Abdoulaye Seck, based in Yangon, is the World Bank’s Country Manager in Myanmar.
Abdoulaye is an economist by training. Before coming to Myanmar, he was the World Bank’s Country Manager in Moldova in Eastern Europe where he led the preparation and implementation of the World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Strategy. He has led the policy dialogue with the Government on a number of development challenges, including competitiveness and inclusive and sustainable growth, human capital development, reforms of the social safety nets, and adaptation to climate change. Abdoulaye has overseen the development and quality of a large portfolio in support of the Government’s effort to eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. He has promoted effective coordination and relations with other development partners and stakeholders to strengthen country-led development process.
Abdoulaye also served as Advisor in the Credit Risk Analysis Department of the Japan International Cooperation Agency in Tokyo (Japan) from 2009 to 2011. He provided strategic advice in managing the overall credit risk bearing capacity of JICA. Prior to joining JICA on external service, Mr. Seck was a Senior Economist at the World Bank where he led the dialogue on economic policies and growth strategies, development policy lending, and the implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. Abdoulaye was also on the World Bank-wide callable roster for work on post-conflict recovery operations, or fragile states. Abdoulaye joined the World Bank’s office in Senegal in 1993 and moved to Headquarters as an economist with the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Sector for the Africa region in 1998.
Before joining the World Bank, Abdoulaye was an economist in the Ministry of Finance in Senegal, where he oversaw the preparation of national accounts, macroeconomic forecasts and economic planning. He has also collaborated with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in 1993-1994 in a Research program on Endogenous Growth, Financial Systems and Resources Allocation, resulting in a publication "Growth in Senegal: A lost opportunity? Berthelemy, Seck, Vourc'h, OECD, Paris 1997"
Abdoulaye’s operational experience has been built on the ground in numerous countries, both low- and middle-income, in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Middle-East.
Abdoulaye holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics from the Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance in Paris (France).