Circular policies without borders - Accelerator session at WCEF2022

Published date
09:15 - 10:50 CET
Circular policies no borders WCEF


UNIDO, Chatham House, Circle Economy, European Investment Bank, SWITCH to Green Facility and DG INTPA are organising an accelerator session at the upcoming World Circular Economy Forum 2022 on the topic of

Circular policies without borders: What are the implications of EU circular policies on producers and exporters in developing countries and what can be done to maximize benefits and mitigate potential trade barriers?

To implement the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan a set of tools is put in place that provide requirements as well as incentives for circular approaches in production and consumption. These steps are taking the EU closer to the vision of a true circular economy.

Such requirements, however, can potentially raise unintended non-tariff barriers for some developing countries that require support in complying with the requirements. This session aims to showcase policy, trade and finance context for the plastics and textile industry in several developing markets. Policy makers, business leaders, practitioners and interested public at a global level, with particular focus on Africa are invited to this hybrid session.

Date and time: Thursday, 8 December at 10:15-11:50 CAT  (09:15-10:50 CET) 
Location: Marriot Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda and online (hybrid event) 

If you wish to attend this accelerator session in-person, in Kigali, Rwanda, please register by submitting the following form.

Due to limited capacity, applications are on a first-come-first-serve basis, and registration is open until 1 December 12:00 PM CET. 


If you wish to attend this accelerator session online, please register by submitting the following form, no later than 6 December 12:00 PM CET. 

Presentation Speaker(s)

“Opening of the day” Intervention by European Commission



Ms Belén Calvo Uyarra, EU Ambassador to Rwanda

Presentation on “The EU’s circular economy transition: Opportunities and challenges for trade partners in emerging markets policy paper, produced under the Switch to Circular Economy Value Chains project


Mr. Patrick SCHROEDER, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House

Intervention by European Commission

Mr Bernard Crabbe, Head of the environment mainstreaming & circular economy sector, DG INTPA

Presentation on the business perspective for the Moroccan plastics and waste management industry


Ms. Sheryn ZIANI, Coalition for Waste Valorization (COVAD)

Presentation on the policy, trade, and finance context for the textile industry in Bangladesh


Mr. Masrur REAZ, Chairman, Policy Exchange

Panel discussion and Q&A


All participants, moderated by Müge DOLUN, Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO


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