The Mayor of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah has stressed the need for the youth in developing countries to tap into the opportunities the circular economy provides in order to sustainably address waste management challenges.
According to him, the circular economy when given the needed support, has the potential to generate substantial value for economic growth and address issues of climate change.
The Mayor made the call on Tuesday May 7 when he delivered a key note address at the opening of a two day seminar on Circular Economy Opportunities in Ghana, organized by the European Union under the theme the “Circular Business Opportunities”.
He mentioned that some opportunities in the Circular economy exists in areas such as waste recycling, farming, construction as well as manufacturing and when explored has the potential to foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.
He stressed the need for partnership between Ghana and the European Union to establish a global Circularity based agenda and urged developed nations to support efforts aimed at building the infrastructure for Circularity in developing countries.
”The developed nations must also provide support to drive investment and build infrastructure for Circularity , and incentives for adopting of tools, policies, strategies and standards for deepening the Circular economy in developing countries,” he said.
The Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to Ghana, Her Excellency Ms. Diana Acconcia, described the seminar as an opportunity for the EU and the Government of Ghana to interact and brainstorm to identify sustainable opportunities in the circular economy and green business economy, and kick start the conversation around finding green solutions to the myriad of problems facing the country.
She said, would serve as a platform to kick start conversation on how to incorporate issues discussed into future cooperation between the EU and Ghana, adding that, the EU would begin an exercise for the period 2021-27 to protect the environment and fight climate change.
She assured that the EU would continue to mainstream climate change in its cooperation, partnerships and political engagements, not last by ensuring that at least 25% of development assistance has climate component.
On her part, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Madam Patricia Appiagyei emphasized the need to manage waste as a resource in order to develop the circular economic opportunities.
“Ghana’s strategy is to adopt development choices that promise to deliver growth profits, people-centered and climate-proven outcomes,” she said.
The main objectives of the seminar were to improve knowledge and information regarding circular economy business opportunities and policies, promoting and raising awareness about green jobs in particular for young people and women, by networking and matching of businesses of European and Ghanaian companies and entrepreneurs.