The opening remarks and session 1 was livestreamed.

Agenda - ATI 10th Anniversary Conference

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*Time: GMT + 4

Day 1 - Tuesday, January 23

08:15 - 08:45   Conference Registration
09:00 – 09:10  

Welcome by Mr. Sukhwinder Singh, Director AFRITAC South and ATI

Video Message by Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director

09:10 – 09:25  

Opening Remarks by Dr. The Hon. Renganaden Padayachy, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Mauritius

09:35 - 11:00   Session 1: Economic Policy Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) — Old and New
  • SSA’s Big Funding Squeeze: Is this time different?
  • Slowing growth, high inflation, and elevated public debt: what are the implications for macro policy
  • Geoeconomic fragmentation: what are the risks to growth, diversification and job creation?
  • Policy challenges from climate change and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI)

Chair: Mr. Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director, IMF African Department


  1. Mr. Michael Atingi-Ego, Deputy Governor, Bank of Uganda
  2. Mr. Godefroid Misenga Milabyo, Executive Secretary, COREF, Democratic Replublic of Congo
  3. Prof. Christopher Adam, University of Oxford
  4. Presentation: English | French| Portuguese


This session will be livestreamed on the IMF website.

11:00 - 11:30   Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:45   Session 2: Capacity Development (CD) Priorities and Challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Capacity Development in the time of the big funding squeeze: How? For whom? By whom?
  • How can CD help build economic resilience? Core and new areas for CD (legal and statistical capacity, climate change)
  • Improving policy implementation, including in fragile states

Chair: Mr. Dominique Desruelle, Director, IMF Institute for Capacity Development


  1. Dr. Olavo Correia, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Business Development and Minister of Digital Economy, Cabo Verde - Virtual Participation
  2. Mr. Brian Commettant, First Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Seychelles
  3. Prof. Robert Mudida, Director of Research, Central Bank of Kenya
  4. Ms. Kumiko Uchida, Deputy Director General, Japan International Cooperation Agency
12:45 - 14:00   Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:15   Session 3: Doing More with Less: Adapting to the Big Funding Squeeze
  • Raising revenue and spending more efficiently: can digitalization help?
  • Balancing debt with spending needs
  • Is there scope for mobilizing private finance? If so, in what areas?

Chair: Mr. Abdelhak Senhadji, Deputy Director, IMF Fiscal Affairs Department


  1. Hon. Prof. Mthuli Ncube, Minister of Finance, Zimbabwe
  2. Ms. Hanan Morsy, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECA - Virtual Participation
  3. Prof. Ugo Panizza, Geneva Graduate Institute

    Presentation: English | French| Portuguese

  4. Ms. Kalpana Kochhar, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - Virtual Participation
15:15 - 15:45   Coffee Break
15:45 – 15:50  

Video Message by Ms. Gita Gopinath, IMF First Deputy Managing Director

15:50 - 17:00   Session 4: ATI: The last Ten Years and the Next Five

Chair: Ms. Priscilla Muthoora, Resident Advisor, Africa Training Institute(ATI)


  1. Mr. Aivo Andrianarivelo, Governor, Central Bank, Madagascar
  2. Mr. Ali Mansoor, Chairman, Regional Multidisciplinary Center of Excellence (RMCE) - Virtual Participation
  3. Mr. Sukhwinder Singh, Director, , Africa Training Institute(ATI)

Day 2 - Wednesday, January 24

09:00 - 10:15   Session 5: Climate Change: Issues and Challenges for SSA
  • What are the key risks and challenges from climate change facing policymakers in SSA? How do these vary across country groups?
  • Climate and fragility
  • How are climate risks being factored into fiscal and monetary policies?
  • What are some of the obstacles in designing and implementing climate reforms?
  • What should be the key areas of focus of ATI’s CD in climate change?

Chair: Mr. Vimal Thakoor, Resident Advisor, Africa Training Institute(ATI)


  1. Hon. Agok Makur Kur Agok, Deputy Minister of Finance and Planning, South Sudan
  2. Ms. Irene Croisée, Executive Director, Office of the Secretary of State, Ministry of Finance, National Planning and Trade (Seychelles)
  3. Mrs. Florence Van Houtte, First Counsellor, European Union
  4. Dr. David Dutton, Assistant Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Climate and Environmental Diplomacy Branch - Virtual Participation
  5. Ms. Rhoda Weeks-Brown, General Counsel and Director of the IMF’s Legal Department
  6. Mr. Tobias Adrian, Financial Counsellor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Departments - Taking Steps to Ensure Financial Stability in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Face of Climate Change
10:15 - 10:45   Coffee Break
10:45 - 10:55   Remarks on Digitalization by Governor Harvesh Seegolam, Bank of Mauritius
10:55 - 12:00   Session 6: Digitalization: A Game-changer for Policymakers in SSA?
  • Fintech innovations and financial inclusion
  • What are the pre-requisites?
  • What are the challenges?

Chair: Mr. Albert Kroese, Chief Statistician and Data Officer and Director, IMF Statistics Department


  1. Dr. Maxwell Opoku-Afari, Deputy Governor, Bank of Ghana
  2. Dr. Kealaboga Masalila, Deputy Governor, , Bank of Botswana
  3. Dr. Esselina Macome, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Sector Deepening (FSD), Mozambique
12:00 - 12:30   Concluding Remarks and Key Take-aways
  1. Mr. Dominique Desruelle, Director, IMF Institute for Capacity Development
  2. Mr. Sukhwinder Singh, Director, Afritac South & Africa Training Institute(ATI)