SIER 2016 will take place in Benin (Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou) from December 12 to 17. It consists of three sessions:
- Session 1: Training on Research Design (December 12-13)
- Session 2: Presentation of Research (Conference) (December 14-16)
Session 3: Policy Forum and ASE Commencement Day (December 17)
Beginning on Monday, December 12th, the Summer Institute for Economic Research (SIER 2016) ended Saturday, December 17th, with the Policy Forum and the graduation ceremony of the first cohort of masters students of the African School of Economics, at the “Palais des Congress” de Cotonou.
From Monday to Tuesday, around 100 participants were trained on research design, by instructors from Yale (USA), Makerere (Uganda), Navarra (Spain) and Paris 10 (France). Wednesday to Friday, featured conference presentations and put many ASE students on stage. The presenters spoke on terrific economic research related to issues such as conflict, climate change, and sub-regional cooperation.
During this time, the mayor of Abomey-Calavi, the town where ASE is located, Georges Bada, paid a visit to the school, he was very impressed by what he saw and encouraged everyone to keep up with the academic excellence.
The policy forum on Saturday started with a debate on advanced scientific research in Africa, with Professor Kizito Omala from University of Makerere (Uganda) and University of California at Berkeley (United States) as a chairperson, and as speakers, Professor Léonard Wantchekon, founder of ASE and professor at Princeton University (United States) and Wilfried Gangbo a Mathematics professor at UCLA (United States).
In the second part, the audience listened to Léandre Adifon, vice president of Enterprise Systems Engineering and Advanced Technology (USA). His address was titled “The Technological Challenges and Opportunities of Developing Countries by 2030”. Aristide Adjinakou, a counsellor of the President of Benin, attended the address as well.