Key Activities

CEPDeR is involved in the following activities:

  • Evidence-based Research and Analysis on economic policy issues at private, local, regional, national and international level
  • Human Capital Development, Special Trainings and Capacity Building

  • Policy appraisal, evaluation and analysis, thereby contributing to the economic development activities of government at various levels
  • Receiving and managing industry-based research (R&D) grants for data collation and market research
  • Publishing Working Papers, Journals, Regular/Special Reports, Policy Briefs and Newsletters
  • Organizing technical workshops, seminars, conferences and public debates towards effective economic policy making and implementation
  • Collaboration with organisations like International Development Research Centre (IDRC), African Growth and Development Policy Modelling Consortium (AGRODEP), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), African Economic Research Consortium, (AERC), OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), The Global Fund, African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER)

Recent and Future Activities

Workshop and Roundtable session to discuss ‘Trending Issues on Trade Negotiations with Prof. J. A. Aremu who was among Nigerian Delegation to the World Trade Organisation (WTO)’s 11th Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Argentina, December 2017. CEPDeR recommends the following:

1. Through the vehicle of the Centre (CEPDeR), short courses and later postgraduate programmes (such Postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Trade Policy and Trade Laws) should be put in place to boost Nigeria’s trade negotiating capacity. No institution in Nigeria offers such courses despite that the country embarks on trade negotiations over and over at different platform.

2. The importance of nationalism, patriotism and social attitude cannot be overemphasised when a country is striving to achieve a formidable and robust Trade Policy for Negotiation.

3. There is also the need for appropriate structure and capacity improvement and coalition building among trading partners, especially in developing countries where many still have the notion that existing global trade model is a zero-sum game, in which developed countries gain and developing countries loss.

  • Academic Journal Publications
  • Special Reports on Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth Plan – Focus Laboratory
  • CFTA Newsflash