[19th September 2012]


At the invitation of Devex Japan, His Excellency the Ambassador visited Oiso Town to interact with the Oiso Fishery Cooperative Union based in Kanagawa Prefecture. Devex Japan specializes in the provision of international business development and business consulting services in Japan. During the visit His Excellency the Ambassador wanted to find out how the experiences of the Oiso Fishery Cooperative Union could be used to support sustainable development of the fisheries industry in Kenya. This includes the need to transfer environmentally friendly fishing methods such as fixed-net fishing and the need to reduce waste through appropriate processing technologies. At the end of the visit Amb. Ogutu was assured of the desire of the Oiso Fishery Cooperatives' desire to collaborate with their Kenyan counterparts to tackle fisheries challenges for the well being of the industry in Kenya.

Amb. Ben Ogutu (left) being met at Oiso Port by the town's Mayor, Mr. Hisao Nakazaki

His Excellency the Ambassador being briefed by Mr. Teruo Shigeta, Chairman, Oiso Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the fishing industry in Oiso Town at the start of a tour of the fisheries region aboard a fishing boat and inspect the fishing boat's fish storage space, actual fixed fishing net and fishing method demonstration by the members of Oiso Fishery Cooperative.

Amb. Ogutu is seen above making a speech during a reception at Oiso.

Visiting delegates to Oiso included the Ambassador of Palau. All guests agreed on the need to promote environmentally friendly and sustainable fishing methods around the globe for food security and economic sustainability.

Guests also had the chance to inspect Ms. Setsuko Otsuji's new water purification equipment which is under development by her company. The equipment which is operated using solar energy can purify 1000 liters of dirty (contaminated) water to pure portable water within one hour. She explained that the equipment is very handy and cost effective disaster zones. Other participants also introduced the guests to newly developed solar power system which is computer operated and equipped to automatically follow the sun as the day progresses.

Story by Paul K. Ndung'u & Takashi Hayakawa
Kenya Embassy- Tokyo

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