SWITCH Africa Green Regional Meeting: Advancing Green Business and Circular Economy in Africa

Policy makers and stakeholders across Africa are meeting at Speak Resort Munyonyo from February 24 to 25, 2020 to chart out green economy opportunities for the private sector under the lead of the Switch Africa Green programme.

The forum under the theme Advancing Green Business and Circular Economy in Africa is organized by UN Environment Programme and the Ministry of Water and Environment, and the National Environment Management Authority.

The forum will explore mechanisms for enhancing regional efforts to scale up green and circular business approaches and inspire national level policy making and implementation.

They will also prepare an Africa-wide strategy to harmonise policies for advancing green business and circular economy in Africa for policy makers and the private sector.

The forum brings various stakeholders from the SWITCH Africa Green partner countries of Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda and other stakeholders involved in promoting an inclusive green economy such as policy makers, business associations, private sector, financial institutions, regional economic communities, international development organisations and partners, and civil society organisations.

SWITCH Africa Green programme supports the 7 countries of Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa and Uganda to achieve sustainable development by engaging in transition towards an inclusive green economy, based on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns.

The programme aims to turn environmental challenges into opportunities based on the understanding that an inclusive green economy is at the core of sustainable development and has multiple benefits next to environmental protection, notably growth and jobs creation, poverty reduction, economic diversification, and income generation.

The programme focuses on key enablers for the transition, including access to green financing, enabling policies and standards, circular practices, awareness and skills on eco-entrepreneurship, and innovative solutions.

Speaking at the event, NEMA Executive director, Dr. Tom Okurut disclosed that in Uganda, SWITCH Africa Green has built a pool of resources, knowledge base and expertise within the three priority sectors: agriculture, manufacturing and tourism sectors. He further remarked: “…the transition to an inclusive green economy requires replication and scaling up on the cooperation and collaborations among sectors as well as creating synergies with emerging trends to achieve the Vision 2040 and NDP III objectives.”

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