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IMF Africa Regional Economic Outlook

Africa continues to experience great opportunities for growth while also facing several great challenges. Sustained economic growth, income inequality, gender disparities, and competitiveness in the global trade arena are all issues with the potential to make or break the continent’s development as a region. The African Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) publishes the Regional Economic Outlook (REO): Sub-Saharan Africa report twice a year. The Africa REO reviews economic developments and trends in the region. This event will feature presentations of the three REO chapters and a discussion by external experts and IIEP faculty of the topical areas covered in the reports. The full report will be available on the IMF website on Tuesday, October 27th.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the International Monetary Fund.

Friday, November 9, 2015

8:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Lindner Commons, Room 602

George Washington University

The Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E Street NW, Washington, D.C.

Dealing with the Gathering Clouds

Celine Allard

Lead Author of the Africa Regional Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund

Frederick L. Joutz

Professor of Economics, George Washington University

Augustin Fosu

Professor, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana

Competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa: Marking Time or Moving Ahead

Bhaswar Mukhopadhyay

Deputy Division Chief, African Department, International Monetary Fund

Fariha Kamal

Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Bureau of the Census

Danny Leipziger

George Washington University and the Growth Dialogue

Inequality and Economic Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dalia Hakura

Deputy Division Chief, International Monetary Fund

James Foster

Professor of Economics and International Affairs, George Washington University


08:50-9:00 AM Opening Remarks

Stephen C. Smith, IIEP Director, and Celine Allard, IMF Lead Author

9:00-10:00 AM Session 1: Dealing with the Gathering Clouds

Speakers will discuss recent developments in the region, the economic outlook for sub-Saharan Africa, and policy recommendations to tackle the challenges countries in the region are facing.

10:00-10:15 AM Coffee Break

10:15-11:15 AM Session 2: Competitiveness in Sub-Saharan Africa: Marking Time or Moving Ahead

11:15-11:30 AM Coffee Break

11:30-12:30 PM Session 3: Inequality and Economic Outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa

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