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The European Union Delegation to Ghana is set to organise a two-day seminar on “Circular Business Opportunities in Ghana, from 7 to 8 of May, at Labadi Beach Hotel, in Accra.

Circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, maximum values are extracted from them whilst in use and then the products and materials are recovered and regenerated at the end of each service life.

In a world that is in constant change and facing huge environmental challenges, the circular economy is now an irreversible global trend.

Increased efforts are needed to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and to boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.

The main objectives of the seminar is 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.

Following the plenary and the roundtable, participants will be divided into thematic groups to be facilitated by experts applying participatory leadership approaches. This methodology intends to involve the participants actively in the discussion in order to identify recommendations for the future development of circular economy in Ghana.

Besides the participation of the EU Ambassador, Ms Diana Acconcia, the Seminar will count with the participation of the Honourable Deputy Minister of Environment, Science Technology and Innovation, Ms Patricia Apyagei and the Director of DG Environment of the European Commission, Mrs Astrid Schomaker.

Background

The EU cooperation with Ghana is being adapted to the needs of an aspiring middle-income country, which faces challenges to deliver basic social services and build institutional capacity. Between the period 2014 and 2020, EU support to Ghana will amount to €323 million with three priority areas: governance, agriculture and employment and social protection.

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