Press Release – Africa Growth Forum

Public Lecture

Professor Paul Collier, University of Oxford and Co-Director of the International Growth Centre (IGC) will deliver a public lecture on the theme “Development challenges for Africa” at the Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala on December 11, 2013 at 5.00pm.

“Africa has done well on average during the last decade, and it now has the opportunity to take growth to the next high level. The Africa Growth Forum is a chance to discuss new policy ideas to help countries do so.”

Professor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Governor, Bank of Uganda, will officially open the forum.

Africa Growth Forum 2013

The public lecture by Professor Collier will kick off the inaugural Africa Growth Forum, with a conference scheduled for December 12-13, 2013 at Kampala Serena Hotel where Government ministers and other senior policymakers, researchers and leading members of the private sector from Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia will join leading Western experts in Kampala to debate the major economic policy issues and challenges to sustainable economic growth.

The Prime Minister of Uganda Rt Hon. Amama Mbabazi will deliver the keynote address while Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development, Uganda, will chair the opening session of the conference.

The forum is organised by the IGC in conjunction with the Bank of Uganda and the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.

Executive Director of the IGC, Professor Jonathan Leape explains that “The IGC is a joint venture of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Oxford University. We have programmes in ten countries of the region and are working with governments to provide frontier research and policy analysis in response to their requests. We are lucky to have a network of leading economists from universities around the world to put at the disposition of governments in the region.”

Richard Newfarmer, IGC Country Director for Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda says: “The IGC is pleased to be working with the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Uganda in organising the first IGC Africa Growth Forum in Kampala. The conference offers the opportunity for Africans to learn from the experience of each other and take away new ideas that might be applied in their home countries.”

Forum Topics

Participants at the forum will discuss a range of key growth issues, including:

  • Exploiting Africa’s natural resources
  • Fiscal and monetary challenges in raising public investment
  • International and intraregional trade
  • Raising agricultural productivity in rural areas
  • Firm capabilities in the export sectors
  • Improving public sector quality and efficiency
  • Effective state governance

The deliberations during this first ever Africa Growth Forum are expected to impact on development strategies that African countries can pursue to achieve inclusive and sustainable economic prosperity.

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This statement was issued at the Africa Growth Forum 2013, held in Kampala, Uganda.