Press Release

Annual Economic Research Conference to be held in Hybrid format on economic policies amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

For immediate release

The Economic Policy Research Conference Network is pleased to announce that the 7th Annual Research Conference will be held in hybrid format on 27th May 2021. A few participants will convene at the Kigali Serena Hotel because the measures curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, while all other participants and members will join virtually.

The 7th Annual Research Conference will be held under the theme “Economic policy measures to enhance productive capacities post COVID-19 Crisis”. The Conference will bring together researchers and policymakers to disseminate research findings from its scholars and those from other research and academic institutions.

In Collaboration with our partners MINICOM, MINECOFIN, UNCTAD, GIZ, IFPRI, UNECA, OXFAM and UNDP, participants will discuss several topics at the Conference. These include ;
- Understanding the Socio-Economic impact of Covid-19.
- The role of leadership at national and international levels in containing effects of Covid-19.
- The role of digital solutions in economic resilience and growth (E-commerce, E-payment, and E-learning).
- Reducing vulnerability Post-Covid-19 – New Strategies for Insertion into the Regional and Global Economy.
- Investment strategies in the post-COVID-19 for economic growth and job creation.

EPRN legal representatives and Board Chair Dr Charles Karangwa noted : Having the 7th EPRN Annual Research Conference in Hybrid format this year allows us to contribute to the policies towards economic recovery post-COVID-19 crisis. We will discuss the status quo of the economic policies around the Covid-19 aftermath in Rwanda and draw out the implications for future research, community development and public policy.

International researcher, academics, professionals and decision-makers, professionals working in government, private sector enterprises and institutions, civil society organizations , development partners and other interested indivudka wishing to attend this conference may register to attend the Conference on this link

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world both in people’s lives and the global and national economies. Therefore, economic research shall undoubtedly have an important role in analyzing the consequences of the present crisis and a comparative historical approach to the previous economic crisis.

Note to the editor

1. About EPRN

The Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN Rwanda) is a Research and Training Institution with a mission to contribute to evidence-based economic policymaking by providing high-quality research, building capacities and creating networking opportunities for local experts. One of the flagship activities of EPRN is to organize research conferences.

2. About the Conference

On an annual basis, the EPRN Research Committee selects a research theme and sub-topics approved by the Board of Directors. EPRN calls for abstracts/proposals. Selected proposals are assigned mentors and reviewers who work with researchers until the date of the Conference, whereby the best papers are presented and after that published as EPRN Paper Working Series. During paper selection, subscribed members of EPRN are given priority. Presented papers are sent to international reviewers with the possibility of being published in recognized international journals. Apart from papers by EPRN members, partners also have the opportunity to disseminate/present study reports and papers.

For more information : Please contact
Seth Kwizera,
Executive Director of EPRN
Email :