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Twelfth Annual JRCPPF Conference: Catalyzing Macroeconomic Policy for Development in sub-Saharan Africa

Date & Time Feb 23 - 24 2023 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM
Location Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building
Ruehl Room 399
Speaker(s)
Abhijit Banerjee
Vera Songwe
Hippolyte Fofack
Ethan Kapstein
Adnan Khan
Cina Lawson
Ibrahim Mayaki
Atif Mian
Jacob Moscano
Victor Murinde
Abdoulaye Ndiaye
Catherine Pattillo
Nina Pavcnik
Zainab Usman
Leonard Wantchekon
Audience Open to the Public, Registration Required

As many have noted, Africa’s story will drive world history in the coming century. With 46 countries and close to 1.4 billion people, the continent is huge and diverse. It contains some of the world’s most fragile states and is home to some of humanity's most dynamic entrepreneurs. The continent’s population growth rate of 2.7% is more than double that of South Asia, and much of the population boom will happen in the sub-Saharan region. Meeting development goals for both present needs and future investment requires smart policy and coordinated action.

This year’s conference will explore the macroeconomic policies sub-Saharan African countries should pursue to support development, growth, and long-term economic resilience. The conference will bring together policymakers, academics, and industry experts to explore four areas that will be critical for catalyzing macroeconomic development: industrial policy, monetary and fiscal policies, macroprudential regulations, and regional integration.

The annual conferences hosted by Princeton's Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance convene preeminent researchers, policy experts, and market practitioners from across the globe to exchange ideas and shed new light on the most pressing economic issues of our time. The conference also gives our students exposure to diverse viewpoints and as well as opportunities to interact with leading academics and policymakers.

Keynote Speakers

Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe
Chair of the Board of Directors of the Liquidity & Sustainability Facility (LSF); co-Chair of the High-Level Panel on Climate Finance

Abhijit Banerjee

Abhijit Banerjee
Ford Foundation Professor of Economics, MIT

Thursday, February 23, 2023

3:15 – 3:30 PM |  WELCOME

3:30 – 4:50 PM | SESSION 1: TRADE & REGIONAL FLOWS

  • Ibrahim Mayaki, Former CEO, New Economic Partnership for African Development (AUDA-NEPAD)

  • Hippolyte Fofack, Chief Economist, Director of Research, Africa Export-Import Bank

  • Nina Pavcnik, Professor, Dartmouth

  • Leonard Wantchekon, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Princeton University; Founder, African School of Economics (moderator)

5:00 – 6:00 PM | KEYNOTE: Vera Songwe, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Liquidity & Sustainability Facility (LSF); Former Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA)

6:00 – 7:00 PM | RECEPTION FOR CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS AND ATTENDEES

7:00 PM | DINNER (INVITATION ONLY)

Friday, February 24, 2023

9:00 – 10:30 AM | SESSION 2: INDUSTRIAL POLICY

  • Jacob Moscona, Prize Fellow, Harvard University
  • Cina Lawson, Minister for Digital Economy and Digital Transformation
  • Zainab Usman, Senior Fellow, and Director of the Africa Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • (moderator) Ethan Kapstein, Visiting Professor and Associate Director of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, Princeton University

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM | SESSION 3: INTERNATIONAL FINANCE, DEBT SUSTAINABILITY, AND MANAGING CAPITAL FLOWS

  • Chris Canavan, Managing Partner, Lions Head Global Capital
  • Jill Dauchy, Founder and CEO, Potomac Group
  • Victor Murinde, Professor of International Finance, School of Oriental and African Studies; Founding Director and Professor, The African Development Institute at the African Development Bank
  • Aart Kraay, Director of Development Policy in the Development Economics Vice Presidency and Deputy Chief Economist, World Bank Group
  • (moderator) Layna Mosley, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

12:15 – 12:30 PM | LUNCH

12:45 – 1:45 PM | KEYNOTE: Abhijit Banerjee, Ford Foundation Professor of Economics, MIT

2:00 – 3:30 PM |  SESSION 4: FISCAL AND MONETARY POLICY

  • Adnan Khan, Chief Economist to the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) of the UK
  • Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Professor of Economics, NYU
  • Catherine Pattillo, Deputy Director for the Africa Region, IMF
  • (moderator) Atif Mian

3:45 – 4:00 PM | CLOSING REMARKS

Speaker Biographies


Chris Canavan, Managing Partner, Lions Head Global Capital

Jill Dauchy, Founder and CEO, Potomac Group

Hippolyte Fofack, Chief Economist and Director of Research, Africa Export-Import Bank

Ethan Kapstein, Visiting Professor and Associate Director of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, Princeton University

Adnan Khan, Chief Economist and Director of Economics and Evaluation Directorate, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

Aart Kraay, Director of Development Policy in the Development Economics Vice Presidency and Deputy Chief Economist, World Bank Group

Cina Lawson, Minister for Digital Economy and Digital Transformation, Govt. of Togo

Ibrahim Mayaki, former CEO New Economic Partnership for African Development (AUDA-NEPAD)

Atif Mian, John H. Laporte, Jr. Class of 1967 Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Finance; Director, Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance, Princeton University

Jacob Moscano, Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics, Harvard University

Layna Mosley, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Victor Murinde, Professor of International Finance, SOAS; Founding Director, The African Development Institute, AfDB

Abdoulaye Ndiaye, Assistant Professor of Economics, NYU

Catherine Pattillo, Deputy Director for the Africa Region, IMF

Nina Pavcnik, Niehaus Family Professor in International Studies, Dartmouth University

Zainab Usman, Senior Fellow, and Director of the Africa Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Leonard Wantchekon, James Madison Professor of Political Economy, Princeton University; Founder, African School of Economics

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