Japan’s new contributions to UNIDO to combat marine plastic litter in South Africa (around 1.86 million USD)

The Government of Japan has decided to fund a new UNIDO project in the Republic of South Africa, “The Project for Support for Transitioning to More Environmentally Sustainable Alternatives from Conventional Plastics” with 202,000,000 Japanese Yen (around 1,860,000 million USD). At the Japan-South Africa Summit Meeting held on 29 June, Prime Minister Abe announced this new grant aid to South Africa.

On 26 July, Mr. Norio Maruyama, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of South Africa and Mr. Khaled El Mekwad, UNIDO Representative, Head of South Africa Regional Office, signed and exchanged the corresponding project notes.
In order to reduce plastic leakage into the environment and unlock new economic opportunities for South Africa, this project supports implementation of the Industry Waste Management Plan of the plastic packaging industry by building up the capacity and integration of the informal sector, with a view to enhance waste separation at source to increase the quality and amount of recyclables.
Toward realization of the “Osaka Blue Ocean Vision”, which was shared at the G20 Osaka Summit, the Government of Japan has launched the “MARINE Initiative” to advance effective actions to combat marine plastic litter at a global scale focusing on (1) “Ma”nagement of wastes, (2) “R”ecovery of marine litter, (3) “In”novation, and (4) “E”mpowerment. This new project is fully in line with this initiative.
In addition to this project, Japan has also decided to contribute with approximately 390,000 USD to another UNIDO study project on available sustainable alternative materials to plastics, and innovative packaging and recycling technologies to meet market needs in African countries.


UNIDO press release:

Japan-South Africa Summit Meeting (MOFA HP):
Japan-Egypt Summit Meeting (MOFA HP):