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

Dr Abebe
Shimeles

AfDB, Cote d’Ivoire

Dr. Leora
Klapper

World Bank, USA

Prof Massa
Coulibaly

University of Bamako, Mali

Prof Paul
Collier

University of Oxford, UK

Prof Peter
Kimuyu

Commissioner, Commission on Revenue Allocation, Kenya

His Excellency Dr Ali
Mohamed Shein

President of Zanzibar

Prof Benno
Ndulu

Governor, Bank of Tanzania, Tanzania

Dr. Shanta
Devarajan

World Bank, USA

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

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
Acting Director and Manager of Development Research Division, AfDB, Cote d’Ivoire

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Tea/Coffee Break


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 and Dr Dorothe Singer
respectively Lead Economist, and Economist, World Bank, USA

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Second Session
Paper 3: How to Measure Democracy in Africa

Prof Massa Coulibaly
University of Bamako, Mali

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch


2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Third Session
Keynote Speech: ‘Rethinking Governance in Fragile States’

Paul Collier
Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, UK

3:20 pm - 4:00 pm

Third Session
Policy paper presentation: Enhancing governance for development: Why policies fail

Dr. Shanta Devarajan
Senior Director for Development Economics, World Bank, USA

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Tea/Coffee Break


4:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Fourth Session
Public/Private Sector Policy Panel

Prof Benno Ndulu
Governor, Bank of Tanzania

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Wrap-up

Dr. Witness Simbanegavi
Director of Research, AERC

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Dinner


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Arusha, Tanzania

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