant to the shipping industry.
The Centre will be implemented by JKUAT in collaboration with Kenya Ports Authority and Kenya Maritime Authority.
In a brief to the meeting, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said JKUAT had a long standing experience in teaching, research and capacity building in the areas related to maritime shipping.
She added that the University is ready to play a leading role in helping the country deal with the effects of climate change particularly in maritime related activities.
The Shipping and Maritime Affairs, Principal Secretary, Nancy Karigithu urged the participating institutions to ensure successful implementation of the center which she said would raise the country’s profile.