SWAZILAND ECONOMIC CONFERENCE 2017 - Format of the Conference

Concept Note And Call for Papers

SWAZILAND ECONOMIC CONFERENCE 2017

Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth in Swaziland

Mbabane, Swaziland, October 25 – 27, 2017


Format of the Conference

The conference will be jointly organised by the Swaziland Economic Policy Analysis and Research Centre, the Central Bank of Swaziland, and the University of Swaziland and will be held on 24 – 26 October, 2017, in Swaziland. Key discussions topics will focus on the broad theme of the Conference which is “Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth in Swaziland” and will enable rich deliberations and scholarship on a broad range of economic issues in Swaziland. Furthermore, the 2017 SEC will provide valuable insights for improved policy making in Swaziland.

The two-and-a-half-day Conference will provide a number of plenary sessions on the themes listed in Table 1 below. These will feature presentations and discussions by prominent local academics, policymakers, the private sector, opinion leaders, government officials, and representatives from the country’s development partners. Breakout sessions will be used for more in-depth discussions and technical analyses of prominent topics related to the thematic focus of the Conference.

Table 1: Key Themes for Discussions at the Swaziland Economic Conference 2017

Themes Sub-themes/discussion
1. Accelerating rural transformation Increasing agricultural productivity, science and technology policy, information communications technology, innovation, assets, access to finance for women and youth, eliminating slums, access to land, and financial inclusion;
2. Strengthening the financial sector Financial markets, market regulation, and achieving economic prosperity;
3. Promoting inclusive growth and development Through agro-allied industrialisation; infrastructure and human capital development, sound macro-economic management, research and development, investment, and institutions
4. Fostering inclusiveness and reducing poverty Impact of government’s strategies for social service delivery, including rural infrastructure.
5. Mitigating weather-related risks and building resilience Environment, droughts, climate change, and rural agriculture risk insurance.
6. Structural and macroeconomic reforms Deregulating the insurance industry; transitioning from Customs and Excise to a revenue authority; The relevance of agricultural Marketing Boards; Developing and sharing economic datasets.