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IPAR Rwanda’s 10th Annual Research Conference was held on 13 December 2022 at the Lemigo Hotel. The conference was held under the theme “Understanding the Impact of Covid-19 on Households and Businesses in Rwanda : Policies to Support Inclusive Growth and Economic Recovery”. It was officially opened by the Economic Advisor at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning(MINECOFIN) Mr. Leonard Rugwabiza representing the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning.

Mr. Leonard Rugwabiza.

Varsha Redkar-Palepu, Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP) in Rwanda delivered a key note address.

Ms.Varsha Redkar-Palepu

The conference which was attended by more than 90 people covered two areas : The impact of Covid-19 on Rwandan Businesses and the Impact of Covid-19 on Households. Papers presented during the conference focused on the impact of Covid-19 and the recovery measures that should be further strengthened.

During the conference, IPAR Rwanda Executive Director Ms. Eugenia Kayitesi noted : “The Annual Research Conference is our flagship event through which we showcase our research and invite other researchers to share some of their work on the selected theme. It is an important event for us because it contributes to our mandate of providing research based evidence for policy making.”

Ms. Kayitesi Eugenia

The IPAR Rwanda 10th Annual Research Conference was the first of such a conference organised after the Corona Virus outbreak in early 2020. The conference was financially supported by Canada’s International Development Research Centre(IDRC).

Participants in a group photo