Map of the world with the year 2022 and the the WCEF2022 logo on Rwanda.
Image: Topias Dean, Sitra

Rwanda will host the World Circular Economy Forum 2022

For the first time ever, this year’s World Circular Economy Forum will take place in Africa.

WCEF2022 will be hosted jointly by the Republic of Rwanda, the African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA) and The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, with international partners. The main event will be hosted by Rwanda, one of ACEA’s founding members.

“The circular economy can be a game changer for Africa’s development. WCEF2022 is an opportunity for Rwanda and the continent as a whole to showcase our traditions of environmental stewardship, and to explore ways of making the transition to a fully circular economy a reality” said Rwanda’s Minister of Environment, Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya.

“Africa is a vast continent and plays a crucial role in the circular economy also globally. Finland supports the global transition towards circularity, and hosting WCEF2022 in Africa is a natural step for this global collaboration arena”, says Sitra’s President Jyrki Katainen.

While the programme has not yet been released, the forum will explore major themes relevant to Africa’s development, in which circularity could play a big role. The themes to address include climate and nature, youth, infrastructure, entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as trade and value chains.

Read more in Sitra’s, ACEA’s and Rwanda’s Ministry of the Environment’s joint press release.