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Rwanda academicians argued to contribute to policy implementation

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Our Reporter: Muha M.

Over the past, international institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, or United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) have helped Rwanda to draft economic policy and research to drive development.

Dr Herman Van Boemmel, a programme manager at GIZ, a German Non-Government Organisation said it is high time for Rwandan academic researchers to take over by creating a network that can strengthen economic policy research set-up.

“There is still a gap in Rwanda when it comes to economic policy analysis” Van Boemmel pointed out citing a good example of the shirt he was wearing “This shirt is made in Rwanda, research can be implemented on made in Rwanda products so that it can guide policy makers but there is still room for that.”

Van Boemmel was speaking to the press during the third annual Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN) organized under the theme, “Rwandan Economy towards Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy” at the College of Business and Economic, Gikondo Campus, Kigali on Thursday.

“There is lack of technical capacity, trained international economists, analysts and bodies that understand the global economy. In Germany research institutions and network of economics carry out research that helps in guiding policy makers as well this can be done in Rwanda.”

The conference was organised through the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research in partnership with GIZ and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning as well as the College of Business and Economics.

The conference  organized to provide a platform and occasion for economic researchers at regional, national and international level from a wide spectrum such as academics, government officials, representatives of development partners and international and local NGO’s with interest in Rwanda to evaluate the policy progress, suggest innovative policy solutions and to discuss strategies for realizing desired goals and targets.

Prof. Thomas Kigabo, said Rwanda has achieved economic growth results because of the good leadership by policy makers and institutionalization.  Economic policies change of over time, therefore there is need to formulate and produce oriental research to give our contribution to economic development.

“There challenges and there is a gab in terms of capacity and software that is why we lag behind, we need to carry research so that such papers are published in journals that can be used a references.” Prof Kigabo noted

Seven research papers were discussed during the conference with theme and sub themes by local researchers among them is the ‘Effect of Foreign Aid on Real Exchange Rate in Rwanda’ by

This year 16 research papers will be reviewed under the theme “Rwandan Economy towards Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy” before they’re published in the journals.

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