1st Regional Conference focuses on Business, Management and Economics

University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics (UR-CBE) in partnership with Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS-Sweden) held its first annual Eastern Africa Business and Economic Watch from May 5th to May 6th with a post meeting that led to an MOU signing between five countries in a Regional Business and Economic Summit.

This inaugural conference was titled ‘Recent Trends in Economic Development, Finance and Management Research in Eastern Africa.’ The organizers brought together researchers, policy makers, industry practitioners and stakeholders to discuss the pathway of Eastern Africa’s economic growth. In those two days more than 10 countries participating presented their findings on different aspects including energy, mining, entrepreneurship, investments and agriculture. These were done in parallel sessions and participants had the opportunity to choose their focus areas and listen to research findings and contribute through raising questions and discussions. 


The conference attracted 72 working papers from more than ten countries including Sweden, Hungary, Germany, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Nigeria, Cameroon and Ethiopia. The conference also attracted the policy makers, dignitaries and students who participated in activities set in the conference.There were four key note speakers in this conference including:

  • Prof. Herman Musahara, Executive Director of OSSREA on Emergence of Africa, challenges of inclusive development and sustainability in Eastern Africa. The role of social science research.
  • Prof (Dr.) A.S. Chawla, Punjabi University, Patiala, India on Management Challenges for Rwandan Economy.
  • Prof. Mansoob Murshed from International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands The Conflict-growth nexus in Sub-Saharan Africa,
  • Prof. Jacques Silber from Department of Economics, Bar-Llan University, Israel on the Measurement of Multidimensional well-being in some East-Africa Countries.

The participants were invited to an entrepreneurship dinner where key speakers shared their experience and highlights on what entrepreneurship has done and can do as a focus point for growth in business and bring change in the socio-economic realm in people’s lives.The key note speeches at the dinner included speeches by Prof. Reid Whitlock, CEO of Tony Elumelu Foundation and former Rector of former School of Finance and Banking, Dr. Ivan Twagirishema. Managing Director and Story of Maraba Coffee by Mr. Jean Claude Kayisinga.

The Dean School of Business, Prof. Murty S. Kopparthi recognized students of CBE who are currently successful entrepreneurs already creating employment and earning from their work including an emotional testimony from a previous student from Goldmann Sachs 1000 Women Program.For the researchers who presented, the possible places that they can publish their works include and not limited to:

  1. Research Papers in Economics REPEC and Social Science Research Network SSRN,
  2. Target Edited Book Volume(s):

Economic Studies in inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being, Springer,

  • Series Editor: Jacques Silber
  • Volume Editor: Almas Heshmati
  • Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development, Springer,
  • Series Editor: Diery Seck

Perspectives on Development in the Middle east and North Africa Region, Springer,

  • Series Editor Almas Heshmati

c) Target Special Issue(s) of Journal(s):

  • Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance,
  • Guest Editor: Almas Heshmati
  • Journal of African Economics, Have existing commitments
  • Journal of Eastern African Studies, No advanced commitments
  • African Development Review, No advanced commitment
  • UR Journal of Economics and Business
  • Editors: Rama Rao and Scott Hacker

The Management of University of Rwanda and College of Business and Economics would like to thank the local and international organizing team for their efforts in organizing the conference from call for papers to the actual day of the conference. In particular, the Management would like to thank Jonkoping International Business School (JIBS) who have been supportive with advice on all aspects of the conference.

The Management would also like to thank the sponsors of the event. They include; Horizon Group, Kepler Rwanda, Sida, Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) Rwanda and Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA).

To all researchers and participants who came to do their presentations and made the conference a success, thank you.Please log on to www.eabewconference.org to see the highlights of the conference and also access the papers that were presented in the conference. Keeps the conversation going on Twitter @ur_cbe #eabew2015For more photos, please check here.

Rehema Abdul,Public Relations OfficerUR-College of Business and Economics


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