Participant List

 

NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

 

NBER Africa Project

Policy-Oriented Conference:

Meeting the Next Macroeconomic Challenges in Africa

 

Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil, Organizers

 

In collaboration with the Bank of Tanzania

 

December 18-19, 2012

 

Hotel Melia Zanzibar

Zanzibar, Tanzania

 

PROGRAM

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 17

 

 

6:00 pm

Optional buffet dinner in main dining room, Spices Restaurant

 

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18

 

 

8:00 am

Continental breakfast

 

 

9:00 am

Welcome and introductions, African House Meeting Room

 

 

MONETARY UNION: LESSONS LEARNED ELSEWHERE AND STRATEGIES FOR EAST AFRICA

CHAIR: SEBASTIAN EDWARDS, University of California, Los Angeles, and NBER

 

 

9:10 am

Regional Integration: What Does Europe Teach Us?

 

Speaker: ROBERT LAWRENCE, Harvard University and NBER

 

 

10:30 am

Coffee break

 

 

10:50 am

Fiscal Foundations of Monetary Union in East Africa

 

Speaker: STEPHEN O’CONNELL, Swarthmore College

 

 

12:10 pm

Lunch

 

 

CHAIR: SIMON JOHNSON, MIT and NBER

 

 

1:30 pm

East African Transport Costs in the Short-run and the Long-run

 

Speaker: CHRISTOPHER ADAM, Oxford University

 

2:50 pm

Coffee break

 

3:10 pm

Financial Integration in the East African Community

 

Speaker: S. KAL WAJID, IMF

 

4:30 pm

Adjourn

 

 

6:00 pm

Reception and private dinner in Aqua Restaurant

 

 

Keynote speaker: AMINA KH. SHAABAN, Executive Director, Planning Commission for Finance, Economy and Development-Zanzibar, Office of the President of Tanzania

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19

 

 

8:00 am

Continental breakfast

 

 

THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS: LESSONS AND STRATEGIES FOR AFRICA

CHAIR: SEBASTIAN EDWARDS, University of California, Los Angeles, and NBER

 

 

9:00 am

The Great Leveraging

 

Speaker: ALAN TAYLOR, University of Virginia and NBER

 

10:20 am

Coffee break

 

 

10:40 am

The Next Financial Crisis

 

Speaker: SIMON JOHNSON, MIT and NBER

 

 

12:00 noon

Lunch

 

 

MANAGING RESOURCE BOOMS

CHAIR: DAVID N. WEIL, Brown University and NBER

 

 

1:30 pm

Dealing with the Resource Curse: How Can Commodity Exporters Reduce Procylicality?

 

Speaker: JEFFREY FRANKEL, Harvard University and NBER

 

2:50 pm

Coffee break

 

 

3:10 pm

The Macroeconomic Management of External Resources

 

Speaker: ANDREW BERG, IMF

 

 

4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

 

 

4:40 pm

Adjourn

 

 

6:00 pm

Private dinner in Jetty Restaurant, hosted by Governor Benno Ndulu

 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20

 

 

8:00 am

Continental breakfast

 

 

 

Optional sightseeing to Stone Town, the historic capital of Zanzibar, and the Kizimbani Agricultural Research Station, where crops and farming methods are tested, including for dozens of spices.

 

 

 

 

 

Note on Time Allocation:

            Speakers:                 20 min.
            General discussion: 60 min.

Updated 12/19/2012