July 31, 2023

Mauritius joins the African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA)

In June 2023, the Government of Mauritius agreed to the country’s adherence to the African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA) and to the signing of the ACEA Charter. This is in line with the resolution of the 17th Conference of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment which took place in Durban, South Africa in November 2019, when there was a call for the widespread adoption of the circular economy on the continent.


The objective of the ACEA is to spur Africa’s transformation to a circular economy that delivers economic growth, jobs and positive environmental outcomes at the national, regional and continental levels by:


  • encouraging policy development by sharing best practices for the creation of legal and regulatory frameworks supporting the circular economy;
  • advocating for and raising awareness of the circular economy at national, regional and global levels; and
  • scaling circular economy businesses and projects by bringing collaboration within individual or multiple countries to increase financing, designing of circular economy projects and public-private partnerships.


It will be recalled that the ACEA was originally envisioned at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali in 2016 and was later launched in 2017 at COP 23 in Bonn.  It comprised three founder states namely Rwanda, Nigeria and South Africa along with UN Environment and the World Economic Forum.