Anna Twum

Anna Twum is a Country Economist at the IGC in Rwanda. She holds an MPA, Economics and Public Policy degree from Princeton University and a BA in Economics from Pomona College. Prior to the IGC, she worked with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a research analyst where her work focused on macroeconomic economic analysis and capacity development. She has also worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa on industrial policy and trade. She is passionate about building resilient and inclusive economies and currently focuses on industrial, trade and tax policy at the IGC.

Content by Anna Twum
  • Blog post

    Rwanda’s response to COVID-19 and future challenges

    Containment efforts have been effective; however, an impending global recession means the economic impacts of the pandemic will continue to be felt. In Rwanda, as of 19 May 2020, there have been 297 cases of COVID-19, of which 94 are active. There have been no deaths. These statistics are remarkable for the low number of cases and the fact that there have been no deaths so...

    19 May 2020 | Jonathan Bower, Derek Apell, Anna Twum, Umulisa Adia

  • Blog post

    The long road towards supply chain trade in Africa

    Low-cost inputs trade, simple rules-of-origin, and digital connectivity are key to regional trade integration and global value chain participation. The recent Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), in force since May 2019, is an important opportunity to develop and deepen supply chain trade across Africa. Evidence shows that integration into production networks -...

    27 Apr 2020 | Jaime de Melo, Anna Twum

  • Publication - Project Report

    Supply chain trade in East Africa

    Deeper regional integration is the main objective of the recently launched Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Supply chain trade both at the level of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and across RECs are to spearhead the AfCFTA. Indicators of Global Value Chains (GVC) participation show that even though the EAC and other African RECs have increased their...

    13 Feb 2020 | Jaime de Melo, Anna Twum

  • Project

    Competitiveness analysis of the Rwanda textile industry

    The National Industrial Research Development Agency (NIRDA) engaged a local consultant to gather data on the garments value chain with a view to analysing its competitiveness in an international perspective, and developing recommendations to support productivity upgrading. This project will make use of the data collected to design a framework for analysing and tracking...

    10 Dec 2019 | Ben Shepherd , Anna Twum

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Promoting industrialisation in Rwanda: Five ideas and twelve policy actions

    To attain middle-income status by 2035, Rwanda will have to accelerate the growth of its industrial sector – and maintain double digit annual growth in exports for coming decades. An active industrial policy can help. Industrial policy spans policy domains well beyond the normal purview of a normal commerce and trade ministry. Policy instruments include public...

    5 Feb 2019 | Richard Newfarmer, Anna Twum

  • Project

    Review of Rwanda's industrial policy

    This project responds to a request from the Government of Rwanda for advice in relation to the upcoming review of its industrial policy. The Government is keen to learn from experience with its existing industrial policy, and to use that insight to develop a range of interventions that can support rapid productivity growth and structural change over the 2050 time horizon....

    15 Nov 2018 | Ben Shepherd , Anna Twum