Annual African Review of Economics and Finance Conference

Event Serial66982
Event TypeConferences
Event Date from2019-08-29 to 2019-08-30
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Location Johannesburg, South Africa

CALL FOR PAPERS – Annual African Review of Economics and Finance Conference: 29 – 30 August 2019

Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand

Theme: The political economy of Africa’s development

Venue: Wits Business School, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


Prof. Imhotep Paul Alagidede, Wits Business School, and Editor-in-Chief, African Review of Economics and Finance.

Prof. Franklin Obeng-Odoom, University of Helsinki, and Editor, African Review of Economics and Finance.

Dr. Jones Odei Mensah, Wits Business School, and Associate Editor, African Review of Economics and Finance.

Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Achille Mbembe

Research Professor, Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand,South Africa

Prof. Chibuzo N. Nwoke 
Vice Chancellor Oduduwa University, Ille Ife, Nigeria

The African Review of Economics and Finance (AREF) is pleased to call attention to the 2019 annual conference, which will be hosted at Wits Business School in Johannesburg from 29 to 30 August 2019.  The AREF conference is the premier conference on economics and finance in Africa.  The conference brings together academics, policy makers, doctoral students and practitioners from around the world to present research, network and collaborate. The conference aims to be transdisciplinary, so papers can be written from within, across, and between disciplines, as well as from outside disciplinary boundaries. The conference theme is ‘The political economy of Africa’s development’. The topics of interest include the following:

Topics will include issues around the following

  • Political economy
  • Economics of development
  • Emerging financial markets
  • Microfinance
  • Global commodity markets
  • Trade and development
  • Environmental economics
  • Industrial organisation
  • Accounting and finance
  • Mathematical economics
  • Agriculture and natural resources
  • Development planning
  • History of economic thought
  • Health, education and welfare
  • Law and economics
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Microeconomics
  • Corporate governance
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Prudential regulation
  • Financial economics
  • Digital business and finance
  • Econometric methods
  • Public sector economics
  • Development finance
  • Islamic finance
  • Business administration
  • Banking and finance
  • Urban and real estate economics
  • Growth and inequality
  • Macro and monetary economics
  • Labour and demography
  • Energy policy & management

As this list is not exhaustive, you are welcome to discuss any other topics with the conference chairs.


The call for the submission of full papers or abstracts for review is now open. All abstracts should include a title, keywords, authors’ names, affiliation and an email address. The abstract should not exceed 500 words.

There is more information about the conference on the following website

Submit your full papers or  abstract  in English, on  or before May 1, 2019 preferably in  MS Word format  by following the instructions on the conference website


Abstract submission deadline: 1 May 2019.

Notification of acceptance: 15 May 2019.

Deadline for payment 25 June 2019, thereafter, penalties apply.


The registration fees are as follows (2 paper limit per author; fees are non-refundable): $485 for academics; and $264 for graduate students (proof of student registration is required).

The registration fee covers coffee breaks, lunches and conference material.


The Editor-in-chief of the Review of International Business and Finance (RIBAF) will present a seminar on how to publish in high impact journals and the mechanics of avoiding desk rejections. Register your interest in this very educative seminar presented by one of the leading editors in economics and finance with the conference organisers. Spaces are limited so pre-booking is essential.


Authors of papers accepted for presentation at the 2019 conference will be invited to submit their papers for consideration in a Special Issue of the Research in  International Business and Finance(RIBAF) and the African Review of Economics and Finance (AREF).

RIBAF will focus on the mainstream finance and international business themes while AREF will consider papers on the theme of the conference.

A call for papers will be sent out after the conference.


The conference proceedings will be published in book form that complies fully with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training requirements for accreditation.


The A.K. Fosu prize will be awarded to recognise high quality research presented at the annual AREF conference. This highly competitive award is made to the author(s) of the paper judged by the editors of AREF to be the best presented at the conference. The A.K Fosu prize was initiated by organisers of the AREF conference to honour the contributions of the great economist and academic leader, Professor Extraordinary Augustin Kwasi Fosu (


  • The award is open to all conference participants, however, interested delegates need to apply specifically and indicate whether they want their paper(s) to be considered for the award.
  • Papers are subjected to the normal African Review of Economics and Finance peer review process.
  • Papers deemed publishable by the panel of reviewers will be presented to the team of AREF editors.
  •  The award winner is selected by a vote of all the editors based on the review reports and a further assessment by the editors.
  • The Executive Director of AREF Consult informs the award recipient of the outcome.

Benefits: Recipients are given a $300 honorarium, an award certificate, and the opportunity to develop the paper further for publication in AREF.

To be considered for the Best Conference Paper Award, check the box of the A.K Fosu prize or submit your paper directly to: Prof. Franklin Obeng-Odoom,


The 2019 AREF conference will take place at the Wits Business School. “Wits Business School” is the Graduate School of Business Administration in the University of the Witwatersrand, one of the top tertiary institutes in Africa. The School offers a variety of postgraduate academic programmes and executive education programmes as well as weekly public seminars. WBS also designs tailor‐made, in‐company programmes, partnering with client organisations to develop management capacity. With a full suite of programmes on offer, WBS delivers innovative, transformative, and immersive learning experiences using generative thinking methodologies.

The School’s aim is to deliver leaders who can fashion the future of Africa and raise the values‐bar on how business is done on the continent. Learning is therefore relevant to the challenges and opportunities that we face on this continent, providing students with a deep understanding of the complexities of doing business in Africa within a global context.

Wits is recognised internationally as a leading research university. More WBS faculty have PhDs than any other business school on the continent and include several NRF‐rated scholars. WBS has an extensive Management Library, 24‐hour meeting rooms and Africa’s largest Case Study Centre, housing over 200 real‐life cases that bring relevant business challenges into the classroom. The main campus is in Parktown and our satellite campus is in Braamfontein, both in Johannesburg, the vibrant, commercial hub of the continent. For more information on the Wits Business School, please visit:

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