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


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.


W Senbet

Executive Director, AERC


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


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


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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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.