KIPPRA hosted the new IMF Resident Representative – Kenya, Mr Selim Cakir and economist Mr Daniel Tallam for a brief meeting on 27th July 2023. Mr Cakir wanted to learn more about the Institute’s role in the public policy process as well as an overview of the country’s economic developments.
KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi took the visitors through the Institute’s mandate, including capacity building and policy research programmes as well as networking engagements. She gave examples of products and services such as the annual flagship report, the Kenya Economic Report, and the annual regional conference.
Among the issues discussed during the meeting include areas of collaboration between the two institutions, including exploring opportunities for KIPPRA policy analysts to benefit from IMF’s capacity building programmes and the need to explore exchange and technical assistance programmes to enhance peer learning and mentorship.
Another area of deliberation was the global financial architecture and how Kenya and other African countries could benefit from the special drawing rights and the resilient and sustainability trust fund. Other KIPPRA staff at the meeting were heads of the Institute’s three directorates – Dr Moses Muthinja, Dr Eldah Onsomu and Ms Irene Mithia – as well as staff from the Macroeconomics Department – Mr Benson Kiriga and Mr Jacob Nato.