March 12-13, 2018
Starting at 8:00 am


Kampala, Uganda
Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) will be holding its twentieth annual Senior Policy Seminar (SPSXX) in Kampala, Uganda on March 12–13, 2018 on the theme Regional Integration in Africa, cohosted by the Bank of Uganda. AERC convenes an annual forum that provides high level African policy makers the opportunity to come together to dialogue on the results of research conducted by AERC and its affiliates, exchange policy experiences and interact with the researchers in an atmosphere of peers. The themes of these seminars are selected on the basis of topicality and contemporary interest to African policy making.

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Macroeconomic Modelling Consultant, African Development Bank (AfDB)


Professor of Development Economics & Head of the Department of International Development, University of Oxford, UK


Economist, University of Sussex UK


4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


9:00 am - 10:30 am

Official Opening Session

Rt Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda
Prime Minister, Uganda

Welcome remarks: Prof Lemma Senbet, Executive Director, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)
Opening remarks: Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Governor, Bank of Uganda
Session chair: Hon. Matia Kasaija, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
Chief Guest Speech: Rt Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister, Uganda

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Session 1 – The Political Economy of Regional Industrialization Policies

Dr Bruce Byiers
European Centre for Development

Session chair: Jean-Marie Gankou, Former Minister of Finance, Cameroon
Discussant: Adam Mugume, Executive Director Research and Policy, Bank of Uganda.


PresentationThe political economy of regional industrialization policies


Floor Discussion

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 2 – Greasing the Wheels of Regional Integration: Infrastructure as a Catalyst for Trade, Innovation and Growth in SSA

Dr Chuku Chuku
African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire

Session chair: Hon. Onyoti Adigo, Minister for Agriculture, South Sudan
Discussant: Prosper Hoagbode, Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances, Benin


PresentationGreasing the Wheels of Regional Integration: Infrastructure as a Catalyst for Trade, Innovation, and Growth in sub-Saharan Africa?


Floor Discussion

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 3 – The Fiscal Foundations for Deeper Regional Integration

Prof Christopher Adam
Oxford Department of International Development

Session chair: Dr. Kupikile Mlambo, Deputy Governor, Bank of Zimbabwe
Discussant: Nii Sowa, International Growth Centre, Ghana


PresentationThe Fiscal Foundations for Deep Regional Integration: from Customs Unions to Economic and Monetary Union


Floor Discussion

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Tea/Coffee Break

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


8:30 am - 10:00 am

Session 4 – Integrating African Services Markets

Prof Bernard Hoekman
European University Institute

Session chair: Bwalya Ngandu, Deputy Governor, Bank of Zambia
Discussant: Prof. Wautabouna Quattara, Director, African Integration, Cote d’Ivoire


PresentationIntegrating African Services Markets


Floor Discussion

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Tea/Coffee Break

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Session 5 – African Development Bank Presentation


Session chair: TBC

Floor Discussion

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Session 6 – Policy Roundtable

Session chair: Dr. Louis Kasekende, Deputy Governor, Bank of Uganda


Dr. Kealeboga Masalila, Deputy Governor, Bank of Botswana
Dr. Rose Ngugi, KIPPRA, Kenya
Dr. Nahoua Yeo, Directeur de Cabinet, Cote d’Ivoire
Dier Tong Ngorchoi, Deputy Governor, Bank of South Sudan
Milton Mahanga, Former Minister for Labour, Tanzania
Luscious Kanyumba, Former Minister for Youth Development, Malawi
Amb. Kheswar Jankee, Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius, Germany

1:15 pm - 1:25 pm

Vote of Thanks

Director of Research, AERC

1:25 pm - 2:15 pm

Lunch Break

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cocktail Reception


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Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa is a vision of charming Mediterranean architecture, pastel colour palettes and lush, green fairways overlooking the sparkling waters of Africa’s largest lake. With its terraced rose gardens, rustic bridges, arched pool terrace and shaded colonnades, this privileged enclave feels more like a Tuscan hillside village than a five-star golf resort and spa on the outskirts of Kampala.