Circular Economy: Hon Ngala Gerard-led Network To Revive Growth
Hon Ngala Gerard-led Network To Revive Growth
Story, Kuh Peter
The Hon Ngala Gerard-led Parliamentary Network for Circular Economy, PANCEC has promised to revive Cameroon’s economic growth while gunning for environmental protection.
It has also resolved to ensure the sustenance of the environmental landscape through training of all decentralised local collectivities to become financially autonomous by converting from the linear to circular economy.
This was during a multi-stakeholder dialogue and capacity building partnership workshop at the National Assembly Wednesday November 18. It was held under the theme: “Circular Economy: working towards a sustainable future”.
PANCEC President, Hon Ngala Gerard in his address to the Members of Parliament,MPs, experts and stakeholders in the sector revealed that circular economy will serve as a major job creation sector. This, Ngala said will move the country’s economy to another level.
“We want to make sure that all the decentralised local collectivities are autonomous financially…councils will use circular economy to make a lot of gains in their communities thereby being financially autonomous,” Ngala enthused.
He said the training was aimed at bringing together stakeholders and the lawmakers in order to enable the former present to the latter what they have been doing as far as circular economy is concern and moves they have taken in order to preserve the environment.
Ngala called for collective efforts between stakeholders in the respect of the 3-R approach of reduce, reuse and recycle. He appealed to all stakeholders to comply with international conventions ratified by government including and national legal instruments that regulates environmental protection.
Going by Ngala, through the training, government and the parliament will be inspired to draw environmental-friendly policies, adopt new norms and principles towards protecting the environment, put in place and bring companies not respecting the said laws to book.
The MPs were schooled on the production chain of brewing industries and distribution of finished products, hazardous waste, municipality waste collection and management, legislative and regulatory framework of environment management, decentralised structures in the management, collection and disposal of waste from Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) based on the best available technologies (BAT) and Best Environment Practices (BEP), among many others.
Opening the training on behalf of the House Speaker, Hon. Theophile Baoro, congratulated the members for the timely initiative especially when the country’s economy is being hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hon Baoro said PANCEC has come in as a solution to the linear economy practiced in the country. He pledged the full support of parliament in the activities and objectives of the network.
Experts at the training workshop came from the African Development Bank, United Cities and Councils of Cameroon, Environment Nature Protection and Sustainable Development Ministry, Agriculture and Rural Development, BOCOM, HYSACAM, FONCHAM International, METAFRIQUE, Zone Industrial and other key partners.