The European Union Delegation To Ghana Organizes Two Day Seminar On "Circular Economy Opportunities


The European Union Delegation To Ghana Organizes Two Day Seminar On "Circular Economy Opportunities

From Tuesday to Wednesday 7-8th of May, 2019, the European Union Delegation to Ghana organized a seminar on "Circular Economy Opportunities in Ghana . The two day event which happened at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra gathered together policymakers, researchers, development partners, and other stakeholders in the environment, technology and innovation sectors to identify creative and innovative ideas and opportunities to foster the development of the circular economy.

Mrs Diana Acconcia, the Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ghana, speaking at the two-day workshop, explained that the circular economy practices, when integrated into development plans, would reduce the impact of climate change and its adaptation. She also mentioned that the circular economy was the best alternative to a traditional linear economy in order to ensure sustainable development, explaining further that with circular economy, resources are kept in use for as long as possible, maximum values are extracted from them whilst in use and then the products and materials are recovered and regenerated at the end of each service life.” The traditional linear economy on the other hand, a system that focus on harvest, make, use and dispose is declining nature at rates unprecedented in human history, hence, the need to adopt circular economy, which adopts recycle, repair and reuse.

Mrs Acconcia also noted that the EU would continue to mainstream climate change in its cooperation, partnerships and political engagement by ensuring that at least 25 per cent of development assistance had climate component.

On behalf of the Ghana government, Madam Patricia Appiagyei, Deputy Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation and Hon Adjei Sowah, the Mayor of Accra, both spoke on Ghana’s transition to a green economy. They also spoke on the attainment of both the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals that can not be achieved without a circular economy.

Throughout the plenary, panel discussions and breakout sessions, it was evident that Circular Economy fundamentally was an issue of life and design in terms of -product, packaging, spatial, industrial, among others. Part of the conversations were to ensure proper design of materials in manufacturing that produced zero waste or reusable waste.

 In attendance, representing the Dutch Government here in Ghana was H.E Ron Strikker (Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Ghana), together with Agric and Water and sanitation policy officers of the Netherlands Embassy, GNBCC member Safi Sana represented by Raymond Akrofo, and also GNBCC’s New Business Challenge Partner Closing the Loop who were both on the panel during the discussions with high focus on plastics, agriculture and electronics.

The main focus of the seminar was to improve knowledge and information regarding Circular Economy business opportunities and policies, to promote and raise awareness about green jobs for young people and women in particular, by networking and matching of businesses of European and Ghanaian companies and entrepreneurs.

The seminar started with a plenary session, followed by a roundtable and panel session, after which the participants were divided into thematic groups. The thematic group sessions were facilitated by Experts who applied participatory leadership approaches in the discussions. This methodology was intended to involve the participants actively in the discussion in order to identify recommendations for future development of Circular Economy in Ghana.

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