AERC Plenary Session on

“Africa’s Energy Renewal”

At Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg South Africa

                                 Sunday, June 4, 2017


Chair of Session:                                         Gov. Lesetja Kganyago, Governor South African Reserve Bank

Opening session:  09:00- 09:30

Welcoming remarks:                                 Prof. Lemma W. Senbet, Executive Director, AERC

                                                                           Ms. Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Chief Executive, SAIIA

Opening:                                                        Gov. Lesetja Kganyago, Governor South Africa Reserve Bank (Chief Guest)

                                                                          Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Executive Secretary, SADC

First session: 09:30–11:00

Paper 1:   Beyond the grid: engineering, institutions and finance

 Presenter(s):             Prof. Laurence Harris, University of London, UK Discussant:               Dr Rabah Arezki, International Monetary Fund (IMF),


Floor Discussion


11:00–11.30      Tea/Coffee Break


Second session: 11:30–13:00

Paper 2:                    To what extent do good Policies and Governance matter in attracting investment in energy in Africa?

Presenter:                 Prof. Sy, Amadou Nicolas Racine, IMF, USA

Discussant:               Dr.  Keith  Jefferis,  Econsult   Botswana;   Former  Deputy Governor, Bank of Botswana.



 Floor Discussion

 13:00-14:30              Lunch Break

 Third session:              14:30–16:00

Paper 3:                   Renewable Electricity Generation: Implications of Cost, Returns and Investments to African Economies

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

Discussant:               (TBC)

Floor Discussion

16:00–16:15             Tea/Coffee Break


Fourth session: 16:15– 18:15  Public/Private Sector Policy Panel

 Chair:                        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


Panellists:                      -Dr. Keith Jefferis, Managing Director, Econsult Botswana

– Prof. Amadou Sy, Advisor, African Department, IMF

-Ms. Tasneem Essop, National Planning Commission, South Africa

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

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

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


Floor Discussion

18:00 – 18:15   Wrap-up:                  Dr. Witness Simbanegavi, Director of Research, AERC

Social Event:              Dinner