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UG Spring 2018 Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa

Spring 2018 Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa

Domestic Revenue Mobilization and Private Investment (implications for Ghana)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

10:00 a.m.-12:50 p.m.

 ISSER Conference Facility, University of Ghana, Legon

 

 

Sub-Saharan Africa is set to enjoy modest economic recovery, driven largely by a more supportive external environment. However, public debt and financial systems vulnerabilities are rising and medium-term per capita growth is expected to plateau at just 1 percent a year on average. Turning the current recovery into durable growth calls for domestic policies to reduce vulnerabilities and raise medium-term growth potential. Sustained fiscal discipline anchored in stronger domestic revenue mobilization to provide fiscal space for needed investments in physical and human capital and structural policies to reduce market distortions and foster private investment are all key elements of such a strategy to promote growth.

 

Presenters:     Papa M Bagnick N’Diaye, Division Chief, Regional Studies Division, AFR, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

 

Annalisa Fedelino, Mission Chief for Ghana, Assistant Director, AFR, IMF

 

Jesus Gonzalez-Garcia, Senior Economist, Regional Studies Division, AFR, IMF

 

Moderator:    Prof. Felix A. Asante, Director, ISSER, University of Ghana

 

Discussants:   Prof. Godfred A. Bokpin, Head, Department of Finance, University of Ghana Business School, University of Ghana

 

Prof. Peter Quartey, Head, Department of Economics, University of Ghana

 

 

Program

 

10:00 a.m.    Registration

 

10:30 a.m.    Opening remarks

Natalia Koliadina, IMF Resident Representative

 

10:35 a.m.   Address by the Vice Chancellor

Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice Chancellor, University of Ghana

 

10:45 a.m.    Regional Economic Outlook—Presentations:

 

“Slow Recovery amid Growing Challenges”

Papa M Bagnick N’Diaye, Division Chief, Regional Studies Division

 

“Domestic Revenue Mobilization in Sub-Saharan Africa: Can More Be Done?”

Annalisa Fedelino, Mission Chief for Ghana

 

“Private Investment to Rejuvenate Growth”

Jesus Gonzalez-Garcia, Senior Economist, Regional Studies Division

 

11:30 a.m.       Panel discussion

 

11:50 a.m.       Questions and answers

 

12:15 p.m.      Closing Remarks

Prof. Felix A. Asante, Director, ISSER

 

12:20 p.m.      Refreshments

 

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