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Tapping Africa’s Growth and Poverty Reduction Potentials
Start Date: Sep 06, 2012
End Date: Sep 07, 2012
Venue: Pullman Teranga Hotel, Dakar, Senegal
Description: How to Make African Economic Lions

The Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network (PEGNet), in association with Partnership for Economic Policy, is hosting a two-day conference entitled ‘How to Make African Economic Lions: Tapping Africa’s Growth and Poverty Reduction Potentials’, from 6-7 September 2012 in Senegal.

The conference will provide a platform for high-level dialogue between development researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. The two conference days will feature parallel sessions based on invited and contributed papers as well as project presentations. These sessions will be complemented by a debate, a round-table discussion, and keynote speeches by renowned speakers from academia, economic policy and development practice. Confirmed speakers include Augustin K. Fosu (WIDER) for the main keynote, Hosaena Ghebru Hagos (IFPRI) for the young professional keynote and Mwangi S. Kimenyi (Brookings Institution) and Christian Wessels (Roland Berger Strategy Consultants) for the debate. In addition, the PEGNet Best Practice Award will be awarded for the fourth time to best practices in cooperation between researchers and practitioners. While plenary sessions will focus on the conference theme, parallel sessions and Best Practice Award projects are open to all topics surrounding PEGNet‘s core theme, i.e. the nexus between poverty, equity, and growth.

There seems to be dynamism and drive in Africa. The continent’s average growth is almost five times the Euro zone average growth and some of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Sub Saharan Africa. Some observers believe that Africa will play an increasingly important role in the global economy while others raise critical questions on how sustainable the current development is. Yet, the sources of Africa’s increased economic momentum and likely staying power are not well understood. Is the acceleration in growth a sign of hard-earned progress or the result of a commodity boom? How will Africa’s long-term growth reflect interrelated social and demographic changes, such as the rise of the African urban consumer? Will the lack of a strong manufacturing base hinder long-term growth prospects? How important is the private sector in achieving broad-based growth?

Taking an African perspective, the conference will discuss scientific results and practical experiences on a number of channels through which public policy, private economic activity, aid, and social and demographic developments have an impact on development.

The registration deadline is 15 August 2012.

For more information and/or to register, refer to http://goo.gl/ip0Sn. The completed registration document should be e-mailed to pegnet@ifw-kiel.de.

For more about the conference, refer to www.pegnet.ifw-kiel.de/activities/events/pegnet-conference-2012.

For more about the Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network, refer to www.pegnet.ifw-kiel.de.

Website: http://www.pegnet.ifw-kiel.de/activities/events/pegnet-conference-2012
Created By: CPSI
Organizers: Poverty Reduction, Equity and Growth Network, Partnership for Economic Policy
Participation Requirements: Open

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