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Postconflict Economics in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thursday, May 5, 2005 12:30–2:00 p.m.
(light refreshments will be served)
Meeting Hall B (Visitors enter via the IMF Center)
720 19th St. NW, Washington, DC

Transcript of the proceedings

This Book Forum is free and open to the public.


For security reasons, please RSVP to or call (202) 623-7001. A picture ID will be required; persons and bags will be screened.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow for these additional measures. Visitors should enter through the IMF Center, 720 19th St. NW.

Only IMF/World Bank Staff ID holders should use IMF main entrance at 700 19th St. NW.

Moderated by:

Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané, Director of the African Department, IMF.
Mr. Bio-Tchané was Benin's Minister of Finance and Economy 1998-2002. He holds masters degrees in economics from the University of Dijon and in banking from Centre ouest-africain de formation et d'études bancaires in Dakar. He began his career as an economist in the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), rising to Director of the Economic and Monetary Survey Department.


Jean Clément, Assistant Director, IMF African Department and book editor, and Ragnar Gudmundsson, IMF Economist and contributing author, will present their main findings.

Xavier Devictor, WorldBank; Abdoulaye Bio-Tchané, Nicholas Staines, Bernard Laurens, Jacob Gons, Benoît Mercereau, and Wim Fonteyne, IMF Economists and contributing authors, will be on hand to answer questions.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the third largest country in Africa, is making significant strides to extricate itself from one of the bloodiest wars in the continent's history, which resulted in millions of deaths. Focusing on the DRC's turnaround as well as its considerable stabilization and reconstruction challenges, "Postconflict Economics in Sub-Saharan Africa" draws lessons for postconflict countries worldwide.

Join the authors for a lively discussion about the challenges facing postconflict economies.