Parliamentary Network On Circular Economy: Members Adopt Action Plan.

Parliamentary Network On Circular Economy:
Members Adopt Action Plan
Story,Tabi Paul

Members of Parliament, MPs, who make up the Parliamentary Network for Circular Economy, PANCEC, have adopted a one year action plan to guide their activities.
The plan was adopted during the first annual general assembly of the network. It held at the Yaounde Conference Centre Wednesday November 4, 2020.
The assembly also focused on putting in place the governing body of the network as well as lay down a proper foundation for effective implementation of the circular economy at both micro and macroeconomic levels.
The executive bureau is made up of the President, Vice, SG, Treasurer and Commissions in Charge of Cooperation, Industries, Environment and Sustainable Development, Advocacy, Communication and Public Relations, Legal Matters as well as a Technical and Special Adviser.
Speaking while chairing the session, Hon Ngala Gerard, the President of PANCEC, said a perfect respect and implementation of the adopted plan would help fast-track Cameroon’s 2035 emergence vision and help transform the country like it did for China.
“We are going on an aggressive industrialisation process in this country. Circular economy will transform Cameroon like it has done for China; that is the intention we have behind this network…we want to create industries at the level of all councils so that they can be financially autonomous,” Ngala said.
The adopted action plan will focus on nationwide sensitisation, bringing together of stakeholders for partnerships and explaining the importance of recycling their waste for the benefit of all as well as engage them into training workshops that would give them insights on how they can contribute to the emergence of the country through circular economy.
The network would also help councils to encourage waste collection, clear streets of waste, and associate national and international partners in the advocacy and bring on board resource persons, organisations and international partners.
Hon Ngala pledged that PANCEC would accompany government institutions in policy formulation and implementation.
He advised stakeholders on their compliance to all international conventions ratified by government including and national legal instruments that regulates environmental protection.
The Nkambe Central MP disclosed that the aforesaid legal instruments are most often disregarded and not effectively enforced, consequently injuring the environment, exposing communities to pandemics as well as retarding the state’s ability to meet up with international commitments.
In a presentation titled “The Circular Economy: A Pathway to Sustainability in the Decentralisation Context on Cameroon”, Achu Maxwell Ngu, PANCEC’s Consultant in charge of Cooperation schooled members on the importance of circular economy within the decentralisation context.
Ngu said decentralisation is the platform on which circular economy thrives and ensures that councils collect their own waste and turn into wealth and green jobs and thereby boost their economy.
The consultant expounded on the 3-R approach of reduce, reuse and recycle process which he said relaxes pressure on products already in the environment by ensuring all economic operators become compliant to national legislation and those stratified by international conventions.