Dr Bruce Byiers is a development economist with a DPhil from the University of Sussex, UK. Originally from Scotland, he is a Policy Officer in the Trade and Economic Governance team at ECDPM where he has been working since May 2011. He is working on issues relating to the growing call to "engage the private sector for development", domestic resource mobilisation, private sector investment in agriculture under CAADP, regional integration initiatives, aid for trade and trade facilitation. As part of his work, he brings an economic approach with an understanding of political economy issues. At ECDPM he has so far been involved in fieldwork in Mozambique, Tanzania and Côte d'Ivoire. Prior to ECDPM, Bruce worked as a consultant, carrying out projects for various organisations including UNIDO, USAID, and DANIDA. The focus of his work was mainly on industrial policy and private sector development, more specifically focusing on barriers to firm expansion, informality and tax policy in Mozambique, Rwanda and Lesotho. Bruce also worked in the Mozambican Ministry of Planning and Development/Finance for five years, partly as an ODI Fellow and subsequently as a consultant and researcher in the Macro-economic Projections Unit of the National Budget Directorate, and the Directorate for Policy Studies and Analysis.