3rd Annual Conference on EDPRS 3 to be held at College of Business and Economics in Gikondo

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As part of the discussion to review the macroeconomic status and future prospects of Rwandan economic, the 3rd EPRN Annual Conference on the Rwandan Economy towards the Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS 3) will be held at CBE (College of Business and Economics) in Gikondo, Kigali on the 26th of January 2017.

The conference to be organized by EPRN through IPAR with support from GIZ will have a panel of pre-selected by external reviewers and experts discussing the top seven papers that were selected according to Communication consultant Theresa Fend.

“It will give the audience the chance to hear exciting research results in fields such as Export Promotion, Financial Sector Development, the Inequality-Poverty-Growth-Environment Nexus, Green Growth and Vision 2050 first hand.

“A selection committee including members of MINECOFIN, the National Bank of Rwanda, University of Rwanda, IPAR and GIZ came together on 23 December 2016 and reviewed the results.”

Some of the interesting subtopics to be discussed during the conference are the following:

  • Interest rate spread in the financial system in Rwanda: Drivers and implications
  • Estimating gravity model for agricultural potentials trade in Rwanda
  • Determinants of non-monetary poverty in Rwanda
  • Effect of foreign aid on real exchange rate in Rwanda

Socio-economic differentials in desired family size: A comparative analysis of Rwanda and Kenya:

  • Rural development policies and investment in primary education: Farmers in Rwanda
  • Economic structural transformation: From agriculture and primary sector to knowledge-based economy and urbanization.The Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN) was created in 2008 with the aim to strengthen economic policy analysis and research capacities.

    It is an equal-opportunity economic policy research platform. By bringing together key institutions, individuals and organizations active in or with an interest in economic policy research and analysis, EPRN creates a network for the stakeholders in the field and a pool of research skills needed for economic policy analysis.

    Through trainings on quantitative research methods, research coaching and mentorship, work placements, learning tours and joint research projects, EPRN helps to build capacity and create evidence for economic policy development.

    In doing so, EPRN responds to economic policy gaps in Rwanda which are created mainly by a lack of quality and informative research and the challenge of human capacity in terms of limited numbers of economic researchers and active involvement.




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