December 3-7, 2017
Starting at 8:00 am
Mount Meru Hotel
The AERC Biannual Research Workshop opens its doors at 8:30 am on Sunday December 3, 2017 at the Mount Meru Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania. The chief Guest will be His Excellency, Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, President of Zanzibar. This session will feature four presentations by distinguished economists. Dr. Abebe Shimeles, AfDB, Cote d’Ivoire will start off the proceedings with a look at On the Link between Tax Compliance and Good Governance in Selected African Countries: Is There a Causal Effect?. This will be followed by the presentation on Does Effective “Consumer Governance” Improve Trust in Banks? Evidence from Countries around the World by Dr. Leora Klapper, World Bank, USA; then there will be a paper on Good Governance in Africa by Prof Massa Coulibaly, University of Bamako, Mali and finally a presentation on the Fiscal Decentralization and Governance in Kenya by Prof Peter Kimuyu, Commissioner, Commission on Revenue Allocation, Kenya.
Discussions on these papers will be led by Dr Rose Ngugi, The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Kenya; Dr. Elizabeth Nanziri,University of Oxford, UK; Prof. John Mbaku, Weber State University, USA and Dr Nicodemus Mbonje, Bank of Tanzania. Thereafter, active and lively discussions by the participants made up of senior African policy makers, eminent economists from all over the world, development partners and researchers from Africa and beyond will take place. A public/private sector policy roundtable is also scheduled later to wind up the activities for the day.
Each of the AERC’s biannual research workshops attracts about 200 researchers, academics, policy makers and other economists who participate in the Research Programme. The workshops provide a forum in which the participants can meet each other within a worldwide network of professionals, and deal with issues relevant to Africa’s economic development. They also provide an opportunity for monitoring the progress and quality of the various research projects sponsored by AERC, thereby fulfilling one of its major mandates – to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into problems facing the management of economies in sub-Saharan Africa.
Executive Director, AERC
University of London, UK
Advisor, African Department, IMF, USA
Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC
Senior Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank Group
Chief of the Commodities Unit, IMF's Research Unit
Governor, South African Reserve Bank
Founding Director, Energy Democracy Initiative
Chief Executive, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
Prof Benno Ndulu, Governor, Bank of Tanzania, Tanzania
Chair of Session
Prof Benno Ndulu, Governor, Bank of Tanzania
Dr. Shanta Devarajan, World Bank, USA
Prof Peter Kimuyu, Commissioner, Commission on Revenue Allocation, Kenya
Discussant: Dr Nicodemus Mbonje, Bank of Tanzania, Tanzania
Prof Massa Coulibaly, University of Bamako, Mali
Discussant: Prof. John Mbaku, Weber State University, USA
Dr. Leora Klapper, World Bank, USA
Discussant: Dr. Elizabeth Nanziri, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Abebe Shimeles, AfDB, Cote d’Ivoire
Discussant: Dr Rose Ngugi, The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Kenya
Wrap-up: Dr. Witness Simbanegavi
Director of Research, AERC
Mount Meru Hotel
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Discover the place where the heavens meet the earth, where the rhythm of nature pounds to the beat of an African drum, and where life is all about a revival of the senses. Situated at the foothills of Mount Meru in the city of Arusha, Tanzania, the Mount Meru Hotel lies on 9 acres of lush landscape, surrounded by some of Africa’s most breath-taking vistas, rich with a diverse array of wildlife, etched against the fertile slopes of this beautiful mountain.