At this year´s West African Clean Energy & Environment Exhibition & Conference (WACEE), the state government of North Rhine-Westfalia together with its Ghanaian partners organized once again a successful panel on tackling electronic waste in Ghana, including the Environmental Protection Agency, German businesses, researchers as well as environmental activists. John Pwamang, Acting Director of the Environmental Protection Agency presented the new legal framework for tackling the challenge of electronic waste, including end of life vehicles, based on the Hazardous and Electronic waste law that was recently passed. Mr. Sampson Atieno from the Sustainable Recycling Industries presented his study on the informal sector in electronic waste in Ghana and potentials for companies.
Mr. Funcke-Bartz, from the German implementing agency GIZ, highlighted the project between the University of Ghana and the Technical University of Aachen on occupational health. He announced that as the next step, a health post will be set up at Agbogbloshie to improve working conditions for the informal scrap dealers.
North Rhine-Westfalia and Ghana have a long standing relationship. There are an estimated 6,000 Ghanaians or people with roots from Ghana living in North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2015, the federal state exported merchandise to the tune of 28 million euros ($31 million) to Ghana and imported products from there worth 11 million euros. Numerous bilateral partnerships have been established between schools, universities and cities like Bonn and Cape Coast.
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