The Regional Perspectives on Sustainable Chemistry Innovation and the Global Chemicals Outlook II: Understanding Trends, Risks and Opportunities took place in Nairobi, Kenya on March 7 – 8, 2018. The workshop sought to examine regional megatrends and industry sector trends that may create risks and opportunities for chemicals management and sustainable chemistry innovation in Africa. The workshop provided a unique opportunity for experts from the scientific, private and public sector to voice expectations, contribute ideas, and be part of the worldwide dialogue on sustainable chemistry innovation from the very beginning.
The results contribute to the ongoing reflections on the future of sustainable chemistry and the role chemicals and chemistry will play in addressing the emerging and future challenges to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The workshop also did one other thing – it brought together representatives from a number of African countries that got to engage in an unprecedented way. To leverage experience and expertise available, concrete problems were addressed based on megatrends anticipated such as rapid and growing urbanisation. Through this, topics around construction and sustainable agricultural needs were addressed by looking into their value chains. Underlying these topics was the role of innovations in sustainable chemistry and the role Africa will play.
The workshop was inspiring, leading to the key conclusion: Africa is open for business.
About the Author
Jaisheila Rajput is Founder & CEO of TOMA-Now | Tomorrow Matters Now. She strongly advocates the use of green economy business models and actively supports organisations looking to rapidly innovate their business.
Jaisheila holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cape Town.