Dr. Bartholomew Armah is Chief of Development Planning, Macroeconomics and Governance Division at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Dr. Armah joined ECA following his tenure as a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA). As the Director a.i., of the Macroeconomics and Governance Division of ECA [March 2020- March 2022] he led research on the macroeconomic impact of the pandemic on Africa and on on-lending Special Drawing Rights, for Africa’s pandemic recovery.
A development economist with expertise on debt management, economic development, development planning, and international trade, he designed the Integrated Planning and Reporting Tool (IPRT) – a development planning software that facilitates alignment of national development plans with continental and global frameworks such as the Africa Agenda 2063 and the 203 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The IPRT also tracks progress on national development plans, generates automated reports, and links development targets to sources of financing. He leads ECA’s publication of the report “Africa Sustainable Development Report”, which evaluates Africa’s performance on the 2030 Agenda and the African Union Agenda 2063: The Future We Want. He has published reports on Africa’s debt situation and on the role of Special Drawing Rights in responding to these challenges. He advises the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa on the design of the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility, a special purpose vehicle designed to lower the cost of commercial borrowing by enhancing the liquidity, demand and price of sovereign bonds issued by emerging market economies.
He has served in several capacities including as Chief Economist of the Institute of Economic Affairs (Ghana), member of Ghana’s Monetary Policy Committee, board member of Ghana’s National Investment bank, and Policy and Planning Coordinator of the UN Secretary General’s Transition Team for the reform of the UN development system.
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