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


Johannesburg, South Africa
Sandton Sun Hotel

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


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


University of London, UK

Nicolas Racine Amadou

Advisor, African Department, IMF, USA


Executive Director


Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC


Managing Director


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


9:00 am - 9:30 am

Opening Session

Gov. Lesetja Kganyago
Governor South African Reserve Bank

Chair of Session:

Gov. Lesetja Kganyago, Governor South African Reserve Bank


Welcoming remarks:                       

Prof. Lemma W. Senbet, Executive Director, AERC

Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Executive Secretary, SADC

Ms Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive, SAIIA (TBC)



Gov. Lesetja Kganyago, Governor South Africa Reserve Bank

9:30 am - 11:00 am

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

Prof. Laurence Harris
University of London, UK

Beyond the grid- engineering institutions and finance


Dr Rabah Arezki, International Monetary Fund (IMF). USA            

Floor Discussion

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

Governance and Energy Sector Sy&Sow 18052017


Dr. Keith Jefferis, Econsult Botswana

Floor Discussion

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Lunch Break

2:40 pm - 4:00 pm

Session III – Renewable Electricity Generation: Implications of Cost, Returns & Investments to African Economies

Dr. Hellen Osiolo
The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Kenya

Helen Osiolo – Presentation

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Tea / Coffee Break

4:15 pm - 6:00 pm

Session IV – Public/Private Sector Policy Panel

Gov. Lesetja Kganyago
Governor South African Reserve Bank

Institutional presentation:

Africa’s Energy Renewal: Challenges and Opportunities by Dr Urama Kevin Chika, AfDB, Cote d’Ivoire



Dr. Keith Jefferis, Managing Director, Econsult Botswana

Prof. Amadou Sy, Director African Department, IMF, USA\

Dr Urama Kevin Chika, African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire

Prof. Kinandu Muragu, Executive Director, Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Central Bank of Kenya

Ms. Tasneem Essop, National Planning Commission, South Africa (TBC)

Dr. Hellen Osiolo, The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Kenya


 Floor Discussion

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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Registration is by invitation only


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Sandton Sun Hotel

Alice Ln & Fifth Street, Sandhurst, Sandton, 2031, South Africa

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Located in Sandton’s business district, Sandton Sun is conveniently connected to the Sandton Convention Centre and Sandton City shopping centre. This newly-refurbished luxurious hotel offers a complimentary service to and from the Gautrain station, conferencing facilities for up to 200 people, business suites, 8 en suite spa treatment rooms, the Sen Deck & Restaurant, and more.

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