Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark; the Netherlands Embassy; the Confederation of Danish Industry, and the Government of Kenya hosted a circular economy forum dubbed Kenya Loop Forum.
The forum featured exhibitions, pitching sessions, and panel discussions on Business Opportunities in Circular Economy and Circular Economy policies, regulations, and opportunities to incentivize investments in circular businesses.
In attendance was Hon. Soipan Tuya, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Forestry; Amb.Ole Thonke, Ambassador of Denmark; Amb. Maarten Brouwer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Board Director Mucai Kunyiha among other stakeholders and exhibitors.
Speaking during the opening session, Hon. Tuya reiterated Government’s commitment to transition Kenya from a linear model to a circular economy.
KAM Board Director Mucai Kunyiha applauded stakeholders for being proactive about the circular economy “As an Association, we recognize that accelerating the transition to a circular economy is one of the surest ways of securing the future of our planet for generations to come” Said Mr.Kunyiha
The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kenya, Amb. Maarten Brouwer noted that one of the easiest ways to be more economical with resources is to reduce waste. This could include using reusable products instead of disposable ones, minimizing paper usage, and recycling materials whenever possible.
The Ambassador, Royal Danish Embassy in Nairobi, Amb. Ole Thonke, identified opportunities in the circular economy. “By adopting a circular economy, we shall create markets for Kenya, Netherlands, and Denmark, which shall subsequently benefit citizens, businesses and government.”
The Loop Forum was themed ‘Accelerating the circular transition –Waste to resources and cleaner production.’ It focused on economic policies, regulations, and opportunities in the circular economy.