Kwesi Amissah-Arthur

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Kwesi Amissah-Arthur
6th Vice President of the Republic of Ghana
(5th Vice President of the 4th Republic)
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 August 2012
President John Dramani Mahama
Preceded by John Dramani Mahama
12th Governor of Bank of Ghana
In office
1 October 2009 – 6 August 2012
President John Atta Mills
Preceded by Paul A. Acquah
Deputy Minister for Finance
In office
April 1993 – March 1997
President Jerry Rawlings
Deputy Secretary for Finance and Economic Planning
In office
February 1986 – March 1993
President Jerry Rawlings
Personal details
Born (1951-04-29) 29 April 1951 (age 64)
Cape Coast, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Political party National Democratic Congress
Children 2
Residence Accra, Ghana
Alma mater University of Ghana
Occupation Economist, Consultant, Academician, Politician
Religion Methodist

Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur (born 29 April 1951) is the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana. He has also worked as the Governor of the Bank of Ghana. He is a Ghanaian economist, academician and politician. He was sworn in on 6 August 2012 following vetting by the Parliament of Ghana.[1] He was nominated by President John Dramani Mahama to be the Vice President a week after Mahama himself was sworn in as President.[2] This followed the sudden death of John Atta Mills on 24 July 2012.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Amissah-Arthur was born at Cape Coast, the capital of the Central Region of Ghana. His mother is from the Hutchful family and his father is from the Amissah-Arthur family. Both families originating from Cape Coast. He completed his secondary education at the Mfantsipim School where he obtained the GCE Ordinary Level in 1969 and the GCE Advanced Level in 1971. He proceeded to the University of Ghana at Legon where he obtained the B.Sc. in 1974 and M.Sc.in 1976, both in Economics.[4][5]

Economics and consultancy[edit]

Amissah-Arthur lectured at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana between 1980 and 1988. Prior to this, he was a research assistant at the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research between 1974 and 1975. He later joined the Economics Department as a teaching assistant from 1977 to 1978 going on to become an assistant lecturer in 1979. He has also been a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. (August, 1981 – July, 1983).[6] He went into politics until 1997. He worked as a Consultant for the World Bank in the Gambia. He also served as a consultant for the Netherlands government Education project in Ghana. He then worked as Senior Economist for the Sigma One Corporation in Ghana between 1998 and 2000. Between 2001 and 2002, he was on assignment for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.[4]

Politics[edit]

Between 1983 and 1986, Amissah-Arthur served as a special assistant to the PNDC Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwesi Botchwey in the Provisional National Defense Council government. He became a Deputy Secretary for finance in the PNDC government form February 1986 until March 1993. From April 1993, he continued as the Deputy Minister for Finance in the Rawlings government after the establishment of constitutional rule until March 1997.[4][6]

Banking[edit]

Amissah-Arthur was appointed Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by the late President John Atta Mills. He held this position till 6 August 2012 when he became the Vice President of Ghana.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Amissah-Arthur is married with two children. He is a Christian and is known to worship at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka in Accra.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gadugah, Nathan. "Amissah-Arthur is now Vice President". Politics. MyJoyOnline. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Amissah Arthur is Vice President". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "President Mills Dies at 68". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "President Mahama Nominates Governor Of Bank Of Ghana As Vice President". Official website. Government of Ghana. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Alumnus Amissah-Arthur Cuts Sod For The Construction Of Economics Building". Official website. University of Ghana. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "The man Amissah-Arthur...he has risen through the ranks". Politics. MyJoyOnline. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Governors and Deputy Governors of the Bank Since its Inception". Official website. Bank of Ghana. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Amissah-Arthur's security detail changed". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Kingsley Acquah
Governor of Bank of Ghana
2009–2012
Succeeded by
Kofi Wampah
Vacant
Preceded by
John Dramani Mahama
Vice President of Ghana
2012–present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
John Dramani Mahama
President of Ghana
Kwesi Amissah-Arthur
Vice President of Ghana
Succeeded by
Joyce Bamford-Addo
Speaker of Parliament of Ghana