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

Important conference dates

15th August, 2022 - Abstract submission

28th Nov - 1st Dec 2022 - Conference date

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  • 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

The committee set up by KMFRI Management to develop the Institute’s Intellectual Property Policy (IPP) conducted a very successful session at Kisumu centre on 18th and 19th November 2021. This followed a similar exercise conducted in Mombasa on 3rd and 4th November, 2021. The outcome of the session in Kisumu was an elaborate draft KMFRI IPP document developed using guidelines for academic and research Institutions in Kenya as prescribed by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) in collaboration with Kenya Intellectual Property Institute (KIPI). The 23 page draft Policy comprised 15 clear Articles and has proposed the establishment of KMFRI Intellectual Policy Management Office (IPMO) for consideration by the Board of Management.

Cross-section of participants during the KMFRI Intellectual Property Policy sensitization session in Kisumu

Similar to the session at Mombasa Centre, the exercise started by training participants on IPP and legal issues, which was conducted by staff from NACOSTI and KIPI. Participants from Kisumu Centre were: Dr. Christopher Aura, Mr. James Keyombe, Mr. Zablon Awuondo, Mr. Geoffrey Wafula, Mr. Patrick Otuo, Dr. Joseph Nyaundi, Mr. Morara Basweti, Mr. Naphtaly Mwirigi, Mr. Job Mwamburi, Ms. Pauline Onyango, Ms. Tabitha Onyango, Ms. Grace Manyala, Mr. Joshua Nyamao, Mr. Peter Wawiye, Mr. Joseph Mulukurwa, Ms. Julia Obbat, Mr. Richard Asuma and Mr. Hosea Kipkoech.

At the commencement of the exercise in Kisumu, the Committee Chair, who also chairs the Committee on Research Policy - Dr. Jacqueline Uku, welcomed the delegation comprising the participants representing various sections and departments at Kisumu Centre as well as the IPP Committee Members.  

Below is an excerpt from the Chair’s opening remarks.

Dr. Jacqueline Uku, IPP Committee Chair

“I wish to welcome all members to this capacity building session where we will be trained on Intellectual Property issues.  I recognize that majority of the work programmes at KMFRI are of intellectual nature and yet awareness on how best to harness and protect our creations, innovations and inventions is very low.  

I serve as the Chairperson of both Committees of Research Policy and Intellectual Property Policy. Members include Mr. Harrison Ong’anda (Secretary), Dr. Christopher Aura, Dr. Melckzedeck Osore, Mr. Patrick Gwada, Dr. Peter Odote, Dr. Nina Wambiji, Dr. Gladys Okemwa, Dr. Jacob Ochiewo and Dr. Charles Magori. Our vision as a committee is not only to review and revise the existing policies, but also to ensure their full implementation for the benefit of KMFRI researchers”. 

“We are very grateful to be here in Kisumu and wish to thank our hosts led by the Acting Kisumu Center Director, Mr. James Last, for the warm welcome. Our training begun in Mombasa and as we pass on the knowledge in Kisumu, we are happy to state that our aim is to finalize the draft policy by the close of this week. I wish to acknowledge the support of Mr. Godfrey Kalerwa from NACOSTI and Ms. Concelia Were from KIPI for providing us with technical support in the review of the KMFRI IPP. Our existing old policy was developed in 2010 and the new one will seek to incorporate best practices in this area”.

 

“The road map of the review process includes having further inputs from KMFRI researchers on the working draft pending finalization. As a committee, we are ambitious in our desire to uplift our work in this area so that KMFRI scientists and the nation at large can benefit from this product not only now, but also in the future”.

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