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A delegation from the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund visited KIPRPA on 22 February 2017 and held discussions with a section of the staff and board.
After introductions from both the visitors and the KIPPRA team, the KIPPRA Board Vice Chair, Ms Emma Mwongeli gave a brief background of the institute and its engagement with the Government and other stakeholders. Ms Mwongeli highlighted the diversity of the board membership, which ensures the institute’s research activities encompass all the important facets of the economy.
This was followed by a brief presentation of KIPPRA’s vision, mission, operational mandate, programmes, structure, capability building activities, partnerships, engagements and funding sources, which was done by the Acting Programmes Coordinator Dr Augustus Muluvi.
Before the session opened for discussion, the KIPPRA Executive Director, Dr Rose Ngugi heighted Kenya’s economic plans and key development activities, pointing out KIPPRA’s role in the country’s economic planning. She said the institute participates in development of economic blueprints and tools for macroeconomic analysis, such as the KIPPRA-Treasury Macroeconomic Model (KTMM) used for economic forecasting. Dr Ngugi added that KIPPRA also participates in government taskforces and technical working committees, such as the macro working group.
The questions asked and clarifications sought by the visiting team mainly focused on KIPPRA’s mandate and influence on Kenya’s policy as well as the institute’s response to specific economic challenges such as poverty and corruption.
Each of the questions was answered with the pointing out of the specific research KIPPRA had undertaken in relation to the issue as well as the collaborations and government taskforces it is involved in with the aim of influencing policy.