Uganda is an open economy which derives a significant portion of its growth from trade. Thus, the need to monitor issues of trade and regional integration.

Africa has commenced the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) which henceforth defines the trade relationship among the member states and relations with other trading blocs. This presents both opportunities and challenges thus the need to keenly study this area.

Research under this theme will specifically focus on the following;

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Sub-theme 1: Regional and international trade

  1. Implications of the changing global trade dynamics on Uganda’s economy.
  2. The role of states in trade facilitation
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Sub-theme 2: Global economy dynamics

  1. Analysis on how Uganda can reposition herself considering the shift towards emerging economies away from traditional markets.
  2. Political economy of trading, investment and foreign aid.
  • Implications of globalisation on Uganda’s economy

Sub-theme 3: Monitoring regional integration

  1. Monitoring and evaluation of frameworks for the implementation of the East African Community (EAC), the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and other Regional Economic Commission (RECs) protocols.
  2. Analysing the implementation of regional integration treaties.
  • Regional infrastructure development.

Sub-theme 4: Domestic trade

  1. Standards and constraints to domestic trade
  2. Institutional frameworks and capacities for domestic trade facilitation
  • Institutions that foster domestic trade.
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