Nairobi, Kenya 22nd April 2024: – The East African Business Councils (EABC) and TakaTaka Ni Mali have unvailed Regional Circular Solutions Network,  this follows the successful organization of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Stakeholder Engagement organized under the  theme “Waste to Wealth: Solutions for a Sustainable Future.” The ISWA Engagement convened 50 thought leaders, and industry experts to explore innovative approaches to waste management and circular economy initiatives.

The ISWA Stakeholder Engagement, featuring insightful discussions, impactful presentations, and strategic collaborations aimed at addressing pressing environmental challenges and unlocking opportunities for sustainable development across the East African region.

In her remarks, Mary Ngechu, Founder of TakaTaka Ni Mali Foundation, stated “Africa generates 80% of solid waste but recycles only 11%, highlighting untapped potential.”


Mr. John Bosco Kalisa, Executive Director of the East African Business Council (EABC), highlighted the importance of a regional network within the East African Community (EAC) to champion and shift business models from linear to circular economy practices. This shift aims to enhance the competitiveness niche and sustainability of the bloc in the global arena.

He recommended adoption of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) which requires manufacturers to take responsibility for the environmental impact of their products throughout their lifecycle, including collection, recycling, and disposal.

Insights into the work and mission of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) were shared by Mpendulo Ginindza, President of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA).  Mpendulo stated “organizations and individuals should partner with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) to champion the green economy by transforming waste into wealth and achieving a sustainable future”. Highlighting ISWA’s platform for collaboration and advancing sustainability goals, Ginindza extended an invitation to all to join the historic ISWA 2024 World Congress – the first ever on African soil. Themed “Waste to Wealth: Solutions for a Sustainable Future,” the congress will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from September 15th to 18th.

Distinguished speakers including Robert Orina from the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Mirriam Bomet from the Kenya Association of Manufacturers KAM provided valuable insights into implementable systems, industrial opportunities, and regional collaboration strategies for driving sustainability in waste management and circular economy practices

Other notable speakers, incuded Judy Njino from the Global Compact Network Kenya, Sandeep Main from KPMG East Africa, Nasra Nanda from the Kenya Green Building Society, and Judith Sidi Odhiambo from KCB Bank, shared expertise on ESG reporting, tax strategies, green energy, and financing sustainable projects.

The culminated in a momentous MOU signing between TakaTaka Ni Mali Foundation and Safaricom PLC, symbolizing a commitment to collaborative efforts towards sustainable waste management solutions.

In his closing remarks, Kaye Matereke, Senior Partner at Tactive Consulting, the importance of collective action in addressing environmental challenges and fostering a sustainable future.

Published On: May 23rd, 2024 / Categories: Highlights, News /