JOHANNESBURG - Ghana will become the first African country to sign up to the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) in a bid to address its mounting plastic waste and pollution challenge, the WEF has said.
The WEF, the international organization for public-private cooperation, said Ghana had one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, but this rapid expansion had led to high levels of pollution from plastic production and un-managed waste.
"GPAP will fast-track progress on these fronts by working with Ghana’s public, private and civil society sectors to steer the transition towards a circular economy in which plastics are manufactured, used and re-used sustainably," it said in a statement issued in Cape Town, where it is hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa.
"It will also support and develop locally led initiatives by creating a platform to facilitate knowledge sharing, connect like-minded actors and scale up best practices to the national, regional and global level."
Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo and environment minister Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng will formally announce the partnership in October.