The man upon whose shoulders the Monetary integration of the sub region lies is Dr. Baba Yusuf Musa, an experienced technocrat steep in how the economies of the sub region work and their peculiarities and idiosyncrasies.
Dr. Musa is the Director-General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM); he holds a B.Sc. in Economics, MBA and PhD degrees.
He was the Director,Debt Management Department at WAIFEM from 2006 – 2018. Dr. Musa had a twenty-one year stint in the Research and International Economic Relations Departments, Central Bank of Nigeria, where he retired as an Assistant Director. He also worked in the Ministry of Education, Plateau State, Nigeria and the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), before joining the Central Bank of Nigeria.
For over two decades, Dr. Baba Musa has been involved in capacity building in the area of Macroeconomic Management, with emphasis on Public Debt Management of Anglophone West African Countries. His areas of specialization include: Theoretical Underpinnings in Debt Management, Macroeconomics of Debt, Debt Sustainability Analysis (DSA), Medium Term Debt Strategy Analysis (MTDS), Debt Management Performance Assessment (DeMPA), Portfolio Optimization Analysis, Loan Negotiations (contracting and rescheduling; specifically, the Paris and London Clubs), and Debt Data Recording and Review using Commonwealth Secretariat Debt Recording and Management System (CS-DRMS). Other areas include Front
Office and Middle Office functions in Debt Negotiations, Debt Forecasting, Risk Management,
Analysis and Techniques. He is an expert in Public Domestic Debt Management and Subnational Government Debt.
Dr. Musa for 5 years (2008 – 2013), was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the World Bank Debt Management Facility (DMF). From May 2016 – January 2019, he served as Chairman, World Bank DMF II implementation Coordination Group- (membership of the ICG consists of the International Monetary Fund, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, UNCTAD; Commonwealth Secretariat, the World Bank, Macroeconomic Management Training Institute for Eastern and Southern Africa, MEFMI; Debt Relief International, DRI; Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos, CEMLA; Agence UMOATitres; and Japan International Corporation Agency, JICA). He earlier served as a Member (1998– 2006), Capacity Building Programme Committee of Heavily Indebted Poor Countries’ (HIPC) Initiative. He has facilitated in several training programmes and participated in missions with several international organizations including the World Bank, IMF, UNITAR, Commonwealth Secretariat, Debt Relief International, United Nations Institute for Training and Research(UNITAR), etc. An erudite scholar with several publications in peer reviewed local and international journals.