Ghana has become the first African nation to sign up to the World Economic Forum’s Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP).

The knock-on effect of the country’s rapidly growing economy and economic activity in recent years has been an increase in waste and pollution. Responding to this challenge, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, and Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation are teaming up with the GPAP initiative, a move that will be announced officially next month.

“Our partnership with the Global Plastics Action Partnership will bring together new and existing efforts to spark off innovation and achieve progress at a tremendous scale,” said Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation. “Our success will propel Ghana to emerge as a regional leader on the issue of plastic pollution reduction and inspire other nations to act through sharing our knowledge and lessons. Ultimately, we hope that this will mark the beginning of a new era of action on plastic waste and pollution across the African continent.”

The news was confirmed at the World Economic Forum on Africa, currently taking place in Cape Town until 6 September.