Speaking during the opening of the workshop, Etimos Foundation President Marco Santori challenged developing countries to expand their agriculture sustainably by using environmentally friendly practices. He added that enterprises must seek to overcome the challenges of climate change while at the same time striving to become more competitive, domestically and internationally. ‘‘The wise management of the earth’s resources and environment consistent with the principles of sustainable development is indispensable for our common future,” Santori said.
On his part, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry President Richard Ngatia called on businesses to integrate environmental sustainability with economic growth by separating environmental degradation from development. “To secure a sustainable future, we must transform our consumption and productions patterns – from extraction, to processing and subsequent use and disposal of resources,” Ngatia told the forum.
Thomas Yatich from the European Union reiterated the support of the European Union towards Green/ circular economy cooperation. ‘‘We need to build the capacity of farmers and SMEs to meet certification standards for them to access foreign markets, transition to low-carbon technologies, protect biodiversity and alleviate poverty.’’ He highlighted.