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Circular economy in Africa

Monday 3 June at 14.30-16.00


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This session will shine the spotlight on Africa and its role in the transition to the circular economy. It will explore the existing strengths of and potential risks to the continent in the context of a globally connected economy. The focus will be on the opportunities and means for realising the sustainable development goals through a circular economy transition in Africa, emphasising things such as the need for sustainable job-creation and export-led growth.

14.30 Opening remarks ​
Vincent Biruta, Minister of the Environment of Rwanda
Circular economy overview in Africa​
Anthony Nyong, Director for Climate Change and Green Growth, African Development Bank See the presentation
Group discussion in tables
Promoting the circular economy in Africa through technologies and innovations​

Kgauta Mokoena, Co-ordinator, Africa Circular Economy Alliance (South Africa)​
Vere Shaba, Shaba & Ramplin Green Building Solutions​
Edgar Edmund, GreenVenture Tanzania​
Badr Ikken, General Director, IRESEN
Monica Umwari, Entrepreneur, Angaza
Africa and Europe partnering in the circular economy transition​
Jaakko Kangasniemi, Managing Director and CEO, Finnfund See the presentation
16.00 Session ends


 Eliza Anyangwe, Founder, Nzinga Effect


Ministry For Foreign Affairs of Finland, Sitra



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