On June 30th, 2014, we kicked off the 15th Program on Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis. Participants from the following organizations attended the course: Ghana Grid Company Limited, Volta River Authority (Ghana), Swaziland Railway, Bogosi Capital (South Africa), USAID, World Vision Canada, Public Pension Agency (Saudi Arabia), Queen’s University (Canada), and Eastern Mediterranean University (Cyprus). In addition, a number of personnel from the Bank of Industry Limited (Nigeria) joined us for the Training of Trainers stream.
For the four weeks here, participants were immersed in lectures, casework and group discussion. Professor Harberger, distinguished professor from UCLA, joined the participants for a number of sessions including the Economic Opportunity Cost of Labour and Analysis of Irrigation.
A number of other guest lecturers delivered special seminars including:
- Hanna Zowall, a health economist from McGill University, on Market Failures in the Health Sector
- Yves Bourassa, Environment Canada, on Valuation of Environmental Impacts
- John Wehner, former Principal Financial Analyst Florida Light and Power, on Scenario Planning and Investor Response to Climate Change Regulation
- Juan Belt, former Senior Economic Advisor – Economic Policy (USAID), on Private Participation in Regulated Markets
The closing ceremony was held on July 25th, where 4 weeks of hard work and new memories was celebrated. The program results were excellent, and all participants said they would definitely recommend the course to other colleagues. We are looking forward to future collaborations and expanding our roster of summer programs. More details about this will be made available soon.
Thank you to everyone who made the course such a great success.