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GTAP Events: 17th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis

17th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis
"New Challenges in Food Policy, Trade and Economic Vulnerability"

King Fahd Palace Hotel
Dakar, Senegal

Dates/Deadlines (Eastern Standard Time)

Final Papers April 15
Invitation Letter Requests April 15
Early Registration Jan 13 - Apr 15
Late Registration (Late fee incurred) April 16-30
Lodging Reservations May 1
Registration Payment May 7

General Information
Date: June 18-20, 2014

Location: King Fahd Palace Hotel
Pointe des Almadies, BP: 8181
Dakar, Senegal

Center for Global Trade Analysis AGRODEP, facilitated by IFPRI
Center for Global Trade Analysis
Purdue University
Facilitated by IFPRI

CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets Food Security Portal
CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions and Markets Food Security Portal
Facilitated by IFPRI

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa The World Bank
United Nations
Economic Commission for Africa
The World Bank

World Trade Organization
World Trade Organization

Registration: Register Now!

Registration Details
Logistical Details:
Invitation Letters / Visas
Dakar Map
Travel Tips
Post-Conference Event

Printable Details

Conference Background
The goal of the conference is to promote the exchange of ideas among economists conducting quantitative analysis of global economic issues. Particular emphasis will be placed on applied general equilibrium methods, data, and application. Related theoretical and applied work is also welcome.

A global network of individuals and institutions conducting economy-wide analysis of trade, resource, and environmental policy issues has emerged. Thousands of these researchers now use a common data base, supplied by the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP). The project is coordinated by the Center for Global Trade Analysis at Purdue University with the support of a consortium of national and international agencies. The GTAP Data Base is a key input into most of the contemporary applied general equilibrium (AGE) analysis of global economic issues. Participants are given the opportunity to present their work, interact with other professionals in the field, and learn about the most recent developments in global economic analysis.

The themes of the 17th Annual Conference are:
  • International Trade and Food Security
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Foreign Direct Investment in Land and Land Markets
  • The Impact of Demographic Transition and Population Aging on the World Economy
  • Trade, Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainable Development
  • The Impact of the Internet and New Technological Innovations on Global Trade
  • The Interaction between Global Trade, Poverty, Income Distribution, Inequality, and Development: The Integration of Africa into the World Trade System
  • The Potential for Africa to "Feed the World"

Conference Format
The conference is structured with the intent of maximizing discussion and the exchange of ideas among researchers. Most sessions involve the presentation of invited and/or contributed papers. On the basis of submitted abstracts, the Center for Global Trade Analysis selects papers eligible for presentation at the conference. Speakers will be asked to discuss the highlights and implications of their work with a dedicated amount of time also being devoted to questions and discussion.

Times are subject to change, but will be finalized by mid-May.
Wednesday, June 18
08:00-16:00 Registration
08:30-09:00 Opening
09:00-10:30 Plenary Session
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Parallel Sessions
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Parallel Sessions
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:30 Parallel Sessions
18:50-22:30 Reception
Thursday, June 19
08:00-16:00 Registration
08:30-10:30 Parallel Session
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Parallel Sessions
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Parallel Sessions
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:00 Plenary Session
18:00-21:00 Reception
Friday, June 20
08:30-10:30 Parallel Sessions
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Parallel Sessions
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Plenary Session
15:30-16:00 Closing

Plenary Sessions
"Perspectives on Economic Growth and Development in Africa" (Wednesday, June 18)
  • Njuguna Ndung'u, Governor, Central Bank of Kenya
  • Jean-Paul Azam, Professor, Toulouse School of Economics

"Trade and Environment" (Thursday, June 19)
  • James Anderson, William B. Neenan S.J. Millenium Professor of Economics, Boston College
  • Massimo Tavoni, Deputy Coordinator, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Programme, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)

"Building Economic Modeling Capacity in Africa" (Friday, June 20)
  • Ousmane Badiane, Africa Director for IFPRI and Chair of AGRODEP Steering Committee
  • Maarten Smeets, Head of TA Coordination, Partnerships and Internship Programmes Section Institute for Training and Technical cooperation, WTO

Registration (Register Now!)
Registrations will be accepted from early January through April 30, 2014 (EST) with all payments due by May 7, 2014 (EST). Payments may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover), wire transfer or bank check. All registrations received April 16-30 (EST) will be charged a late fee. Registration rates will be posted when registration formally opens in January.

Registration Rates
The standard and discounted registration fees include participation in all sessions, refreshments during the conference, ground transportation from the specified hotels, three lunches, two receptions and the conference program. The accompanying person registration fee covers the transportation and receptions only.

  • $320 (Standard rate)

  • $150 (Discounted rate for full-time students, current residents of Africa and developing country residents)
    • Discounted Student Rate
      In order to be eligible for the discounted student rate, registrants may be asked to provide proof of current academic status. The discounted rate is available only to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Post-doctorates are not eligible for this rate.

    • Discounted Developing Country Resident Rate
      In order to be eligible for the discounted developing country resident rate, registrants must currently be residing in one of the countries listed on the "GTAP Developing Countries List" or currently be residing in Africa.

  • $70 (Accompanying person rate)
    • Accompanying Person Rate
      Those interested in registering an accompanying person, such as a spouse or partner, to attend the conference receptions or post-conference event must contact Ginger Batta ( directly and provide the following information (Please note that colleagues/co-authors who will be attending conference sessions are NOT eligible for the accompanying person rate.):

  • $100 (Late registration fee)
    • All registrations received April 16-30 (EST) will be charged this late fee.

A number of scholarships will be available for presenters currently residing in Africa. Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on and following the review of their submitted abstract.

All changes and/or cancellations to registrations should be emailed directly to Ginger Batta ( Registered participants who are unable to attend will receive an 85% refund until May 7, 2014. No refunds will be made after this date.

Post-Conference Event
The following event has been arranged for those wishing to further experience what the Dakar area has to offer.

Saturday, June 21 Goree Island - $60 Tour registration closed. Capacity reached.
Goree Island is the historic site on the West African coast where hundreds of thousands of captured men, women and children were rounded up in chains to be shipped to servitude in the New World. Goree Island is located in the center of the bay that forms the southern coast of the peninsula of Cape Verde. It is located 4 kilometers from Dakar or roughly 20 minutes by boat. In June, temperatures range between 25-30°C. Transportation (ground and boat) and lunch are included in the registration fee for this trip. All other expenses (shopping, etc.) are the responsibility of the participant. Individuals interested in participating in this event should indicate so on the conference registration form. Note that participation in this event is capped to the first 50 paying individuals.

Date Time Description
June 21 09:15 Meet in respective conference hotel lobby (look for "GTAP Goree Island" signs)
10:00 Depart via ferry to Goree Island
14:00 Depart Goree Island via ferry
15:00 Arrive at respective conference hotels

Invitation Letters, Visas and Vaccination Requirements

By April 15, participants must send the details below to the IFPRI Dakar office via Mariama Ba ( AND Alimatou Diop ( to begin processing invitation letters.

  • Full first and last name(s)
  • Title
  • Institution
  • Address

If complete information is provided, participants can expect to receive their invitation letter via email within 2-3 business days. It is unlikely that participants will be required to submit an original hard copy of the invitation letter during the visa application process; however, should this be required, mostly due to restrictions of nationality, participants should plan ahead and make their invitation letter request 2-3 months in advance of application.

Participants should apply for a visa for short stays in Senegal. To pre-enroll, please complete the biometric visa form at: The cost for pre-enrollment is ? 52,5. Note that during pre-enrollment, in addition to the standard personal and travel information, the following documents are required:

  • Copy of passport (first 5 pages)
  • Ticket reservation confirmation (airfare)
  • Hotel reservation confirmation

Once the pre-enrollment is complete, participants will be emailed a registration receipt. After enrollment, visas may be obtained at the nearest consulate/embassy or at the Dakar Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport. Upon arrival at the airport the traveler should go to the "Visa Airport" area where biometric information will be taken and the visa will be printed and affixed to the passport.

The following items are required at the airport. Please refer to Senegal's Visa Application Procedures as provided by the IFPRI Dakar staff or for more specific details for your citizenship, please reference the Travisa website at: Under the "Get a Visa" tab, enter your specific information and then click the link to view the visa requirements specific to your situation.

  • The original registration receipt and approval email from the pre-enrollment
  • Passport valid for at least six months + a photocopy of the first five pages
  • Round-trip or onward ticket or proof of departure
  • Hotel confirmation
  • Invitation letter

Vaccination Requirements
A yellow fever vaccination is a requirement for entry into Senegal if coming from an infected area; however, all travelers should be vaccinated against yellow fever as a precaution. It is also recommended that travelers be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B. Senegal is in the malarial zone and prophylactics should be taken as a precaution. Travelers should take measures to avoid mosquito bites, such as using an insect repellent at all times. For further information, please reference the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for Senegal at: CDC Recommendations

Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging, which is on a first-come, first-served basis. The local organizers have secured reservation blocks at the following hotels, which are available through May 1, 2014. Participants should reference "Group Code: IFPRI" when making reservations.
When booking your room, please use the email or phone listed for the hotel of your choice. If choosing the King Fahd Palace Hotel, please fill out booking form provided below and send it to the email address listed.

King Fahd Palace Hotel
Pointe des Almadies, BP: 8181, Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 33 869 69 39
Cost: Starting 85,000 CFA per night
Rooms Available: 200
Booking Form for King Fahd Palace Hotel
Formulaire de Réservation Individuelle

Fleur de Lys Hotel
Route des Almadies, Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 33 869 86 87
Cost: 50,000 CFA per night
Rooms Available: 20

Le Lodge des Almadies
Route de L'OCI ? Almadies, Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 33 869 03 45
Cost: 50,000 CFA per night
Rooms Available: 20
Hotel des Almadies
La Pointe des Almadies, Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 33 869 54 54
Cost: 50,000 CFA per night
Rooms Available: 20

Virage Hotel
Route de Ngor, Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 33 820 71 69
Cost: 50,000 CFA per night
Rooms Available: 20

It is strongly recommended that participants use one of the following transportation options. Use of these options is included in the conference registration fee. The final transportation schedule will be posted in the conference program in mid-May.

  • To/From King Fahd Palace Hotel - The King Fahd Palace Hotel is located roughly 10 minutes' drive from the airport near the beach and the African Renaissance Monument in Dakar. The hotel offers a free shuttle service from the airport to the hotel. Hotel personnel will be waiting in the Elite Lounge of the airport to direct participants to the hotel shuttle.

  • To/From Fleur de Lys Hotel, Le Lodge des Almadies, Hotel des Almadies or Virage Hotel - A private bus service will be available to meet participants at the airport baggage claim (look for a GTAP sign) and deliver them to their respective hotels. The same bus service will be available on a daily basis to shuttle participants to/from these hotels and the conference venue (King Fahd Palace Hotel).

Dakar Map

Additional Travel Tips
Currency Conversion
Senegal's official currency is the West African CFA Franc (XOF). For cash, Euros and Dollars are the most easily changed currency (1$ ~ 525 FCFA, 1? ~ 656 FCFA). Credit cards are accepted at major hotels and restaurants in Dakar and travelers' checks can be exchanged at most banks.

The King Fahd Palace Hotel has ATMs of BICIS (BNP Paribas Group). Outside the hotel, roughly 500m away, there are also ATMs of UBA (United Bank of Africa), BOA (Bank of Africa) and SGBS (Senegalese subsidiary of Societe Generale).

Emergency Health Services
  • SOS Médecin ? Tel: 00221.33.889.1515
  • Clinique Madeleine ? Tel : 00221.33.889.9470
  • Clinique du CAP ? Tel: 00221.33.889.0202


Conference Committee
  • Thomas Hertel, Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University
  • Antoine Bouët, International Food Policy Research Institute

Conference Committee
  • Ousmane Badiane, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Hakeem Ben Hamouda, African Development Bank
  • Bridget Chilala, World Trade Organization
  • Patrick Jomini, Productivity Commission
  • Stephen Karingi, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • Ken Kawasaki, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Augustin Kwasi-Fosu, UNU-Wider
  • Will Martin, The World Bank
  • Ali Mbaye, FASEG-DAKAR
  • Lemma Senbet, AERC
  • Lindiwe Sibanda, FARNPAN
  • Maximo Torero, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Jan van Heerden, University of Pretoria
  • Terrie Walmsley

Contact Information
Ginger Batta
Center for Global Trade Analysis
Department of Agricultural Economics
Purdue University
403 West State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2056
United States