Money in Africa - Monetary and financial decolonisation in Africa in the 20th Century
eabh in cooperation with Banco de Portugal and Banque de France.
Monetary and fiscal processes are important elements in state building and in managing international economic relations for emerging economies and new states. These processes were also important during the transition to constitutional independence in Africa; however little attention has been paid to the trajectory of the monetary and fiscal processes of decolonisation in Africa. The topic is less researched than the political or socio-cultural decolonisation processes. However, it has had important implications for the economic development of these states.
The objective of this conference is to shed light on a range of different historical cross-experiences. It will provide a comparative analysis of the Portuguese, French, British, Belgian, Spanish, Italian and German cases of colonial transition in monetary and financial matters.
Francois de Coustin (Banque de France), Olivier Feiertag (University of Rouen-Normandy), Nuno Valério (Universidade de Lisboa), Carmen Hofmann (eabh), Maria João Azevedo (Banco de Portugal).
Keynote speech: Lessons from the monetary decolonisation of the British Empire
The history of the monetary decolonisation: a bird’s eye view
First Session: Facing the course of history: national experiences of colonial monetary zones
Second Session: Ruptures and continuities: monetary transition from colonial to post-colonial times
Dinner at Pousada de Lisboa, Praça do Comércio, 31, Lisboa
Third Session: Managing monetary sovereignty after independence
Round table: Monetary policy in Africa today: between sovereignty and international cooperation
What we learned (or not) from the process of monetary decolonisation in Africa