West Africa Business Unit President Affirms Coca-Cola Commitment at Global Plastics Action Partnership in Ghana

Government, private sector and development partners pose with the Ghanaian President after the launch of the Ghana National Plastics Action Partnership (NPAP).

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Neeraj articulates Coca-Cola's commitment and leadership in the circular economy solutions for plastic waste management.
 Coca-Cola and other leading global voices on sustainability have called for coordinated regional action to achieve sustainable solutions to the challenge of plastic waste management in Africa. The call was made last week in Accra at the launch of the Ghana National Plastics Action Partnership (NPAP), an offshoot of the Global Plastics Action Partnership (GPAP).

The GPAP is a multi-stakeholder platform founded in 2018 by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the governments of the United Kingdom and Canada and some corporates, including The Coca-Cola Company, to translate public and private sector commitments on the plastic challenge into action and accelerate the circular economy.

Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo told stakeholders at the event that evolving a robust circular economy is part of the country’s  growth strategy and the private sector as an important partner in this journey.

Minister of Environment, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, said plastics account for 40% of the country’s solid waste and only 2% is recycled. He said the issue is a top priority and government has worked with stakeholders to develop a plastics policy that recognizes the role of plastics in the economy and will help achieve the cardinal goals of a clean environment; a circular economy; and partnerships that stimulate innovation.

Partners and other organizations that pledged specific support for Ghana included the World Economic Forum, the GPAP Secretariat, governments of the UK and Canada, UNDP, UNIDO, The World Bank, Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Dow Chemicals.

Neeraj Garg, West Africa Business Unit President, participated at the high-level panel, where he affirmed Coca-Cola's vision of a World Without Waste. He shared our concrete actions to translate the commitments into achievements in Africa, citing the light-weighted bottle for our Voltic water brand launched recently in Ghana, with 7% less plastic.

“Coca-Cola, no doubt, is one of the largest users of plastic packaging globally. We are also one of the leading corporate voices and actors on circular economy solutions for plastics,” Neeraj told the audience. “The case for a circular economy is compelling — it will conserve resources, create new jobs and wealth and promote the reuse of materials. It is therefore a win-win for all stakeholders.”

Neeraj Garg, WABU President, participates in a high-level panel discussion on plastic management along with industry partners.

The event also featured five working group sessions tasked to develop action plans on various thematic areas. West Africa Business Unit PACS Director Clem Ugorji led discussions in the "Regulatory Frameworks" session which made a strong case for an industry-led voluntary Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme.

Ghanaian President, H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo shakes hands with WABU President Neeraj.

As Elsie Kanza, WEF’s Head of Africa said at the event, Ghana was well placed to become a showcase for the plastics crisis on the continent. It is the second country globally to launch the NPAP and is collaboratively developing policies to convert the plastics challenge into a circular economy opportunity, including offering a seven-year tax holiday for companies investing in waste recycling infrastructure.

The Coca-Cola system PACS team on the sidelines of the Global Plastics Action Partnership meeting (GPAP) meeting in Ghana.