The Ethiopian Economic Associations (EEA) hosted the 2022 Africa Meeting of the Econometric Society virtually. This high-level meeting consists of opening session, plenary sessions, parallel sessions, symposia, a panel discussion, and a closing session. The meeting started with a two days hoteling lecture delivered by Professor Nobuhiro Kiyotaki from Princeton University from May 31st to June 1, 2022. The topic of his lecture is Liquidity, Financial Crises and Public Policy. Dr. Alemayehu Seyoum Tafesse, a chairperson of the scientific committee has moderated the session.
On June 02, 2022 an official opening session of the 2022 Africa Meeting was successfully commenced. In this session, an introductory remark by Alemayehu, a formal welcome speech by Dr. Amdissa Teshome, and a prerecorded opening remark by Professor Guido Tabellini were delivered.
H.E. Dr. Fitsum Assefa, a minister for the Ministry of Planning and Development of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia made an impressive official opening speech. In her speech, Dr. Fitsum emphasized the government’s firm commitment to collaboratively work with the EEA, the Econometric society and other national and international professional associations.
Distinguished speakers Professor Michael Kremer, winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, has delivered a keynote speech on a topic “Can Multiple Hypothesis Testing Requirements Distort Incentives for Data Collection and Publication?”. On June 03, a panel discussion was held on Inflation in Ethiopia: Drivers, Consequences, and Policy Options. Five prominent Ethiopian scholars Dr. Gegye Goshu from EEA, Mr. Zewdie Adane, from the Ministry of Planning and Development of Ethiopia, Mr. Kebour Ghenna from the Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Atnafu Gebremeskel from Addis Ababa University, and Mr. Helaway Tadesse, from the Independent Council of Economic Advisors in Ethiopia were the panelists.
Prof. Habiba Djebbari Tavneet Suri from Aix-Marseille University also made a keynote speech on Digitalization in Africa. Similarly, Professor Leonard Wantchekon from Princeton University made a keynote speech on “Political Distortions and Economic Development”.
Augustin Fosu from University of Ghana made a keynote speech on optimal selection among panel estimating procedures based on predictive performance. The meeting was concluded with successful organization of the annual general assembly on June 04, 2022. The virtual account rooms were being successfully managed by professionals recruited from AAU, EEA, and other institutions. EEA thanks Ritu and Eshita from Oxford abstract for providing technical support and training on virtual room management.
EEA has received financial support from African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), and EEA would like to thank AERC for supporting EEA to successfully host the ES conference.
EEA is also grateful to Prof. Yaw Nyarko a Chairperson and Dr. Prosper Dovonon a Secretary of the Africa Region Standing Committees of the Econometric Society for their all-rounded support.
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