Circular policies without borders

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What are the implications of EU circular policies on producers and exporters in developing countries and what can be done to maximize benefits and mitigate potential trade barriers?

To implement the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan a set of tools is put in place that provide requirements as well as incentives for circular approaches in production and consumption. These steps are taking the EU closer to the vision of a true circular economy.

Such requirements, however, can potentially raise unintended non-tariff barriers for some developing countries that require support in complying with the requirements. This session aims to showcase policy, trade and finance context for the plastics and textile industry in several developing markets. Policy makers, business leaders, practitioners and interested public at a global level, with particular focus on Africa are invited to this hybrid session.


  • Opening Remarks by European Commission (TBC)
  • Presentation on “The EU’s circular economy transition: Opportunities and challenges for trade partners in emerging markets policy paper by Chatham House & SWITCH2CE  Mr. Patrick SCHROEDER, Senior Research Fellow
  • Presentation on the business perspective for the Moroccan plastics and waste management industry by the Coalition for Waste Valorization (COVAD), Ms. Sheryn ZIANI COVAD
  • Presentation on the policy, trade and finance context for the textile industry in Bangladesh by Policy Exchange, Mr. Masrur REAZ,Chairman, Policy Exchange

Moderated by Müge DOLUN, Manager SwitchMed and SWITCH to Circular Value Chain.

Join the discussion on December 8 online or in-person in Kigali, Rwanda.


This accelerator session is co-organised by @EUPartnerships  @EIB #Switch2Green   @SwitchMed @ChathamHouse @CircleEconomy

#WCEF2022 is looking at core themes relevant to #Africa’s sustainable development and will explore cross-cutting themes to act as enablers for the #CircularEconomy transition.