PROFILE OF DR. ABU BAKARR TARAWALIE
Abu Bakarr Tarawalie, a Sierra Leonean, has over Fifteen years professional experience in government, academia, policy research and public sector, working on economic policy management and regional integration issues at country and international levels. Tarawalie holds a PhD in Economics and currently serves as Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development and Regional Integration at the MRU Secretariat. Tarawalie worked at the IMF in the African Department, assigned to the Central African Republic and Ethiopia. Prior to his engagement at the IMF, Tarawalie was Assistant Director at the Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED), Freetown, Sierra Leone. Tarawalie also held the position of Director of Research and Statistics at the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI) in Accra, Ghana, and was a member of the Management Board of WAMI. During his engagement at WAMI, Tarawalie served as mission chief to Sierra Leone, and was the managing editor of the West African Journal of Monetary and Economic Integration (WAJMEI), a peer review journal published twice a year. WAMI is a regional institution working on regional integration programme for the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) countries, comprising Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Tarawalie served as lecturer at the Department of Economic, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. Tarawalie also served in various capacities as statistician, economist and senior economist. He has demonstrated track record of impact policy research studies and has published over 20 Journal articles and occasional papers in reputable international journals.