Dr. Abdoulie Sireh Jallow, First Deputy Governor

President Adama Barrow has appointed Dr. Abdoulie Sireh Jallow, former lead economist at Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank as the First Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of The Gambia, replacing Dr. Seeku Jaabi.

Dr. Abdoulie Sireh-Jallow is a Development Economist with over 25 years of national and international experience. He spent about 8 years with the Government of The Gambia rising from Cadet Planner at the then Ministry of Economic Panning and Industrial Development to Senior Economist and Head of the Macroeconomic and Financial Analysis Unit of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs and finally as Director of the Policy Analysis Unit, Office of The President.

His international experience span 8 years as Economic Advisor and Head of the Strategy and Policy Units of UNDP Country Offices in Zambia, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia. He spent the last 11 years at the Islamic Development Bank working on development financing, specifically leading the formulation of partnership strategies between Islamic Development Bank and member countries such as Senegal, Benin, Niger, Nigeria, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Gabon, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and recently Indonesia, Maldives and Yemen.

Abdoulie comes with a lot of experience in management, analytics and dialogue with partners having worked with Economists of the World Bank, African Development Bank, Department For International Development, International Monetary Fund, UN Agencies, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and other development partners in his duty stations.

His research interests are in development financing, econometric modelling and competitiveness while his current passion is on fiscal space expansion through non-traditional sources of development finance. He has published papers on the empirics of optimal currency areas, development financing, regional integration and dynamic competitiveness in Africa. His most recent publication is a book he co-authored entitled, Financing Development in Africa – Leveraging Non-Traditional Sources of Development Finance that is currently being released. This book addresses policy-relevant issues pertinent to developing countries such as The Gambia.

Abdoulie holds a B.Sc. (Honors) (Economics) from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, MA (Economics) from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts and PhD. (Economics) from McGill University in Montreal Canada.

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