#AGGF2018 Event: African Circular Economy Alliance Event

Date & Time: 28 November 2018 | 9:30-12:45

Location: Kigali Convention Centre


In November 2017, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and partners, including the World Economy Forum and the Global Environment Facility, launched the African Circular Economy Alliance to spur the continent’s transformation to a circular economy, which delivers economic growth, jobs and positive environmental outcomes.

This new economic model seeks to ultimately decouple global economic development from finite resource consumption and rests on three principles:
  • Preserve and enhance natural capital by controlling finite stocks and balancing renewable resource flows.
  • Optimise resource yields by circulating products, components, and materials at the highest utility at all times in both technical and biological cycles.
  • Foster system effectiveness by revealing and designing out negative externalities.
  • As part of these efforts, the Ministry of Environment in partnership with the Alliance is organising a Circular Economy focused event during the Africa Green Growth Forum.


  • Assisting Africa’s private sector to understand the opportunities that lie in the Circular Economy and how these can benefit their businesses
  • Briefing policy makers, partners and donors on the benefits of the Circular Economy for Africa’s economic development
  • Building momentum for incorporating the principles of the Circular Economy into Africa’s economic development and environmental protection policies
  • Identifying Africa businesses that could be partnered with global firms leading the way in the Circular Economy
  • Event Outline

    The African Circular Economy Alliance event will bring together Alliance members, partners, observer organisations and industry leaders and will be co-chaired by Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa. Minister of Environment, Rwanda will open the event and provide highlighting progress from the first year of the Alliance.

    Expert will brief the guests on opportunities for Africa in the Circular Economy, and open discussion on job creation and economic growth. Pending confirmation, Nigeria will lead the showcasing of active circular economy initiatives, lessons learned, plans for circular economy initiatives to address challenges and the event will be closed by remarks from the Acting Minister of Environment Affairs, South Africa and African Circular Economy Alliance Co-Chair.


    9:30–10:00 – Coffee

    10:00–10:05 – Welcome by the Moderator and Moment of Silence to Remember Former South African Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa

    10:05-10:15 – Welcome Remarks by Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda and Africa Circular Economy Alliance Co-Chair – highlighting progress from the first year of the Alliance

    10:15-10:45 – Keynote Address by Circular Economy Thought Leader on opportunities for Africa in the Circular Economy, and discussion on job creation and economic growth

    10:45-11:30 – Showcasing active circular economy initiatives, lessons learned, plans for Circular Economy initiatives to address challenges (e.g. waste management)

    11:30-12:15 – Address by Private Sector Circular Economy Leader and Discussion / Audience Q&A

    12:15-12:30 – Closing Remarks proposed to be given by Representative from the Africa Circular Economy Alliance

    12:30–12:35 – Group Photo