African Review of Economics and Finance (AREFC 2020)

AREF Conference 2020

The topics of interest include the following

Seminar on how to avoid desk rejections

The Editor-in-chief of the Research in International Business and Finance (RIBAF) will present a seminar on how to publish in high impact journals and the mechanics of avoiding desk rejections.

Register your interest in this very educative seminar presented by one of the leading editors in economics and finance with the conference organisers.

Spaces are limited so pre-booking is essential.

Special Issues

Authors of papers accepted for presentation at the 2020 conference will be invited to submit their papers for consideration in a Special Issue of the Research in International Business and Finance (RIBAF) and the African Review of Economics and Finance (AREF).

RIBAF will focus on the mainstream finance and international business themes while AREF will consider papers on the theme of the conference.

A call for papers will be sent out after the conference.

Publication in Conference Proceedings

The conference proceedings will be published in book form that complies fully with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training requirements for accreditation.

A.K. FOSU Prize for Best Paper

The A.K. Fosu prize will be awarded to recognise high quality research presented at the annual AREF conference. This highly competitive award is made to the author(s) of the paper judged by the editors of AREF to be the best presented at the conference. The A.K Fosu prize was initiated by organisers of the AREF conference to honour the contributions of the great economist and academic leader, Professor Extraordinary Augustin Kwasi Fosu (

* The award is open to all conference participants, however, interested delegates need to apply specifically and indicate whether they want their paper(s) to be considered for the award.
* Papers are subjected to the normal African Review of Economics and Finance peer review process.
* Papers deemed publishable by the panel of reviewers will be presented to the team of AREF editors.
* The award winner is selected by a vote of all the editors based on the review reports and a further assessment by the editors themselves.
* The Executive Director of the African Finance and Economics Consult informs the award recipient of the outcome.
* The award will be given at the annual AREF Conference.

Benefits: Recipients are given a $300 honorarium, an award certificate, and the opportunity to develop the paper further for publication in AREF.

To be considered for the Best Conference Paper Award, check the box of the A.K Fosu prize or submit your paper directly to: Prof. Franklin Obeng-Odoom, Email: [email protected]

Wits Business School

The 2020 AREF conference will take place at the Wits Business School. "Wits Business School" is the Graduate School of Business Administration in the University of the Witwatersrand, one of the top tertiary institutes in Africa. The School offers a variety of postgraduate academic programmes and executive education programmes as well as weekly public seminars. WBS also designs tailor-made, in-company programmes, partnering with client organisations to develop management capacity. With a full suite of programmes on offer, WBS delivers innovative, transformative, and immersive learning experiences using generative thinking methodologies.

The School's aim is to deliver leaders who can fashion the future of Africa and raise the values-bar on how business is done on the continent. Learning is therefore relevant to the challenges and opportunities that we face on this continent, providing students with a deep understanding of the complexities of doing business in Africa within a global context.

Wits is recognised internationally as a leading research university. More WBS faculty have PhDs than any other business school on the continent and include several NRF-rated scholars. WBS has an extensive Management Library, 24-hour meeting rooms and Africa's largest Case Study Centre, housing over 200 real-life cases that bring relevant business challenges into the classroom. The main campus is in Parktown and our satellite campus is in Braamfontein, both in Johannesburg, the vibrant, commercial hub of the continent. For more information on the Wits Business School, please visit