*Call for Papers **I** The AIB SS-AFRICA 2018 Conference **I **University
of Kigali, Rwanda*

*                                                 Please Submit by May 30,
2018 **I** E: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>  *

Africa has made tremendous progress on many fronts since the turn of the
millennium. From Cairo to Cape of Good Hope, a renewed sense optimism led
to *Africa Rising* narrative. This narrative is now under attack as the
realities of China’s economic slowdown and the great plunge in oil and
commodity prices has exposed the continent’s economic vulnerabilities.
Nevertheless, there appears to be solid ground for cautious optimism, and a
commitment to the achievement of sustainable development has never been
more important.

The African Union’s recently launched *Agenda 2063: The Africa We
Want* provides
an ambitious vision and call for action aimed at accelerating Africa’s
development and transformation over the next fifty years. It identifies
seven key aspirations for Africa:

1.) A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable
development; 2.) An integrated continent, politically united and based on
the ideals of Pan Africanism and the vision of Africa’s Renaissance. 3.) An
Africa of good governance, democracy, respect for human rights, justice and
the rule of law. 4.) A peaceful and secure Africa. 5.) An Africa with a
strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and ethics. 6.) An Africa
where development is people-driven, unleashing the potential of its women
and youth. 7.) Africa as a strong, united and influential global player and

These aspirations very much align with the strategic vision of the AIB-SSA
chapter for Africa, hence our decision to focus on how scholars can make an
impact in achieving Agenda 2063’s goals to make Africa work better for
Africans. There’s perhaps no better place in Africa that represents this
dogged commitment for progress than Rwanda. Following the tragic genocide
of 1994, the country has shown uncommon resilience and successfully
executed important economic and structural, as well as international
competitiveness reforms. Rwanda’s inspiring story speaks to the promise and
potential of African economies.  Our 2018 conference will bring together
scholars, students, policy makers and business executives committed to
Africa’s development.

As in previous years, we welcome submissions (competitive papers,
interactive papers, panels and teaching cases) that go beyond the
conference theme and encompass all major areas of international business
and management.

*Please read the attached Call for Papers for more details.*

Looking forward to seeing you in Kigali!

Best regards,

*Ifedapo Adeleye*

*Conference Chair, AIB-SSA *

U: University of Tennesee Knoxville

T: @IfedapoAdeleye


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