June 4-8, 2017
Starting at 8:00 am


Johannesburg, South Africa

AERC Biannual Research Workshop

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) will host the next Biannual Research Workshop on June 4-8, 2017, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 46th Plenary Session will be on “Africa’s Energy Renewal”. Three commissioned papers will be presented followed by a public/private sector policy roundtable discussion on the same theme. This will be followed by three days of five concurrent sessions. The biannual research workshop uses a unique framework combining learning-by-doing research, peer review, mentoring and networking to build and strengthen the capacity of African researchers. The workshop brings a large number of economists from Africa and other parts of the world and 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 offer 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.


W Senbet

Executive Director, AERC


9:00 am - 9:30 am

Opening Session

Prof. Lemma W. Senbet
Executive Director, AERC

Welcoming remarks by Chair of Session.

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Session I – Beyond the grid: engineering, institutions and finance

Prof. Laurence Harris
University of London, UK

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Tea / Coffee Break

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Session II – To what extent do good Policies and Governance matter in attracting investment in energy in Africa?

Prof. Sy, Amadou Nicolas Racine

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch Break

2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

Session III –

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Tea / Coffee Break

4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Session IV – Public/Private Sector Policy Panel

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Wrap Up

Dr. Witness Simbanegavi
Director of Research, AERC

8:30 am - 6:15 pm

Group A – Poverty, Labour Markets and Income Distribution

8:30 am - 6:15 pm

Group B – Macroeconomic Growth and Policy

8:30 am - 6:15 pm

Group C – Finance and Resource Mobilization

8:30 am - 6:15 pm

Group D – Production, Trade and Economic Integration

8:30 am - 6:15 pm

Group E – Agriculture, Climate Change and Natural Resource Mobilization


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The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries. The AfDB was founded in 1964 and comprises three entities: The African Development Bank, the African Development Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund. The AfDB’s mission is to fight poverty and improve living conditions on the continent through promoting the investment of public and private capital in projects and programs that are likely to contribute to the economic and social development of the region. The AfDB is a financial provider to African governments and private companies investing in the regional member countries (RMC).