African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

Senior Policy Seminar XX in partnership with Bank of Uganda

Theme: Rethinking Regional Integration in Africa

Preliminary Seminar Programme

Sunday 11 March 2018

16:00–18.30   Registration


Monday, 12 March 2018


09:00 10:30   Official Opening Session

                        Welcome remarks:        Prof Lemma Senbet, Executive Director, African Economic Research Consortium (AERC)

Opening remarks:         Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Governor, Bank of Uganda

                        Session chair:               Hon. Matia Kasaija, Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development

Chief Guest Speech:     Rt Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister, Uganda

10:30 –11.00   Tea/Coffee Break  

11:00 –12:30    Session 1 – The Political Economy of Regional Industrialization Policies     

Session chair:    Jean-Marie Gankou, Former Minister of Finance, Cameroon
Presenter:         Dr Bruce Byiers, European Centre for Development

Discussant:       Adam Mugume, Executive Director Research and Policy, Bank of Uganda.

Floor Discussion

12:30 –14:00                            Lunch Break  

14:00 –15:30    Session 2 – Greasing the Wheels of Regional Integration: Infrastructure as a Catalyst for Trade, Innovation and Growth in SSA

Session chair:   Hon. Onyoti Adigo, Minister for Agriculture, South Sudan

Presenter:         Dr Chuku Chuku, African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire

Discussant:       Prosper Hoagbode, Ministère de l’Economie et des Finances, Benin

Floor Discussion


15:30 –17:00    Session 3:         The Fiscal Foundations for Deeper Regional Integration

Session chair:   Dr. Kupikile Mlambo, Deputy Governor, Bank of Zimbabwe

Presenter:         Prof Christopher Adam, Oxford Department of International Development

Discussant:       Nii Sowa, International Growth Centre, Ghana
                                                Floor Discussion

17:00 –17:30                            Tea/Coffee Break


19:00 – 21:00



Tuesday, 13 March 2018


8:30 –10:00     Session 4:         Integrating African Services Markets

                        Session chair:   Bwalya Ngandu, Deputy Governor, Bank of Zambia

                        Presenter:         Prof Bernard Hoekman, European University Institute

Discussant:       Prof. Wautabouna Quattara, Director, African Integration, Cote d’Ivoire

Floor Discussion


10:00 –10:15                            Tea/Coffee Break



10:15 –11:45    Session 5:         African Development Bank Presentation

                        Session chair:   TBC

                        Presenter:         TBC, AfDB

Floor Discussion


11:45 –13:15    Sessions 6:       Policy Roundtable


Session chair:   Dr. Louis Kasekende, Deputy Governor, Bank of Uganda


  • Kealeboga Masalila, Deputy Governor, Bank of Botswana
  • Rose Ngugi, KIPPRA, Kenya
  • Nahoua Yeo, Directeur de Cabinet, Cote d’Ivoire
  • Dier Tong Ngorchoi, Deputy Governor, Bank of South Sudan
  • Milton Mahanga, Former Minister for Labour, Tanzania
  • Luscious Kanyumba, Former Minister for Youth Development, Malawi
  • Kheswar Jankee, Embassy of the Republic of Mauritius, Germany


13:15 – 13:25                             Vote of Thanks – Director of Research, AERC


13:25 –14:25                            Lunch Break

18:00 – 20:00                           Cocktail Reception