When

December 3-7, 2017
Starting at 8:00 am

Where

Arusha, Tanzania
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.

Speakers

Lemma
W Senbet

Executive Director, AERC

Laurence
Harris

University of London, UK

Sy
Nicolas Racine Amadou

Advisor, African Department, IMF, USA

Kinandu
Muragu

Executive Director

Stergomena
Tax

Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC

Keith
Jefferis

Managing Director

Kevin
Urama

Senior Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank Group

Rabah
Arezki

Chief of the Commodities Unit, IMF's Research Unit

Lesetja
Kganyago

Governor, South African Reserve Bank

Tasneem
Essop

Founding Director, Energy Democracy Initiative

Elizabeth
Sidiropoulos

Chief Executive, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

Agenda

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Opening session:
Welcoming remarks: Prof Lemma W. Senbet, Executive Director, AERC
Official Opening: His Excellency, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, President of Zanzibar

Prof Benno Ndulu, Governor, Bank of Tanzania, Tanzania
Chair of Session

4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Fourth Session
Public/Private Sector Policy Panel

Prof Benno Ndulu, Governor, Bank of Tanzania
Chair

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Tea/Coffee Break


3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Policy paper presentation 5: Enhancing governance for development: Why policies fail

Dr. Shanta Devarajan, World Bank, USA
Presenter

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Third Session
Paper 4: Fiscal Decentralization and Governance in Kenya

Prof Peter Kimuyu, Commissioner, Commission on Revenue Allocation, Kenya
Presenter

Discussant: Dr Nicodemus Mbonje, Bank of Tanzania, Tanzania

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch and Keynote Speech by Prof Paul Collier, University of Oxford, UK


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Paper 3: Good Governance in Africa

Prof Massa Coulibaly, University of Bamako, Mali
Presenter

Discussant: Prof. John Mbaku, Weber State University, USA

Floor Discussion

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Second Session
Paper 2: Does Effective “Consumer Governance” Improve Trust in Banks? Evidence from Countries around the World

Dr. Leora Klapper, World Bank, USA
Presenter

Discussant: Dr. Elizabeth Nanziri, University of Oxford, UK

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Tea/Coffee Break


9:30 am - 10:30 am

First Session
Paper 1: On the Link between Tax Compliance and Good Governance in Selected African Countries: Is There a Causal Effect?

Dr Abebe Shimeles, AfDB, Cote d’Ivoire
Presenter

Discussant:  Dr Rose Ngugi, The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Kenya

Floor Discussion

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Wrap-up

Wrap-up: Dr. Witness Simbanegavi
Director of Research, AERC

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Partners

  • South African Institute of International Affairs

Location

Venue

Mount Meru Hotel

Arusha, Tanzania

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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.