Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, the minister of trade, has left the cabinet.
The minister submitted his letter of resignation to President Nana Akufo-Addo on January 5, 2023, according to many people close to him.
There have long been rumors that the person known as “Alan Cash” wants to run for the position of New Patriotic Party flagbearer (NPP).
But it’s not clear if the resignation is intended to free him up to focus on that goal.
In 2007, Mr. Kyerematen ran for the NPP leadership and received 32.3% of the vote.
He came in second place behind Nana Akufo-Addo, who received 47.96% of the vote.
In his subsequent bids for the party’s leadership in 2010 and 2014, Mr. Kyerematen came in second to Akufo-Addo, who had won the primary elections.
To replace departing Director-General Pascal Lamy, Ghana submitted Kyerematen for the position of WTO director-general in 2012, and the African Union supported his candidacy (AU).
He did not, however, make the shortlist for the 2013 selection process.
Kyerematen was sworn in as Ghana’s Minister of Trade in 2017.
Since the NPP was founded in 1992, Kyerematen has been a major strategist and a leading pillar of the organization.
He was a founding member of the NPP and has held positions on its top decision-making committees, which have influenced the Party’s strategic course both in opposition and in power.
From 1992 until 2001, he served as a member of the NPP’s National Executive Committee as well as its Economic Management Team and Finance Committee.
He is also a founding member of the Young Executive Forum (YEF), a potent advocacy and lobbying group within the Party that made a significant contribution to enlisting the help of the business and professional community in order to advance the party’s expansion and development as well as to inspire a new generation of party supporters and young leaders.
He represented the essence and spirit of the new generation of party leaders throughout his tenure as Chairman of YEF from 1992 to 2001.