Dr. Kigabo, the former chief economist at the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) breathed the last on 15th January 2021 in Kenya where he was getting treatment.
His body was flown to Rwanda yesterday and taken at Kacyiru Hospital.
Dr. Kigabo’s relatives have told IGIHE that burial is planned next week when his wife is expected to be out of quarantine.
“We have to wait until his wife is out of quarantine but his burial is arranged on Tuesday next week. She might be released on Sunday,” said Pastor Irakiza Rweribamba Isaac, Dr. Kigabo’s elder brother.
Dr. Kigabo was also a board member of Economic Policy Research Network Rwanda (EPRN). Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dr. Kigabo died at the aged of 57. He left a wife and five children.
Dr. Kigabo holds a Ph.D in monetary, finance and international economics at University of LYON 2/France and Masters in Applied Mathematics. He joined the National Bank of Rwanda in 2007 as Chief economist, after serving many years as Director, academic affairs and Rector of Kigali Independent University.
Kigabo has been teaching following courses at the same university but also at University of Rwanda and Jomo Kenyata University at bachelor, masters and PHD levels: econometrics, monetary economics, applied mathematics and microeconomics.
He has an extensive experience in research in different areas including monetary policy, financial inclusion, issue related to financial sector development, development economics and regional integration among others.
Kigabo supervised or co-supervised PHD students in Rwanda and in different universities in Europe.
As chief economist of the National Bank of Rwanda, Dr. Kigabo played an important role in formulation and implementation of monetary policy in Rwanda and Government of Rwanda economic policies as well as the development of financial sector.
He also played important role in negotiation of policies with different stakeholders including the International Monetary Funds and the World Bank.