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May 04, 2009

African Trade & Development Conference - Call for Papers

The future for hundreds of millions of Africans lies in promoting the rule of law and the development of trade, business, and enhancing investment opportunities in an era of globalization. In light of this, the Kansas African Studies Center in collaboration with the Eisenhower International Law Society and the Department of Economics at the University of Kansas (KU) cordially invites you to an interdisciplinary conference focusing on issues of trade and development affecting Africa in the 21st century.

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together Africanist scholars and business experts who specialize in trade, investment and finance issues in Africa. African diplomats and representatives from businesses that engage in trade and investment in Africa will also be invited to participate. Plenary sessions will feature keynote speakers who are experts and scholars in this field. Visit http://www.kasc.ku.edu/programs/conferences/2009/Speakers.shtml.

This conference will feature topics targeting the following areas:
-Globalization and how this has affected trade in or with Africa
-Governance and its effects on working with African businesses
-The role of new technologies in business and trade in and with Africa
-Trade imbalance between Africa and the West and the implications on African businesses
-Legal and financial impediments to business growth in Africa
-African Free Trade Agreements and Customs Unions
-Africa’s debt crisis, IMF and World Bank policies
-Best practices in African entrepreneurship
-The role of education in economic development
-The role of women in African economic development (formal and informal sectors)
-Role played by Agriculture in the African Economy

Abstracts
Proposals focusing on the above or other related areas are welcome. They should include a title and not exceed 250 words.

Collaborative panels, poster sessions, and graduate research papers are also encouraged.

Submission Deadline
The deadline for abstract submissions is June 30th, 2009

Cost, Travel and Accommodation
There is NO COST for attendance, but participants will be expected to pay for their travel meals and hotel accommodations. Rooms have been reserved in convenient locations-Spring Hill Suites Marriot (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lwcks-springhill-suites-lawrence/) and The Holiday Inn Express (http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hotel/lwrks). Please contact us for more information if you need help with shuttle or hotel reservations.

Letters of Invitation for those living outside the U.S
If you would like to participate and live outside the country, contact us for an invitation letter to present to the Consular Office in your country of residence.

Publications
Papers from the proceedings will be published in an edited book. Other selected papers will be published in the Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy of the KU Law School.

Conference Sponsors
This conference is made possible by The Department of Education Title VI Grant and The Chancellors Office, KU

Send abstracts to: Jane Irungu| University of KS |KASC |1440 Jayhawk Blvd. Bailey 10,| Lawrence KS 66045 |Phone (785)864-1064 | Fax: (785)864-5330

Posted by kpfister at May 4, 2009 02:29 PM

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