Kwesi Amissah-Arthur

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Kwesi Amissah-Arthur
Vice-President of Ghana
(5th Vice-President of the Fourth Republic)
In office
6 August 2012 – 7 January 2017
President John Dramani Mahama
Preceded by John Dramani Mahama
Succeeded by Mahamudu Bawumia
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 66)
Cape Coast, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Political party National Democratic Congress
Spouse(s) Matilda Amissah-Arthur
Children 2: Kwesi Nyan Amissah-Arthur and Araba Amissah-Arthur
Residence Accra, Ghana
Alma mater University of Ghana
Occupation Economist, consultant, academician, politician

Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur (born 29 April 1951)[1] is a Ghanaian economist, academic and politician who was the sixth Vice-President of Ghana, in office from 6 August 2012 until 7 January 2017, under President John Dramani Mahama. Previously he was Governor of the Bank of Ghana from 2009 to 2012.

He was sworn in as Vice-President on 6 August 2012, following vetting by the Parliament of Ghana.[2] He was nominated by President John Dramani Mahama to be the vice-president a week after Mahama himself was sworn in.[3] This followed the sudden death of John Atta Mills on 24 July 2012.[4]

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 originated 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.[5][6]

Economics and consultancy[edit]

Amissah-Arthur 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 lectured at the Department of Economics at the University of Ghana between 1980 and 1988. He has also been a lecturer at the Department of Economics, Anambra State College of Education, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria (August 1981 – July 1983).[7] 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.[5]


From 1983 to 1986, Amissah-Arthur served as a special assistant to the Secretary of Finance and Economic Planning, Kwesi Botchwey, in the Provisional National Defense Council government. Subsequently, he was Deputy Secretary for Finance in the PNDC government from February 1986 to 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.[5][7]

Amissah-Arthur was appointed as Governor of the Bank of Ghana in October 2009 by President John Atta Mills. He held this position until 6 August 2012, when he became Vice-President of Ghana following the death of Atta Mills.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Amissah-Arthur is married to Matilda Amissah-Arthur with two children. He is a Christian and is known to worship at the Calvary Methodist Church at Adabraka in Accra.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kwabena Asemsro, "Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur Profile", GhanaWeb.
  2. ^ Gadugah, Nathan. "Amissah-Arthur is now Vice President". Politics. MyJoyOnline. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Amissah Arthur is Vice President". General news. Ghana Home Page. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "President Mills Dies at 68". GhanaWeb. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "President Mahama Nominates Governor Of Bank Of Ghana As Vice President". Official website. Government of Ghana. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Alumnus Amissah-Arthur Cuts Sod For The Construction Of Economics Building". Official website. University of Ghana. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "The man Amissah-Arthur... he has risen through the ranks". Politics. MyJoyOnline. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Governors and Deputy Governors of the Bank Since its Inception". Official website. Bank of Ghana. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Amissah-Arthur's security detail changed". GhanaWeb. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Kingsley Acquah
Governor of Bank of Ghana
Succeeded by
Kofi Wampah
Preceded by
John Dramani Mahama
Vice-President of Ghana
Order of precedence
Preceded by
John Dramani Mahama
President of Ghana
Kwesi Amissah-Arthur
Vice-President of Ghana
Succeeded by
Mike Oquaye
Speaker of Parliament of Ghana