We are pleased to invite you to the ‘Implementation of Circular Economy regulations in the SADC region’ conference. The conference will be hosted in hybrid format on the 22nd and 23rd of February 2023 in Lusaka, Zambia. The conference is jointly organized by the European Union, SADC Business Council and Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA).
The objectives of this conference are to:
1. Convene SADC member states to commonly agree and actively participate in a Circular Economy and Extended Producer Responsibility platform which will be discussed during the workshop;
2. Use the platform as a basis to implement EPR within the SADC member states and better understand which legal, technical, human and financial resources will be required to implement country-based initiatives;
3. Establish a joint public-private solution that will address the prevailing challenge of pollution and open dumpsites in Southern Africa, through developing a sustainable Circular Economy (CE) platform;
4. Strengthen the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and develop a funding mechanism for collection and treatment of municipal solid waste.
Members from the Zambia government and private sector, development banks, regional public and private sector, development agencies, MSMEs, SADC Secretariat, European Union, SADC Business Council, academia and other regional bodies will be in physical attendance. Members from other countries are encouraged to attend the conference virtually.