The International Colloquium on Research in Economics and Management “CIREG” has become an unavoidable annual crossroads in the panorama of research in economics and management in Morocco. The first three versions were an opportunity for researchers from five continents to present more than 300 research papers selected in Strategy, Finance, Marketing, Human Resources, Industrial Economics, Logistics, IT, Corporate Governance, etc.

CIREG’17 in the colors of Africa

CIREG’17 has set itself the ambition of honoring Africa, a continent full of hope. Johnnie Carson, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, said, “Africa is the next frontier of the global economy, investors need to be aware of it.” In 2011, China’s trade with Africa amounted to nearly $ 160 billion, making the continent one of its largest trading partners.

All the African economic indicators were remarkable. Over the past decade, Africa’s trade with the rest of the world has increased by more than 200 per cent, annual inflation has averaged only 8 per cent, and foreign debt has fallen by 25 per cent, . Foreign direct investment (FDI) has risen 27% in recent years. The African economy is growing by 4.2% on average, according to a UN report published in June. The economic growth of Africa is stimulated by a number of factors. These include the end of numerous armed conflicts, the abundance of natural resources and economic reforms that have fostered a more conducive business climate.

Despite several obstacles inherent in the history of Africa and Africans, African economies do not seem ready to slow down. Ernst & Young states that this “story must be told with more confidence and persistence. But it is equally important to ensure that the economic growth of the continent also creates jobs and makes millions of people vulnerable to insecurity.

It is in this perspective that this fourth edition, conceived under the theme “Africa of the 21st century”, aims to stimulate exchanges of reflections, covering both the sphere of the economic and social sciences in general and that of the Management sciences stricto sensu. It also aims at raising awareness and even federating an international research community around issues related to the economic growth of this continent, the challenges of the private and public organizations that evolve there and the structure of the ecosystems that are created there. In particular, it is a matter of bringing the scientific community, professionals and institutions to reflect on the central issue of this edition “what are the strategies and the levers of actions that should allow African economies and companies to reposition themselves In the global competition chessboard? “.