Joseph Henry Mensah

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Joseph Henry Mensah (born 31 October 1928) is a former Ghanaian politician and economist.

Education[edit]

Mensah attended the University of the Gold Coast (now University of Ghana) between 1948-1954. He then headed to University of London then Stanford University, where he earned his both a bachelor's and master's degree with a specialization in economic theory and development. In 1954, Mensah became a Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Ghana, which lasted until 1958.

Political Career[edit]

Mensah began working as an assistant inspector of taxes in 1953 while the Gold Coast was still under colonial rule. In 1958, Mensah joined the United Nations Secretariat at the Centre for Development Planning, Projections and Policies, in New York, United States. Mensah returned to Ghana in 1961 as the Head of Agency at the National Planning commission. The National Planning commission drew and implemented the country's Seven-Year Development Plan (1962-1969). In 1969, he was elected to parliament and became the Finance minister until 1972, when he was replaced by future head of state Ignatius Kutu Acheampong after the military coup.

Post Coup[edit]

Beginning in 1974, Mensah worked in the private sector both in Ghana and abroad. He was imprisoned by the National Redemption Council from 1975 to 1978. Although banned from political activity in 1979, he was active for the Popular Front Party in the 1979 elections.[1] He also served as Chairman of the Sunyani District Council in Brong-Ahafo Region (1979-1981), and proprietor of Banka Farms. Exiled in England, in 1983 he headed a group opposing the PNDC.[1] He also served on the African Advisory Council of the African Development Bank from 1993-1997. In December 1996, Mensah contested a parliamentary seat in Sunyani East District as a member of the New Patriotic Party, which he won. He was re-elected in 2000. Prior to John Kufuor's election in 2001, Mensah was the minority leader in Parliament.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Daniel Miles McFarland, Historical Dictionary of Ghana, Scarecrow Press, 1995, p. 121
Political offices
Preceded by
Akwasi Afrifa
Minister for Finance1
(NLC)

? – ?
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
?
Minister for Finance
1969 – 1972
Succeeded by
Ignatius Kutu Acheampong
Preceded by
?
Minister and Leader of Government Business
2001 – 2003
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Albert Kan Dapaah
Minister for Public Sector Reform and National Institutional Renewal Programme
2003 – 2005
Succeeded by
Paa Kwesi Nduom
Preceded by
New Position
Senior Minister
2005 – 2006
Succeeded by
abolished
Parliament of Ghana
Preceded by
Parliament suspended
Member of Parliament
1969 – 1972
Succeeded by
Parliament suspended
Preceded by
Ato Quarshie
Member of Parliament for Sunyani East
1997 – 2009
Succeeded by
Kwasi Ameyaw-Cherimeh
Notes and references
1. STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT PROGRAMS (SAPS) IN GHANA: INTERROGATING PNDC's IMPLEMENTATION ISSN: 1525-4488