Thomas Kigabo, Central Bank chief economist passes on

On 15 January 2021 at 08:14

Dr. Thomas Kigabo Rusuhuzwa, the chief economist at the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR) has died of natural causes.He is said to have passed on from Kenya where he was getting medical attention.

News about his death circulated today morning. He has died at the age of 57.

Speaking to IGIHE; Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, the Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda, has confirmed that Dr. Kigabo died in Kenya.

“It is true that he has passed on. We are still trying to reach out to his family for further information,” she said.

Pastor Irakiza Rweribamba Isaac, the elder brother of late Kigabo has told IGIHE that Dr. Kigabo succumbed to Coronavirus which he caught last week.

Dr. Kigabo was also a board member of Economic Policy Research Network Rwanda (EPRN).

Thomas Kigabo Rusuhuzwa 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.

Prof Thomas Kigabo has died of natural causes.