25th February 2020 @ Kigali, Rwanda
Theme : “Building Productive Capacities for Structural Economic Transformation”

1. Introduction

The Economic Policy Research Network with support from GIZ Macroeconomic & Investment Policies programme and other partners, is organizing the 6th Annual Economic Research Conference that brings together economic practitioners and other interested stakeholders. The 6th EPRN Annual Economic Research Conference is scheduled on February 25th, 2020 in Kigali. The conference targets national and international researchers, academics, professionals and decision makers working in government, private sector enterprises and institutions, civil society organizations and development partners.

This year’s main theme is “Building Productive Capacities for Structural Economic Transformation".

Rwanda is moving from the implementation of a National Vision 2020 to a new Vision 2050, which aims at achieving high standards of living for the population and puts emphasis on achieving high and sustained economic growth, high per capita income, modernization and structural transformation. Thus, it is in concordance with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the East African Community Vision 2050 and the African Agenda 2063.

Building on the recent socio-economic performance of Rwanda, the conference will enable discussions about the role of productive capacities and structural economic transformation. Participants will share views about how productive capacities and structural transformation can best be placed at the center of national policies and strategies.

2. Purpose of the Conference

The conference seeks to provide a research platform and opportunity for economic researchers from a wide spectrum such as academics, government officials, representatives of development partners and international and local NGOs with interest on research topics related to Productive Capacities for Structural Economic Transformation. The purpose of the conference is to witness the current progress, evaluate the policy progress, suggest innovative policy solutions and, discuss strategies for achieving desired goals and targets.

3. Review process

All papers will be reviewed by the EPRN Research Committee, consisting of reputable researchers and sector professionals. A paper will be accepted upon the Committee’s recommendation and provided that at least one of the authors is available to present the paper at the Conference.

3. Presentations

3.1. Research Papers by EPRN Researchers

For this Conference, research papers will be presented around the following Sub topics from the main Theme :

a. Enhancing productivity and competitiveness (incl. value chain linkages)
b. Improving access to markets (EAC, AfCFTA, other regional integration initiatives)
c. Promoting Made in Rwanda (domestic and external market capturing strategies)
d. Strengthening human capital for Structural Economic Transformation
e. Improving Business Environment for Structural Economic Transformation

3.2. Reports by partner institutions

Partners will have time to present and discuss some reports/studies which are in line with the conference main theme and sub topics.

4. Expected Outcomes of the conference

In addition to research papers and reports, the expected outcomes of the conference like policy briefs summarizing key findings and recommendations will be shared to stakeholders for information and action. Final papers with key policy recommendations will be published online through EPRN website : www.eprnrwanda.org and through the EPRN Paper Series Vol III.

Contacts :

Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN Rwanda)
Mr Seth Kwizera,
EPRN Coordinator
E-mail : info@eprnrwanda.org
Website : www.eprnrwanda.org
Tel : 0788305142
P.O Box 7375 KIGALI

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