NAIROBI — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves here Thursday for a State visit to Mozambique to promote bilateral trade and enhance bilateral c0-operation, especially in the development of the Blue Economy.

The Blue Economy has been highlighted as a key sector in manufacturing, which is one of the pillars of President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda covering housing, food security, affordable healthcare and manufacturing.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary (Nibister) Monica Juma said here Wednesday that discussions in Mozambique would revolve around value addition in a number of areas, top among them being the blue economy, in order to benefit the people of the two countries.

Kenya will in November this year host a High-Level Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy. The blue economy refers to he sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs while preserving the health of the marine and coastal ecosystem.

Mozambique is a sea-facing country as we are. There has been a growing interest in the Indian Ocean Rim, of which both Kenya and Mozambique are members. So some of the discussions that are going to take place will be on how we can connect trade, how we can add value on our ocean, particularly on the blue economy, said Juma.

Kenya and Mozambique are members of the Indian Ocean Rim Association, an international organization comprising 21 coastal nations bordering the Indian Ocean. Its objectives include promoting sustainable growth, balanced development and removal of impediments to the free flow of goods, services, investment and technology among member States.