Issue 6 | May 14, 2019

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Introducing the Sixth Issue of the CBEG Economic Briefer

Dr. Arthur Bainomugisha, Executive Director | @ACODE_Uganda

Warm greetings from the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE)! Consistent with our quarterly release of the CBEG Economic Briefer, it is with great pleasure that I present to you our sixth issue. The Briefer provides alternative policy ideas on contemporary economic issues in Uganda, as well as the East and Southern regions of Africa on a quarterly basis (click here to read the previous issue).

Our sixth issue is themed along the progress towards economic integration of the East African Community. It is predicated on a background of the on-going border conflict between Rwanda and Uganda that has constrained trade between the two economies. The on-going conflict has seen the inception of non-tariff barriers to trade as well as restriction of free movement of labour between the two economies.

In this sixth Issue, we present a leading article from Ramathan Ggoobi, a Senior Economist lecturing at Makerere University Business School. Mr. Ggoobi's article provides insight into the economic cost of the border conflict between the sister economies of Uganda and Rwanda. In addition, the Briefer carries an article from Emmanuel Keith Kisaame – a Research Fellow here at ACODE, assessing the effect integration could have on Uganda’s recently revived national carrier – the Uganda Airlines. Finally, the briefer carries links to some of our latest research publications from the Center for Budget and Economic Governance.

It is my considered opinion that this issue of the CBEG Economic Briefer has provided alternative policy ideas that can inform the improvement of our tax policy in the Region. While the focus has only been placed Uganda, I believe that the suggested policy measures herein can greatly inform the design of tax policy in the entire region given the similarities and synergies among our economies.


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