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WFU professor co-edits new book on African economic policy

November 16, 2007

Sylvain Boko, Zachary T. Smith Associate Professor of Economics at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, is co-editor of a new book, “NEPAD and the Future of Economic Policy in Africa,” published by Africa World Press.

Diery Seck, director of the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), based in Dakar, Senegal, co-edited the volume.

The African Union established the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) in October 2001, at a summit in Abuja, Nigeria.  The NEPAD program is a framework for socio-economic development in Africa through poverty reduction, immersion in the global system and increased investment.

In 2005, the African Finance and Economic Association and the IDEP organized an international conference on the NEPAD, in Dakar, Senegal.  Boko and Seck co-chaired the conference, which was attended by researchers, academics and representatives of governmental and nongovernmental organizations from Africa, the United States and Europe.  The new book contains selected research papers presented at the conference that were chosen for their rigorous analysis of such subjects as agriculture, market access, institutional reform and finance.

"The book is intended to serve as a handbook for African policy-makers,” Boko says.  “In it, they will find practical recommendations for improving the implementation of the NEPAD framework, from increasing foreign investments to setting up mechanisms that ensure participation by the institutions of civil society.  The book may also be useful for researchers, students and professors interested in African economic policy.”

Boko is the author of “Decentralization and Reform in Africa” and other books and articles on economic development in Africa.  He serves as a consultant on regional development projects in Africa and is also the former president and current board chairman of the African Finance and Economic Association.

The book is available for purchase directly from the publisher at its Web site,

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