Circular economy in the Africa-EU cooperation – Country report for Ghana

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Hack, J.; E. Kumi, P. Boateng, T. Smit, M. McGovern, L. Akenji, S. van Hummelen, J. Ahlers, T. Bauer and M. Hemkhaus 2021: Circular economy in the Africa-EU cooperation. Country report for Ghana. Brussels: European Commission.

Ghana’s development objectives are expressed in the Long-Term National Development Plan (LTNDP) 2018-2057. By embarking on an ambitious journey towards a “Ghana Beyond Aid”, the country has become one of sub-Sahara Africa’s most politically stable economies that maintains a multiparty democratic system, benefits from an independent judiciary and upholds freedom of press. However, various issues prevent the country from truly moving “Beyond Aid” and transforming its economic model from a linear take-make-dispose system towards a circular one. For example, Ghana continues to rely on raw commodity exports, making its economic performance susceptible to volatile global commodity prices. Domestically, the existence of a wide-spread informal sector hinders the implementation of more effective monitoring and enforcement frameworks and promotes illegal practices. This report analyses the state of play of the circular economy (CE) transition in Ghana. It also provides recommendations for a more effective and integrated EU approach for promoting CE in Ghana, connecting the different levels of EU engagement including policy dialogues, development cooperation, trade and investments, innovation and research.

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