4th Global Forum of Cities for Circular Economy (GFCCE) Workshop cum Exposure Visit for African Nations in Accra, Ghana, 21-23 November 2023

In order to facilitate circularity in management of municipal solid waste in the African region, CSE has created a forum called the “Global Forum of Cities for Circular Economy (GFCCE)” in 2021 with Governments of African and Asian nations. Kindly refer to the GFCCE brochure for more details. GFCCE is meant to provide a platform for technical and policy support, sharing new knowledge, practices, and evidence-based learnings to improve the solid waste management ecosystem in the partner countries in the global south. Currently GFCCE has 19 member states, of which, 15 are African nations (Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa and Rwanda) and 4 are Asian nations (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka).

CSE has already organized three rounds of capacity building events for the GFCCE member states between July 2022 and May 2023 in Dar es Salaam and India respectively. During this period, CSE studies the current ecosystem of waste management by African nations in two different reports (attached for kind reference) to assess the current situation and come up with actions to be considered for improvement going forward. At the end of the 3rd GFCCE event in India during May 2023, the forum adopted a “Agreed Common Agenda for Action” comprised of the key areas for actions to address the policy, institution and implantation level changes to act based on the collective learning.

Based on the learnings from the first three GFCCE events, Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Government of Ghana and CSE is going to co-host the 4th GFCCE workshop cum exposure visit in Accra, Ghana with from 21 – 23 November 2023 with senior ministry representatives from 15 African nations. During the event, CSE will release a comprehensive toolkit for profiling and ranking of African cities based on solid waste management performance. CSE is also going to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Environment Protection Agency, Government of Ghana.

His Excellency
Dr. Kwaku Afriyie

Hon’ble Minister Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation

Her Excellency
Dr. Freda Prempeh

Hon’ble Minister
Ministry of Sanitation
and Water Resources

His Excellency
Shri Manish Gupta
Embassy of India in Ghana, Government of India, Ghana
Dr. Lawyer Henry KwabenaKokofu,
Executive Director, EPA Ghana

Her Excellency
Ms. Elizabeth Naa
Kwatsoe Tawiah
Hon’ble Mayor
Accra Metropolitan Assembly

Sunita Narain
Director General
Centre for Science and Environment
New Delhi, India
List of Participants
Joy Hesse
Deputy Director
EPA Ghana
Engr. Solomon
Director of Waste Management Department, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Ghana
Alain Theophile
Bela Manga
Chief of Service of Toxic and Hazardous Waste, Ministry of Environment, Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development, Cameroon
Djedji Benjamin Onamoun
Deputy Director of Environmental Technologies, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Cote d'Ivoire
Ndumiso Cyprian
Environment Inspector
– Waste Management,
Eswatini Environment
uthority, Eswatini
Fikru Alemu
Senior Expert, Green Technology Administration and Monitoring, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Ethiopia
Rose Kemunto
Public Health Practitioner, Department of Environmental Health,
Ministry of Health, Kenya
Hortencia Joana Macombo
Head of Department, Ministry of Land and Environment, Mozambique
Nicco Libuku
Senior Conservation Scientist, Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Namibia
Sylvie Mugabekazi
Chief Executive Officer, The Cleaner Production and Climate Innovation Centre, Rwanda
Iradukunda M.
Urban Development
Sector Specialist,
Rwanda Environment
Management Authority
(REMA), Rwanda
Samba Balde
Technical Assistant, Ministry of the Environment, Sustainable Development and Ecological Transition, Senegal
Babalwa Ngomani
– Zajiji
Manager – Environmental Services, Ntabankulu Local Municipality, South Africa
Dr. Samuel
Gwamaka Mafwenga
Director General, National Environment Management Council, Tanzania
Dr. Menan
Hungwe Jangu
Director – Research, National Environment Management Council
Richard Mukasa
Environment Inspector and Project Manager – Municipal Solid Waste, National Environment Management Authority, Uganda
Brian Siakabeya
Principal Solid Waste Management Officer, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Zambia
Leon Gift
Acting Provincial Environmental Manager for Harare, Environmental Management Agency, Zimbabwe


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