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Theme: Applied Research in Accounting, Finance,
Insurance and Economics on Africa

21 - 22 May 2019

Venue: Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The African Finance Association in partnership with Africagrowth Institute, Chartered Institute of Development Finance, the Development Finance Centre (GSB) and several academic, financial, banking and research institutions, will be hosting the 16th Annual African Finance Association Conference in Zimbabwe on the 21-22 May 2019. The conference will bring together academic, banking, financial and insurance researchers and practitioners throughout Africa and beyond to discuss issues impacting on banking, finance and insurance sectors in Africa. The emphasis of the conference will be on high-quality practitioners discussions and empirical research presentations focusing on issues relevant to emerging trends in banking, finance and i nsurance which have special relevance to Africa’s development. The conference will focus (not exclusively) on the following:

Topics will include issues around the following
  • Emerging Stock Markets Research
  • Microfinance
  • Emerging Corporate Finance
  • Commodities Markets Research
  • Emerging Bond Markets Research
  • Trade Finance
  • Environmental Finance
  • Responsible Investment
  • Development Accounting
  • Development Economics
  • Agricultural Finance
  • Capital Adequacy & Planning: Exploring the future for capital in the banking sector
  • Export Finance
  • Insurance Finance in Africa
  • Emerging Banking Research;
  • Corporate Governance
  • Regulatory Issues in Africa;
  • SME Finance;
  • Issues on the Basel Accord;
  • FDI and Portfolio Investment in Africa;
  • Financial Risk Management in Emerging Markets;
  • Other areas of Development Finance and Economics
  • Islamic Finance
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Credit Risk Analysis
  • Retail banking in Africa
  • Growth of mobile banking in Africa
  • Corporate Finance and Investments
Scientific Committee
  • Prof. Kalu Ojah (Universit of Witwatersrand)
  • Prof. Mills Soko (Univ. of Cape Town)
  • Prof. Charles Adjasi (University of     Stellenbosch)
  • Prof. Kwaku Opong (University of Glasgow)
  • Dr. O.O Othata (University of Bostwana)
  • Prof. Smile Dube (California State University, Sacramento)
  • Prof Eskandar Tooma (The American University in Cairo)
  • Dr. Kenneth Mwenda, (World Bank)
  • Dr. Rose Ngugi (KIPPRA, Kenya)
  • Prof. Joel Eita (University of Johannesburg)
  • Dr. Esman Nyamongo (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Maureen Were (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Adeleke Salami (African Development Bank)
  • Dr. Frances Obafemi (University of Calabar, Nigeria)
  • Dr. Michael Olagunju (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)
  • Prof. Nicholas Biekpe (University of Cape Town & Africagrowth Institute)
  • Prof. Nicholas Odhiambo  (UNISA)
  • Prof. Matthew Ocran (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)
  • Dr. John Mutenyo (Brookings Institute, USA)
  • Prof Sheriffdeen Tella (Olabisi Onabanjo University)
  • Prof Franklin Michello (Middle Tennessee State University)
  • Dr. Lucas Njoroge (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Roseline Misati (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Moses Sichei (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Anne Kamau (Central Bank of Kenya)
  • Dr. Moses Kiptui (KSMS Research Centre, Kenya)
  • Prof. Heinz Klingelhofer (Tshwane University of Technology)
  • Dr. Sephooko Motelle (Central Bank of Lesotho)
  • Dr. Michael Adebiyi (Central Bank of Nigeria)
  • Dr. Zwelakhe Tshandu (Development Bank of Southern Africa)
  • Dr. Anthony Coleman (Afreximbank)
  • Dr. Patricia Makoni (University of South Africa)
  • Dr. Abdul Latif Alhassan (University of Cape Town)
  • Dr. Odongo Kodongo (University of Witwatersrand)

The African Finance Association is affiliated to a number of flagship publications including African Finance Journal, Review of Development Finance, Africagrowth Agenda and Development Finance Agenda. The African Finance Journal, is IBSS, Scopus, and Econlit listed and accredited by the South African governments and Department of Education for subsidy purpose. Review fof Development Finance is both Scopus, CABS and IBSS listed and Africagrowth Agenda is IBSS listed.

A Special Conference Issue of the African Finance Journal will be published and authors are encouraged to submit their articles to be considered for the issue. Certificate of participation will be issued to all authors. In addition to this, all abstracts will be published as conference proceedings on our website.

An award of $300 and a certificate of excellence will be awarded to the author of the best paper presented at the conference.

DEADLINES (These dates will not be extended)

Submission of abstracts - 28 February 2019
Submission of full papers - 31 March 2019
Payment of registration fee - 30 April 2019


The Conference organizing committee includes: Professor Nicholas Biekpe (Conference Chair), Dina Potgieter (Executive Manager)

All scientific questions to be addressed to Professor Biekpe:
Abstract, paper submission and all other questions: Dina Potgieter:

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