March 9—Bank of Uganda (BoU) together with the Nairobi-based African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), will host a senior policy seminar on March 12 and 13 with the broad theme of ‘Regional Integration in Africa’. This is the twentieth in the series and involves a round-table mix of policy makers, paper presenters, and several talks from invited private sector actors. The AERC was set up in 1988.
Donor governments, private foundations, and African and international organisations support the AERC programme, which has two primary components of research and training.
There are four main objectives for the upcoming seminar. First is to identify possible areas of policy-oriented research for AERC-funded researchers to consider; to improve prospects for policy involvement by AERC-funded researchers; to increase AERC visibility in the policy community, highlighting the growing capacity in the region for policy research and to provide an opportunity for policy makers and researchers to exchange their experiences and views on macroeconomic policy.
The Consortium’s mission is to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into the problems facing the management of economies in sub-Saharan Africa. AERC achieves much of this through a long-standing collaborative and networking framework of its research and training programmes, with the support of an interactive communications and outreach programmes and backed by a comprehensive management and administration component.
The AERC Senior Policy Seminar provides an opportunity for policy makers and researchers to engage in uninterrupted deliberations on a set of important issues considered significant to policy. The seminar format insulates the policy makers from pressures related to their responsibilities and, thus, creates an environment for lively professional discourse on the selected issue.