Message from Co-ordinator

Welcome to MUBS Economic Forum, an all-inclusive economic think-tank for Makerere University Business School (MUBS).

Established in June 2011, the MUBS Economic Forum (MEF) has in the past six years of its existence caused debate and helped policymakers generate viable solutions to some of Uganda’s economic challenges. We pledge not only to continue doing this, but also to keep improving our activities in the changing MUBS.

The MEF is committed to improving people’s understanding of economic issues, particularly those concerning Uganda’s economy. Its overall aim is to enable students and staff, as well as the general public, understand the breadth and depth of Uganda’s economy to be able to appreciate the intricacies of decision making in business management. The MEF aspires to hatch and nurture a new trend and focus on economic policy in Uganda, through research, coherent debates and short trainings. The Forum provides a platform for students and staff of MUBS, as well as the general public to raise critical questions on development, business and governance.

Since the FY 2011/12, we have provided a common platform for our students, staff and the general public to analyse every single National Budget. Similar platform is being provided to discuss some of Uganda’s contemporary economic challenges: rising inflation, high bank interest rates, bank failures, failures in agricultural markets, the land question and property rights, liberalisation policy challenges, corruption, and the impact of political election cycles on the economy, among others. Out of these debates, policy briefs and recommendations are made and communicated to policymakers.

The Forum also trains students, staff, and other members of the public in areas of economic analysis. For example, sections of MUBS students and staff, both at the Main Campus and Regional Study Centres, have been trained in areas such as “Interpretation of the National Budget” and “Analysis of Economic Situations”.

The Forum also aspires to conduct research on contemporary economic issues. In this regard, the Forum has partnered with international organisations such as the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) of the UK, and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) of Germany to conduct and publish research in the areas of employment and industrial policy respectively.

The Forum has also brought to MUBS international organisations of high repute, such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), as well as regional development agencies like the African Development Bank (ADB) to interact with students and staff. These and other national organisations, such as the Bank of Uganda (BOU), Uganda Manufacturing Association (UMA), Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI), among others, have given students and staff public debates, guest lectures, and other outreach activities. This helps our students and staff to benchmark conventional academic knowledge with practical experiences from practitioners.

In this regard, we would like to thank the Principal, Prof. Waswa J. Balunywa, for his foresight wisdom that informed his decision to create the Economic Forum. We thank the various distinguished members of our society who have served on the Board of the MEF for their continued guidance and support.

Thank you also for taking the time to visit our website. We seek your support in our journey and worthy pursuit of causing debate and finding general solutions to Uganda’s contemporary economic challenges.

Ramathan Ggoobi

Coordinator, MUBS Economic Forum