The Economic Policy Research Centre's strategic priorities are the six main research themes in which we aim to make a difference in the next five years (2013/14 to 2016/17). They help to focus our research work within EPRC and with our partners in the pursuit of common goals, and they serve as a key tool to help us track the impact of our work.

The guiding principle of our strategic priorities is the need to support the policy direction and priorities of our stakeholders in the new areas that have emerged as a result of the changes in the external global development environment.

In addition, the Ugandan economy is being transformed significantly and new challenges and opportunities are emerging which require critical analysis and research for evidence-based policy options and responses.

Furthermore, the economic and social development challenges facing the country require systematic analysis of the root causes of the problems and the possible alternative strategies to mitigate these problems.

Our strategic priorities therefore aim to provide potential areas of research focus and are not intended to reflect our actual research work, which will continue to be identified and tailored to the needs that emerge through consultation and dialogue. 

In view of the above, our focus areas can be broadly categorized as:

One of the priority objectives of the Ugandan government is to sustain high economic growth and create employment, particularly for the youth. There is also increased focus on improving competitiveness in view of the EAC integration where Ugandan firms will face increased competition.

The EPRC's focus is on strengthening understanding of the linkage between macroeconomic performance and sectoral/microeconomics that are necessary to speed up the pace of socio-economic structural transformation.  
The EPRC is aware that despite the increased role of the state in economic growth and development, particularly in the provision of public goods and strategic investments, the private sector remains a key engine of economic growth. 
Sustainable use of natural resources underpins all of our livelihoods and community well-being. It is an important area of community concern, both domestically and internationally. 
EPRC research in this area examines Government behaviour in as far as policy formulation and implementation is concerned. 
Uganda is a small open economy which derives a significant portion of its growth from trade. Thus, issues of trade and regional integration need to be monitored closely. 
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