Rwanda will host the 2022 World Circular Economic Forum in December, a first for Africa

World Circular Economic Forum ( will, for the first time, take place on African soil in 2022, bringing together participants from around the world to absorb lessons from the continent and the wider global south to build a more resilient and greener global economy. The Forum will be held from December 6-8, in Kigali, Rwanda.

The 2022 World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF2022) will present some of the world’s best circular economy solutions and examine how businesses from Africa and elsewhere can seize new opportunities and gain competitive advantage in the transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. Business leaders, policy makers and experts from around the world are expected to participate. The first forum was held in 2017.

Under the theme From Africa to the World, the hybrid format event will have the process broadcast live on big screens in several African cities to encourage broad-based engagement with the forum. This format will allow remote participation in discussions of local models and examples of the circular economy.

“With the world’s youngest population, the African continent can play an important role in the global transition to circularity. Rwanda is proud to host the 2022 World Circular Economy Forum, which demonstrates Africa’s leadership and commitment,” said Rwanda’s Environment Minister, Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya.

Rwanda is a founding member of the African Circular Economic Alliance and serves as its co-chair. Government of Rwanda, African Circular Economic Alliance (ACEA) (, African Circular Economic Network (ACEN) (, and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra (, will co-host the event with international partners.

The global south is expected to face one of the most severe impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss as a result of the take-make-waste economic paradigm. This is especially true in Africa.

At the same time, the continent has vast natural resources, and a young, vibrant and entrepreneurial population. As such, it is seen as having both the incentive and potential to play a major role in driving the circular economy model and building greater resilience around the world.

“As a developing continent, Africa plays a key role in advancing circularity. WCEF2022 presents the ideal platform to showcase cutting-edge circular solutions in support of the Paris climate goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. The African Development Bank together with its partners, the Finnish government and the Nordic Development Fund, recently launched the Africa Circular Economy Facility to support this transformation as part of the Africa 2063 Agenda,” said Dr Kevin Kariuki, Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank.

Sitra President Jyrki Katainen said: “According to a recent Sitra study, circular economy interventions can halt global biodiversity loss ( and help restore the world’s biodiversity. Circularity is essential not only to keep valuable materials in use, but also to reduce pressure in extracting virgin natural resources.”

The website for the 2022 World Circular Economic Forum will be launched in June 2022. The Forum agenda will be published in October 2022.

Distributed by the APO Group on behalf of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

Media contact:
Samuli LaitaCommunications, Finnish Sitra Innovation Fund, [email protected]
Basile UwimanaCommunications & Outreach Specialist, Ministry of Environment Rwanda, [email protected]
Sonia Borini, Communication and Knowledge Management Specialist, African Development Bank, [email protected]
Tashma KritzingerCommunications, African Circular Economic Network, [email protected]

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Rwanda will host the 2022 World Circular Economic Forum in December, a first for Africa

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