Participants who are attending the Africa Green Growth Forum in Kigali, Rwanda are being hosted in a Paperless, Plastic free environment as the host country is putting more efforts in Green Growth Economy.
At the Forum opening ceremony which took place at Kigali Convention Centre on Monday 26th November 2018, Participants including Ministers and other high level profiles guests had to use glasses and Water dispensers instead of the routine water plastic bottles availed at everyone in other meetings.
The Forum which will last for Four days will see also other use of green initiatives which include encouraging all participants to use Public transports as a call to the reduction of carbon emissions, use of cashless payments for transport services as well as the use of electrical bicycles also available for those who wants to enjoy the greenness of the city of Kigali.
The E-bikes have been introduced to participants as part of the efforts to shift to low-carbon mobility and they are available for test rides.
Also at this week’s Africa Green Growth Forum, the organizing team will be using refurbished laptops provided by Enviroserve Rwanda to demonstrate commitment to the Circular Economy and turning waste to wealth.
The rest will also have to use their smartphones and laptops to access all information related to the forum as there are no notebooks and paper files available to the participants and this is part of promoting the paperless environment.
Speaking at the opening of the Forum which started with the High Policy Dialogue on Green Growth and Climate Resilience, Rwanda’s Minister of Environment Dr. Vicent Biruta said “”Today’s High Policy Dialogue is one of many dialogues we have held since 2015, to reaffirm our commitment to green growth, take stock of our progress and engage in conversations on how we can take economic transformation from natural resources-dependent to resources-enriching.”
As a country that aspires to rapid economic growth, Rwanda has set a broad and inclusive national target, known as Vision 2020.
The idea is to bring all Rwandans into the country’s development journey, integrating green growth and climate resilience strategies.
The first ever Africa Green Growth Forum, gathering more than 1,000 investors, policy makers and financial specialists from across the continent is an opportunity to share experiences in green growth and climate resilient development
Themed ‘For a Green and Climate Resilient Africa’, the forum shines a light on the importance of sustainable economic transformation and signal green growth as a priority for Africa.
Speaking at the event, the Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute Frank Rijsberman stressed that “Rwanda’s new Airport will be the first Green Certified Airport in East Africa with a host of Green building features promoting resource efficiency