Rwanda hosts a continental meeting on effective waste management in Africa

On 27 September 2017 at 10:36

The Government of Rwanda in collaboration with the Federation of Africa Engineering Organizations and UNESCO is hosting the 2nd Africa Engineering Conference taking place at Kigali Convention Centre, from the 25th to 29th September 2017. Under the theme “Effective Waste Management in Africa”, the Conference brought together over 1,000 local and international delegates including engineers, consultants, industrialists, economists, development partners, and other experts to discuss ways to overcome challenges of waste management in Africa as the continent rapidly urbanizes.

Through various sessions, during the next four days, experts will be formulating useful approaches for effective waste management on the continent. They will be also suggesting ways to address the challenges of municipal waste, waste from agriculture, mining, electronics usage and other forms of industrial manufacturing among others.
While opening the conference, the Prime Minister pointed out that addressing waste management in Africa’s fast-growing cities require innovative engineering and technology-based solutions. He called participants to work hard and find solutions but as well to stay true to their profession. He said:

“Strong measures are needed for adequate and sustainable development of this critical sector of human existence and well-being. Come up with answers to what African engineering fraternity should do so that challenges raised by waste management be addressed”, said; adding:

“We also encourage you to create confidence and trust within systems and African governments. Take concrete measures in dealing with engineers who do not respect ethics and professionalism” concluded the Prime Minister Ngirente.

The Prime minister noted that effective waste management is timely in light of Rwanda’s and the continent increasing urbanization, natural resources exploitation, agricultural production and utilization of electronic gadgets as the need to focus on sustainable development and the reality of climate change. He also reminded participants that the ultimate goal ahead should be to reach a time when waste can be rightly transformed into one of the resources to power the continent’s sustainable development.

Rwanda has adopted a green growth strategy and is working towards effective achievement of the sustainable development goals. For Example, the country is promoting integrated sanitation and waste management planning in Kigali and the six secondary cities. In Kigali city, the construction of centralized sewage system is expected to commence next year. Through Rwanda Environment Authority and associated government agencies, Rwanda is ensuring that all forms of development go hand in hand with its green growth and environmental protection agenda.

Most of the participants are from the continent but as well international specialized institutions and experts are taking part in the conference. Represented countries include Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Ghana Nigeria South Sudan, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Somalia, Ethiopia and a delegation from China.