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Theme: “The African Continental Free Trade Area: Challenges and Opportunities January 24th, 2019”



1. Introduction

The Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN Rwanda) with support from GIZ-Rwanda and other partners is organizing the 5th Annual Research Conference that brings together researchers, policy makers and analysts to disseminate research findings from its scholars and those from other institutions. The 5th EPRN Rwanda Annual Research Conference is scheduled on January 25th, 2019.

This year’s main theme is “The African Continental Free Trade Area: Challenges and Opportunities”, which will be broken down into six sub-themes:

  • Regional Integration
  • Made in Rwanda
  • Productivity industrialization and competitiveness (Rwanda and Africa)
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Social transformation
  • Human Capital Development

Interested researchers are encouraged to submit research proposals on one or more sub themes above. The selected papers will be presented during the conference and facilitated to be published thereafter to reach a wide audience.

2. Review process

All papers and posters will be reviewed by an independent Scientific Committee of specialist researchers and sector professionals (peer-review committee). A paper will be accepted upon committee’s recommendation and that at least one authors is available to present the paper.

EPRN members who will present papers during the conference will get financial reward of 1000 USD per paper. All presented papers are published by RPRN Rwanda in soft copy format through its website: and in hard copy through EPRN Research Paper Series.

3. Submissions and Key dates

Interested researchers are required to develop proposals (maximum 250 words) which, once accepted, will be developed to a full conference paper or a conference poster. They must be submitted in WORD or PDF formats. The proposals have to be sent to: and copy to:

A. Authors are encouraged to indicate the sub the under which the proposal/ paper is. Authors are required to adhere to the following important timeline:

  • Deadline for proposal submission: 31st August 2018
  • Notification of acceptance from the Selection Committee: 4th September 2018
  • Deadline for initial submission of full paper (1st draft): 30th November 2018
  • Final Reviewers’ comments sent to authors by latest: 20th January 2019
  • Deadline for amended submissions (Final paper): 05th January 2019
  • Final notification of clearance by: 15th January 2019
  • 5th EPRN Research Conference on: 25th January 2019

B. During the conference, papers and reports from independent researchers and organizations may also be accepted to be presented. For papers and reports which won’t pass through peer-review process, the following are key dates:

  • Deadline for initial submission of full paper or report: 20th December 2018
  • Final notification of clearance by: 15th January 2019
  • 5th EPRN Research Conference on: 24th January 2019

For more information, call +250788305142 or send message to the following emails:



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