Business News of Friday, 10 August 2018
Government of Ghana is expected to generate approximately US$100 million annually through the E-waste programme organised by The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Speaking to the media about this programme, which will officially be launched on Monday 20th August, 2018. The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, stressed the importance of embarking on this project, saying the project will generate job opportunities directly for those collect the e-waste and indirectly for those who buy recovered material.
Elaborating on the sensitization, implementation of the hazardous electronic waste control and management Act 2016 (Act 917), he stated that “the Act 917 is a national law that enables Ghana to build international partnerships for e-waste control that is in tandem with relevant Global Multilateral Environmental agreements and lays strong foundation for charting a new course for sustainable e-waste control in Ghana and the West African Region as a whole”.
He commended the private sector for seizing the opportunity provided by the law, in the form of taking a bold step to set up the first state-of-the art e-waste recycling facility in Ghana and assured that the ministry will ensure that EPA and other stake holders implement the law.
He says he expects the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to perform the formal launch of the full operationalization of the Act 917 law on Monday 20th August.
He said this seminar is the first in the series to sensitize the various stakeholders on this law to ensure smooth implementation.