The current consensus is that exports of electrical waste to non-terrestrial sites would not be covered, since space is not considered a “country” according to the specific definition. The initial phase of the programme consists of the E-waste Africa project and complementary activities launched by the project and implemented by partner organisations. Following the E-waste Africa project, follow-up activities are expected to help countries in the region address the problems of electrical waste. Electrical and electronic equipment such as COMPUTERS, printers, televisions, mobile phones, refrigerators and air conditioning systems are today one of the fastest waste streams in the world. The e-waste Africa programme is a comprehensive programme aimed at improving the environmental policy of electrical waste and creating favourable social and economic conditions for partnerships and small businesses in the recycling sector in Africa. Since 2002, the Basel Convention has addressed issues related to electrical waste, including environmentally sound management; the prevention of illicit trafficking to developing countries and; Capacity building around the world to better manage electrical waste. The Mobile Phone Partnership Initiative (MPPI) was adopted at the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention. The work plan on electrical waste, adopted from COP9 to COP14, covers the following activities: electrical waste is considered hazardous waste due to the presence of toxic substances such as mercury, lead and brominated flame retardants and is considered hazardous waste in accordance with the Basel Convention. Electrical waste can also contain precious metals such as gold, copper and nickel, as well as rare materials of strategic value such as indium and palladium. These precious and heavy metals could be recovered, recycled and used as a valuable source of secondary raw materials. Electrical waste has been shown to be shipped to developing countries, where it is often not managed in an environmentally sound manner and therefore poses a serious threat to both human health and the environment.

The project aims to improve the capacity of West Africa and other African countries to tackle the growing problem of electrical waste. Concretely, the project aims to set up training workshops aimed at improving the parties` ability to manage electrical waste in an environmentally friendly manner In addition to the conditions for the import and export of waste mentioned above, there are strict requirements for notification, authorization and monitoring of transboundary shipments of waste. It should be noted that the Convention provides for a general ban on the export or import of waste between Contracting Parties and non-Parties. . . .