Finance Minister Mustafa Mkulo

According to a press statement availed to media outlets at the weekend, the theme for the forum is, ‘Health, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in sub-Saharan Africa.

The statement said the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) Governor Prof Benno Ndulu will also give a keynote address.

AERC was established in 1988 as a public not-for-profit organisation devoted to the advancement of economic policy research and training. AERC’s mission is to strengthen local capacity for conducting independent, rigorous inquiry into the problems facing the management of economies in sub-Saharan Africa.

That mission rests on two basic premises: First, that development is more likely to occur where there is sustained sound management of the economy and second, that such management is more likely to happen where there is an active, well-informed group of locally based professional economists to conduct policy-relevant research.

Specifically, then, AERC intends to enhance the capacity of locally based researchers to conduct policy-relevant economic inquiry, promote the retention of such capacity and encourage its application in the policy context.

Donor governments, private foundations, and African and international organisations support the AERC programme, which has two primary components: research and training.

The AERC research programme uses a flexible approach towards improving the technical skills of local researchers, allowing for regional determination of research priorities and strengthening national institutions concerned with economic policy research.

The programme also fosters closer ties between researchers and policy makers. The Training Programme supports both master’s and doctoral level studies in economics and helps improve the capacities of departments of economics in public universities across the continent. A comprehensive communications and outreach strategy encourages the application of AERC products to economic policy making.

By DAVID KISANGA, The Guardian

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