Rwanda to host a continental waste management conference

A garbage dump in Kigali.

The Ministry of Infrastructure in collaboration with the Institution of Engineers Rwanda (IER) and the Federation of Africa Engineering Organizations (FAEO), the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) will organise the second Africa Engineering Conference which will be part of the fourth UNESCO Africa Engineering Week from the 25th to 29th September.

Over 1,000 participants are expected, including engineers, consultants, industrialists, economists, development partners, policy makers, academia and civil society.

The conference with the theme ‘Effective Waste Management in Africa’ is expected to draw attention to the diverse challenges of waste management in Africa and to consider the prospects for adequate, reliable and sustainable development of this critical sector for human well-being given the rapid urbanisation on the continent.

According to experts, addressing waste management in Africa’s fast growing cities will require innovative engineering and technology-based solutions.

The Housing, Urbanization and Human Settlement Division manager at the ministry of infrastructure, Edward Kyazze, noted that waste management has been ignored in the past across Africa, and it now requires critical attention to ensure sustainable urbanisation.

He underscored the importance of a proper and efficient mechanism to make waste management a profitable business across its value chain – from sorting, transportation to disposal or reuse of waste through proper recycling or treatment.

He further said that for Rwanda to be green, clean and smart, innovation in waste management is needed to turn wastes into solutions instead of making them a threat to urbanization in Africa.

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  • By Hope Magazine
  • Posted 7th September 2017

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