The Aquatic Resources and
Blue Economy Conference (ARBEC), will be held in Kisumu, 
Kenya, in November 2022 

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15th August, 2022 - Abstract submission

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2022 - Conference date

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  • On 28th September, 2022 Prof James Njiru (right) CEO KMFRI, Australian High Commissioner Luke Williams (2nd right), DG ICIPE Dr. Segenet Kelemu and Director Aquaculture KMFRI Dr Jonathan Munguti (left) during protein Africa Launch of a new project with KMFRI as partner at the Windsor Golf Hotel Nairobi.
  • Participants during SWIOFC Nairobi Convention Partnership meeting on Fisheries Environment in Mombasa which was officially opened by KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru on 26th September, 2022
  • KMFRI CEO Prof James Njiru at the Swedish Residence, Nairobi (21st September, 2022) on invitation by Sweden Ambassador HE Ms Caroline Vicini where they discussed several collaborative areas.
  • KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru (2nd left) signed a contract on 20th September, 2022 at the offices of PS- SDFA&BE, Nairobi for continuation of training young Kenyans in deep sea fishing . This is a strategy by GoK meant to build capacity and create employment for the youth in Blue Economy Sector.
  • KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru (3rd right) received title deed for an office in Rumuruti from Register of Lands Laikipia on 8th September, 2022, the County has reserved 43 acres for KMFRI for Research and Training.
  • On 5th August 2022. Prof James Njiru CEO-KMFRI had a collaborative meeting with Mr. K. Takarijanto Counsel Republic of Indonesia.
  • KMFRI Kegati hosts the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kenya in the Hellenic Republic (Greece) Mrs Vicky Pantazopoulou met the Assistant Director of Freshwater Aquaculture (Dr Paul Orina) to discuss possible research collaboration between KMFRI and Greek institutions.
  • KMFRI CEO, Prof. James Njiru with participants during a workshop in Kisumu on Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) project. KMFRI is collaborating with Kisii University and Bowling Green State University, USA.
  • CS, Sports and Heritage - Amb. Amina Mohamed (R), KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru, PS State Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Blue Economy, Dr. Fred Owino among others, after the side event on Blue Economy investment sports and the Environment.
  • On 30th May 2022 KMFRI CEO Prof James Njiru (standing 4th left) launched Beach cleanups and community awareness at Congo Beach, Ukunda, Kwale County.
  • KMFRI in partnership with Kitanda Vzw handed over a fish farming project to the residents of Bamba, Kavunzoni, Goshi location in Kilifi county on 23rd May, 2022.
  • KMFRI CEO, Prof James Njiru (right) exchange collaboration documents with President of National Institute of Oceanography (NIOF) of Egypt Prof. Amr Hamouda during the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) Africa chapter meeting in Cairo, Egypt on 10th May, 2022
  • KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru (2nd left) met with Prof. Stuart Hamilton (middle) of Salisbury University in the United States today at the KMFRI Nairobi offices to discuss collaboration on new projects.
  • KMFRI CEO Prof. James Njiru (right) with NHIF CEO Dr. Peter Kamunyo during a meeting on 26th January, 2022 to discuss the enhanced comprehensive medical insurance cover for KMFRI staff

By Mr. Paul Kimanzi, Ms. Jane Kaguta and Dr. Melckzedeck Osore

The welfare of the visually impaired was at the center of partnership talks that happened in May 2022 between senior management of Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) and Kenya Society for the Blind (KSB) at KMFRI, Mombasa headquarters.

The talks that were spearheaded by the Deputy Director in charge of Human Resource and Administration Dr. Irene Githaiga, on behalf of KMFRI management, focused on potential areas of partnership that would help in the prevention of avoidable blindness for the members of the staff. KSB was represented by the Executive Director Mr. Samson Waweru, who was accompanied by his team comprising of Mr. Johnson Riungu-in charge of Education and Rehabilitation, and Ms. Annah Kiilu,  from the Advocacy and Corporate Affairs department.

Other mutually beneficial areas discussed included the provision of training opportunities for KMFRI staff to be facilitated by KSB which will focus on the welfare of visually impaired communities, provision of assistive devices (visual aids), and consultancy services. KMFRI has aggressively embarked on mainstreaming disability at the workplace in accordance with the Persons with Disability ACT No. 14 of 2003. In recognition of the fact that anyone can aquire a disability at any time, the Institute is determined to leave no one behind whether staff, partners or customers that visit the premise. It is in this regard that KMFRI management has been in the forefront to support construction of ramps for users of wheelchair and crutches, introduction of braille for the visually impared at the Customer Care Department and the acquisition of various assistive devices for use by people who are differently abled.

The KSB team agreed to establish a working framework that captures the terms of engagement with KMFRI and will present it within two weeks to allow for additional deliberations.

KSB mobilizes resources to support the visually impaired. Mr. Waweru appealed to KMFRI to factor in the blind in its Corporate Social Responsibility activities, Employment as well as economic empowerment through the access to government procurement opportunities (AGPO). The partnership will also enable KMFRI staff  to benefit free of charge during eye screening medical camps. Ms Kiilu said that the officers will be advised on the next course of action if the screening detects a problem that requires further attention.

KSB is advocating for organizations to mainstream disability in the workplace and to train employees to understand disability issues to coexist with PWD.

KSB relies heavily on membership subscription fees. Ms.Kiilu suggested the body uptake corporate membership. Corporate and individual membership is open to all.Currently, the society has over 10,000 members.

Membership subscription fees are of paramount importance to KSB.

Way forward

KSB is planning to conduct a training session at the Kenya National Library Service in Mombasa this is in collaboration with KSB partners.

The objective of the training is to train visually impaired persons on how to access digital content through computers and assistive technologies, screen readers and screen magnification.

This will provide the necessary skills to persons with visual impairment to access government websites and services.

Following  continuous improvement of accessibility and mobility at the KMFRI premise, including introduction of suitable infrascturcure for ease of mobility and communication with people with various challenges whether visual, physical or otherwise, the Institute will be an ideal location for KSB to consider hosting such training in the future.

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