About Us

The second African Regional Technical Assistance Centre in West Africa (AFRITAC West 2), is a collaborative effort between the International Monetary Fund (IMF), recipient countries and several bilateral and multilateral partners. It originated from the IMF’s response to African leaders’ call on the international community to increase capacity development (CD) to Africa and focus it more sharply on capacity building in core macroeconomic and financial management areas. 

The main focus of AFRITAC West 2 is to provide CD support in six West African countries (Cabo Verde, Ghana-host country, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia). This Regional Center located in Accra, is governed by a Steering Committee (SC) composed of representatives of AFRITAC West 2 countries and development partners. The activities undertaken by the center follow a detailed workplan, which is revised and approved by the Steering Committee. While it provides the general guidelines for the center’s work, the plan is applied flexibly and could change according to emerging needs and priorities. The center is financed by member countries, the IMF, multilateral and bilateral donors. 

Staffing at AFRITAC West 2 is tailored to the needs and priorities of participating countries. The Center currently has seven resident advisors that implement CD in the following areas: Revenue Administration and Taxation, Public Financial Management, Macroeconomic Statistics, Monetary Operations and Payments System and Banking Supervision. 

The first financing Phase of AFRITAC West 2 (2014 – 2019) ended in April 2019. During Phase I, the center administered over 600 CD missions, trainings and attachments to member countries. These were in line with  objectives, outcomes and milestones entrenched in a results-based management (RBM) framework, and in cooperation with other RTACS and development partners in the region. Five years of support to country authorities and institutions, has led to key achievements in enforcing strong and efficient systems in the core macroeconomic and financial management areas. 

-  AFW2 provided intensive CD to support the Nigerian government in implementing the pre-requisite steps for Treasury Single Account adoption, at both the federal and sub-national levels (Kaduna state), in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

-  Successful collection, compilation and release of updated and/or rebased national accounts and CPI data in Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria.

-  Introduced central banks in The Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone to new economic indicators such as the Composite Index of Economic Activity (CIEA), real-effective exchange rate (REER), and different core inflation measures to improve monetary policy analyses and policymaking. 

-  Assisted the Central Bank of Ghana, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the National Insurance Commission (NIC) with the  development of  a risk-based approach to anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) supervision.

-  The establishment of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), in the aftermath of the conflict, including development of standard operating procedures, promoting more effective operations management and governance.

-  Building on AFW2 CD in liquidity management and forecasting, three jointly-organized FX-market simulations (with AFE and AFS) led to Sierra Leone developing its FX markets and conducting its first automated FX market auction in 2018.

Going into Phase II, the Center aims to sustain a steady implementation of CD to its member countries. The focus will be on country ownership of CD interventions and the implementation of recommendations within a results-oriented approach. Regional integration and development partner coordination will continue to feature in AFRITAC West 2’s strategy, as outlined in the Phase II Program Document, endorsed by the Steering Committee.

Our Staff

User-added image Oral H. Williams Center Coordinator
User-added image Vitus C. Ukwuoma Regional Advisor Financial Supervision
User-added image Zsolt Ersek Regional Advisor Monetary Operations and Payments System
User-added image Henry Gaperi Regional Advisor Revenue Administration (Tax)
User-added image Elirjeta Pepaj Regional Advisor Statistics
User-added image David M. Smith Regional Advisor Revenue Administration (Customs)
User-added image Naresh Jha Regional Adviser Public Financial Management
User-added image Kubai Khasiani Regional Adviser Public Financial Management
User-added image Elorm Darkey Project Officer Results-Based Management
User-added image Pokuaa Adu Local Economist Special Project Officer
User-added image Janice Norman Office Manager
Selase Kofi Dusi Administrative Assistant IT Officer
Maria Adam Maria Adam Administrative Assistant
User-added image Deborah Morrison Staff Assistant