Kickoff meeting and discussions on waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) management in Senegal

As part of the implementation process of the Green Secondary Cities Wastewater, Plastic Waste and WEEE Management: Innovative Business Model for Recycling and Valorization Project, the Global Institute for Green Growth (GGGI), in collaboration with the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications, convened on July 30, 2019, for a discussion and experience sharing workshop on the provisional version of the decree related to the management of waste from electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in Senegal.

The workshop was held under the chairmanship of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Telecommunications around two main objectives:

– launch of the e-waste component of the project and information sharing with stakeholders about the activities to be carried out; and
– engage a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the regulatory framework for e-waste management in Senegal.

The meeting brought together various stakeholders concerned by the issue of e-waste management in Senegal, including ministerial departments, private sector actors, civil society and the press.

At the end of the workshop, the participants agreed on the following priorities:

– the need to speed up the process in order to allow the GoS to fill the legal gap related to the absence of a specific regulatory framework for the environmentally sound management of e-waste;
– the improvement of the consultation process through the involvement of political authorities to put in place a consensual text reflecting the roles and responsibilities of the actors;
– the provision of support for ongoing e-waste management initiatives to encourage stakeholders and encourage new entrepreneurs; and
– the reinforcement of education, behavior change and training actions to raise awareness on e-waste related issues and develop skills on e-waste recycling and recovery.

As a reminder, the e-waste component of the project aims to support the Government of Senegal in structuring the e-waste sector. Precisely, the objective is to optimize green job creation opportunities around the environmentally sound management of e-waste through a business model based on recycling, PPP and North-South cooperation.