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Kenya, Seychelles link up to combat illegal fishing, piracy

Seychelles President  Danny Faure (left) is welcomed by his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta at State House yesterday where they held bilateral talks. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG
Seychelles President Danny Faure (left) is welcomed by his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta at State House yesterday where they held bilateral talks. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG 

Kenya and Seychelles have joined forces to end illegal fishing and combat piracy in the Indian Ocean.

Speaking at State House in Nairobi after holding bilateral talks yesterday, Seychelles President Danny Faure and Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to support best fishing practices as well as share intelligence on maritime security.

“We will be exchanging intelligence and ideas on how to combat drug trafficking, piracy and terrorism in Indian Ocean. We will eliminate this evil trade,” said Mr Kenyatta, adding that Seychelles would help Kenya develop its fishing industry at the Coast.

The coastline between the two countries has witnessed cases of piracy and drug trafficking.

Describing Mr Faure’s visit as historic, Mr Kenyatta said it marked the beginning of a new chapter in the partnership between the two countries. “Seychelles can support Kenya in development of its blue economy with partnership in areas such as tourism, horticulture and livestock industry,” he said .

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He added that teachers would be deployed to Seychelles to support its education sector. However, he did not disclose the number. “We have been exporting our human capital to several countries such as Namibia, Rwanda and Liberia among others and we will continue to do so,” he said.

Mr Faure said a total of 400 Kenyans are working in his country as experts in the private sector.

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