This session forms part of the Annual Meeting of the African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA). Panellists will announce and discuss a new Alliance report on the Five Big Bets for the Circular Economy in Africa. The report explores major opportunities for the continent on food systems, packaging, the built environment, electronics, and fashion and textiles.

Launched in 2017, the mission of the ACEA is to spur Africa’s transition to a circular economy that delivers economic growth, jobs and positive environmental outcomes. The Alliance seeks to achieve this through (i) policy development, (ii) leadership and advocacy, and (iii) support in scaling up circular economy businesses. It is chaired by the ministers of environment of Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa.

Read the related report here.

Join on 15 April 2021 at 11.00 CEST to hear more.

Moderated by:

James Mwangi, Executive Director, Dalberg Group

Opening Remarks by:

Chido Munyati, Acting Head of Regional Agenda, Africa

Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar, Honourable Minister of Environment, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Co-chair of the ACEA


H.E. Minister Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, Rwanda Ministry of Environment

Jyrki Katainen, President, Sitra

Douglas Brew, Head of External Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Unilever Africa

Lorna Rutto, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, EcoPost, Kenya

Samuel Z Alemayehu, Global Managing Director, Cambridge Industries Ltd.

Closing Remarks by:

Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme

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